Reimagining Care


Co-led by Dr. Roberta Hawkins, Associate Professor in Geography, and Amy Kipp, PhD Student in Social Practice and Transformational Change, Reimagining Care considers families, livelihoods, and living environments from feminist, anti-oppressive, and other critical perspectives.

Current Projects

Feminist Ethics of Care and Academia

This work aims to identify and highlight unequal power dynamics and neoliberal influences in academic institutions, describe people’s embodied experiences of these power dynamics, and offer possibilities for restructuring and reimagining what academia could be centered around a feminist ethics of care.

Related publications: 

Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., M. Walton-Roberts, R. Basu, R. Whitson, R. Hawkins, T. Hamilton and Curran, W. (2015). For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies14(4), 1235-1259.

Hawkins, R., Manzi, M., & Ojeda, D. (2014). Lives in the making: Power, academia and the everyday. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies13(2), 328-351.

Everyday Practices of Global Change

This long-term research agenda examines how the burden of responsibility to care about and address global problems such as poverty in the Global South or environmental degradation around the world is often downshifted to the mundane practices of individuals in the Global North (ethical consumption, household practices, digital engagement).

Related publications:  

Hawkins, R., & Horst, N. (2020). Ethical consumption? There's an app for that. Digital technologies and everyday consumption practices. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien64(4), 590-601.

Hawkins, R. (2018). Breaking down barriers of culture and geography? Caring-at-a-distance through web 2.0. New Political Science40(4), 727-743.

Caring Communities

This area of research explores Guelph as a caring community in collaboration with MA and PhD students and includes developing care maps focusing on the experiences of newcomers to Guelph, examining the digital caremongering movement that emerged in response to COVID-19, and exploring what a caring response to a post-COVID economic and community recovery would look like.  

Related publications: 

Kipp, A. and R. Hawkins (2021, Jan 27). Canadian caremongering: exploring the complexities and centrality of community care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Solidarity and Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Ahsan, O. (2021, June). CareMongering supports communities during the pandemic. University of Guelph, Office of Research.

Cluster Leaders:

Roberta Hawkins

Amy Kipp

Image Credits:

Book with sprouts:  Cdd20 from Pixabay 

Woman online shopping: Colourbox

People figures with arrows: Dr. Alex Sawatzky


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