Jina Gill is in the process of completing an M.A. in Human Geography at the University of Toronto. The goal of her research is to understand how power, particularly in relation to axes of difference (e.g. race, class, gender and Indigeneity), influences environmental governance, local farming and sustainability within Ontario. Focusing on the Rouge National Urban Park, her research will apply the theoretical framework of environmental justice to examine if Parks Canada is developing a healthy, inclusive and environmentally sustainable community. Her research will highlight the effective practices and shortcomings in the creation of Canada’s first national park. On a micro level, she hopes to achieve this by educating the community, creating workshops and leading seminars; on a macro level she hopes to influence policy change and development.
In 2014 Jina received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography and English Literature from the University of Toronto. During this time, she conducted research on food geographies and the governance of labour practices and racial inequalities that were involved in the construction and preservation of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. She has served as a teaching assistant in several different Human Geography courses.