Emily Hawes

Emily Hawes
PhD Student

Contact: emily.hawes@mail.utoronto.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Alan Walks



  • PhD Candidate in Human Geography – University of Toronto
  • MA Human Geography – University of British Columbia (2016)
  • BA Honours Geography, Minor: History – McGill University (2011)

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.

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

Publications and Presentations

  • Walks, A., Simone, D., Hawes, E. (2018). “Underwater Generation? Debt and Wealth among Millennials”, in M. Moos et al. The Millennial City: Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy. Routledge. pp 51-64.
  • Graham, S., Hawes, E., Ley, D. (2016). “Metro Vancouver’s Debtscape”. Research report from SPARC 2016 BC in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership.