Emily Hawes

Emily Hawes

PhD Student
Dr. Alan Walks, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My interests fall broadly in the areas of economic, financial, and urban geography. I am particularly attracted to questions about the economic or financial security of individuals and households, and the ‘financialization of everyday life’. Themes of interest include income and wealth inequality, inter-generational inequality, household debt, pension systems and ‘pension fund capitalism’, and the cultures and politics of housing and mortgage markets. I am currently conducting research on household financial management practices—with emphasis on investing activities—in the post-financial crisis period, and the ways in which these intersect with housing and the development of FinTech. I am also studying the economic geography of FinTech in Canada with focus on the development of this sector in Toronto.

Honours and Awards

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-Doctoral Award
  • John Horner Graduate Scholarship in Geography
  • Michael Ralph Walsh Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Faculty of Arts & Science Admission Award
  • Robert S. Wyly Scholarship in Urban Studies
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-Master’s Award
PhD Student in Human Geography – University of Toronto
MA Human Geography – University of British Columbia
BA Honours Geography, Minor: History – McGill University


  • Walks, A., Hawes, E., and Simone, D. (202x). Gentrification in Large Canadian Cities: Tenure, Age and Exclusionary Displacement 1991-2011. Urban Geography. (Accepted)
  • Hawes, E. and Grisdale, S. (2020). "Housing Crisis in a Canadian Global City: Financialization, Buy-To-Let Investors and Short-Term Rentals in Toronto’s Rental Market". S. Bunce, N. Livingstone, March, L., S. Moore, and Walks, A. (Eds). Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism: London and Toronto. : xx-xx. (In Press)


Research Supervisor / Mentor
Dr. Alan Walks