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Vanessa Mathews

Associate Professor
PhD (University of Toronto)

Office: CL 339
E-mail: Vanessa.Mathews@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5329

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. https://soundcloud.com/jasonosler/breastfeeding-in-public

Rebellion Brewing Co. Podcast. Craft Beer Booms. Interviewed by Matthew Barton. 13 August, 2019. https://anchor.fm/rebellionbrewing/episodes/Dr--Vanessa-Mathews-on-Craft-Beer-Booms-e4uprt

360 degree City. Podcast. Brewing up community. Interviewed by John Lewis. 26 November, 2018. https://360degree.city/2018/11/26/brewing-up-community-2/

Regina Leader-Post. More than beer: Regina urban geographer considers craft breweries’ impact on economy and community. Reporter Jennifer Ackerman. 26 July, 2018. https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/more-than-beer-regina-urban-geographer-considers-craft-breweries-impact-on-economy-and-community