Yolande Pottie-Sherman

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN2015
Tel: (709) 864-8984
Fax: (709) 864-3119
Email: ypottiesherm[at]mun[dot]ca
Twitter: @ypsherm

Sustainable Communities & Regions

Society, Knowledge & Values


Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and an urban geographer specializing in human migration. She is the author of numerous academic articles on migration, socio-cultural diversity, and community change, and co-editor of Resettlement: Uprooting and Rebuilding Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and Beyond (ISER 2020). Dr. Pottie-Sherman’s research centres on the political economy of migration and local responses to immigration in non-traditional immigration destinations – particularly in the United States Rust Belt and Atlantic Canada. At Memorial University, she co-leads the Adaptive Cities and Engagement Space, a research collective promoting social justice in smaller cities. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). Dr. Pottie-Sherman is currently Principal Investigator of the SSHRC Insight Grant “New home North,” which examines the housing experiences of international migrants in the Northern Canadian cities of Whitehorse, Yukon, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. She is also Co-Investigator on the $4 million OFI-funded project: “Future ocean and coastal infrastructures: designing safe, sustainable, and inclusive coastal communities and industries for Atlantic Canada.” Through this project, her team is conducting research on housing, international migration, and COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

For a complete list of publications, please see her Google Scholar page.


Post-doc (2015) – Dartmouth College
PhD (2013) – University of British Columbia
MA (2008) – Queen’s University
BA (2006) – McGill University


GEOG 3620 – International Migration
GEOG 3701 – Urban Geography
GEOG 4700 – Adaptive Cities and Communities
GEOG 6800 – Urban Geography (Graduate)


Pottie-Sherman, Y., J. Christensen, M. Foroutan, & S. Zhou. (2023). Navigating the housing crisis: A comparison of international students and other newcomers in a mid-sized Canadian city. Canadian Geographies. DOI: 10.1111/cag/12869.

Graham, N. & Y. Pottie-Sherman. (2022). Higher education, international student mobility, and regional innovation in non-core regions: international student start-ups on “the rock.” The Canadian Geographer. 66(2): 234-272.

Graham, N., & Pottie‐Sherman, Y. (2021). The experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs in a medium‐sized Canadian city: The case of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien, 65(2), 184-196.

Pottie-Sherman, Y., & Graham, N. (2021). Live, Work, and Stay? Geographies of Immigrant Receptivity in Atlantic Canada’s Aspiring Gateways. Geographical Review, 111(2), 287-307.

Pottie‐Sherman, Y. (2020). Rust and reinvention: Im/migration and urban change in the American Rust Belt. Geography Compass, 14(3), 1-13.

Côté, I., & Pottie-Sherman, Y. (2020). The Contentious Politics of Resettlement Programs: Evidence from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 53(1), 19-37.

Côté, I. & Y. Pottie-Sherman (Eds). (2020) Resettlement: Uprooting and Rebuilding Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and Beyond. St. John’s: ISER Books.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & Lynch, N. (2019) Gaming on the edge: Mobile labour and global talent
in Atlantic Canada’s video game industry
. The Canadian Geographer. 63(3):425-439.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2018. Retaining international students in northeast, Ohio: Opportunities and Challenges in the ‘Age of Trump.’ Geoforum. 96: 32-40.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2018. Austerity urbanism and the promise of immigrant-and refugee-centered urban revitalization in the U.S. Rust Belt. Urban Geography. 39(3): 438-457.

Côté, I., Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2018. Op-ed: What if resettlement meant moving people to rural Newfoundland. CBC.ca. Jan. 6.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & R. Wilkes. 2017. Does size really matter? On the relationship between immigrant group size and anti-immigrant prejudice. International Migration Review. 51(1): 218-250.

Panesar, N., Y. Pottie-Sherman & R. Wilkes. 2017. The Komagata through a media lens. Racial, economic, and political threat in newspaper coverage of the 1914 Komagata Maru affair. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 49(1): 85-101.

Lynch, N. and Y. Pottie-Sherman. 2017. Urban spatialities beyond gentrification and gated communities. In Bain, A. & Peake, L. (Eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Perspective. Oxford University Press Canada.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & R. Wilkes. 2016. Visual media and the construction of the benign Canadian border on National Geographic’s “Border Security.” Social & Cultural Geography. 17(1): 81-100.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & D. Hiebert. 2015. Authenticity with a bang: Exploring suburban culture and migration through the new phenomenon of the Richmond night market. Urban Studies. 52(3): 538-554.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & R. Wilkes. 2014. Good code bad code: Exploring the immigration-nation dialectic through media coverage of the Hérouxville ‘Code of Life document.’ Migration Studies. 2(2): 189-211.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2013. Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market: Gentrification and the perception of Chinatown as a form of revitalization. Built Environment. 39(2): 172-189.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2012. Talent for citizenship and the American Dream: The U.S. as outlier in the global race for talent. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 14(3): 557-575.