Vanessa Mathews

Associate Professor
PhD (Toronto)

Office: CL 339
Phone: 306-585-5329

Current classes
Winter 2024 - GES 120; GES 346

Research interests

  • Craft beer
  • Building reuse
  • Heritage
  • Urban space
  • Urban planning
  • Gentrification
  • Embodied practice

Current Projects:

I am currently the Principal Investigator on a SSHRC IDG grant (with Dr. Roger Picton, Trent University) on the effects of craft beer on small towns in Ontario.

Another theme that I am investigating in my research, is the link between historic buildings and embodied energy, with a particular interest in the role that existing buildings play in urban sustainability.

Lastly, my research explores embodiment and urban space, specifically how movements and meanings of the body are transformed/limited/directed in public.

Recent Publications:

Mathews, Vanessa (2019) Lofts in translation: Gentrification in the Warehouse District, Regina, Saskatchewan. Canadian Geographer, 63(2), 284-296.

Mathews, Vanessa (2019) Reconfiguring the breastfeeding body in urban public spaces. Social & Cultural Geography, 20(9), 1266-1284.

Mathews, Vanessa (2018) Reusing Buildings, Of Land & Living Skies: A Community, Journal on Place, Land, and Learning. (Issue 8)

Mathews, Vanessa (2014) Incoherence and tension in culture-led redevelopment, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(3), 1019-1036.

Mathews, Vanessa & Roger M. Picton (2014) Intoxifying gentrification: Brew pubs and the geography of post-industrial heritage, Urban Geography, 35(3), 337-356.

Mathews, Vanessa, (2013) book review of Richard Lloyd, Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge) in The Canadian Geographer.

Mathews, Vanessa (2010) Aestheticizing space: Art, gentrification and the city, Geography Compass, 4(6), 660-675.

Mathews, Vanessa (2010) Set appeal: Film space and urban redevelopment, Social & Cultural Geography, 11(2), 171-190.

Mathews, Vanessa (2008) Artcetera: Narrativizing gentrification in Yorkville, Toronto, Urban Studies, 45(13), 2849-76.

Mathews, Vanessa (2006) Art Space and Image Value: Redevelopment at the Distillery District, Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network, Spring (No. 167).

Recent Interviews / Podcasts:

CBC National (radio). Interviewed by Jason Osler, National Trends Reporter. Breastfeeding in public. Aired 14-28 August, 2019.

Rebellion Brewing Co. Podcast. Craft Beer Booms. Interviewed by Matthew Barton. 13 August, 2019.

360 degree City. Podcast. Brewing up community. Interviewed by John Lewis. 26 November, 2018.

Regina Leader-Post. More than beer: Regina urban geographer considers craft breweries’ impact on economy and community. Reporter Jennifer Ackerman. 26 July, 2018.