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Athabasca University

Dr. Joshua Evans

Human Geography Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Human Geography


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  • Phone: 1-877-848-6905 (Canada/U.S.) or 780-481-9515
  • Athabasca University
    Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
    1 University Drive
    Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3


  • B.A. Human Geography (University of Alberta)
  • M.A. Human Geography (University of Alberta)
  • Ph.D. Human Geography (McMaster University)

Research Interests

Urban Social Geography

  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Urban Policy

Medical & Health Geography

  • Public Health
  • Hospital Design


Wilton, R. and Evans, J. (2016) Social enterprises as spaces of encounter for people with mental illness. Area, 48(2), 236-243

Baker, T. and Evans, J. (2016) ‘Housing first’ and the changing terrains of homeless governance. Geography Compass, 10(1), 25-41

Alaazi, D. Masuda, J. Evans, J. Distasio, J. (2015) Therapeutic landscapes of home: exploring Indigenous peoples' experiences of a Housing First intervention in WinnipegSocial Science & Medicine, 147, 30-37

Wilton, R. Buhariwala, P. Evans, J. (2015) Social Enterprises as Enabling Workplaces for People with Mental Illness. Disability & Society, 30(6), 865-879

Stewart, M. Masuda, J. Evans, J. Letourneau, N. & Edey, J. (2015). Respiratory health inequities experienced by low income children. Journal of Poverty. Vol 20(3), 278-295

Evans, J. Semogas, D. Smallwood, J. Lohfeld, L. 2015. “This place gives me a reason to care”: Understanding managed alcohol programs as enabling places. Health & Place, 33, 118-124

Wilton, R. DeVerteuil, G. and Evans, J. 2014. ‘No more of this macho bullshit’: Drug treatment, place and the remaking of masculinity. Transactions: Institute of British Geographers, 39(2), 291-303

Andrews, G. Evans, J., and McAlister, A. 2013. ‘Creating the right therapy vibe’: the relational performance of holistic medicine. Social Science & Medicine, 83, 99-109

Andrews, G., Evans, J., and Wiles, J. 2013. Re-spacing and re-placing gerontology: relationality and affect. Ageing & Society, 33, 8, 1339-1373

Andrews, G., Evans, J., Dunn, J., Masuda, J. 2012. Arguments in Health Geography: On Sub-Disciplinary Progress, Observation, Translation. Geography Compass, 6(6): 351-383

Evans, J. 2012. Supportive measures, enabling restraint: governing homeless 'street drinkers' in Hamilton, Canada. Social & Cultural Geography, 13(2): 175-190

Evans, J. 2011. Exploring the (bio)political dimensions of voluntarism and care in the city: The case of a ‘low barrier’ emergency shelter. Health & Place, 17: 24-32

Kidd, S. and Evans, J. 2011.Home is where you draw strength and rest: The meanings of home for houseless young people Youth & Society, 43(2): 752–773

Evans, J. and Garvin, T. 2009. You’re in Oil Country: Moral tales of citizen action against petroleum development in Alberta, Canada. Ethics, Place and Environment, 12(1): 49-68

Evans, J., Kingsbury, P. and Crooks, V. 2009. Theoretical Injections: On the Therapeutic Aesthetics of Medical Spaces. Social Science & Medicine, 69(5): 716-21

Andrews, G. and Evans, J. 2008. Reproducing health care: towards geographies in health care work. Progress in Human Geography, 32: 759-780

Book Chapters

Evans, J. and Wilton, R. (2016) “I’m a better person when I’m working”: Supportive Workplaces, Mental Illness, and Recovery. In Giesbrecht, M. and Crooks, V. (Eds) Place, Health, & Diversity: A Canadian Perspective. Burlington, VT: Ashgate

Evans, J. and Wilton, R. (2016) “What is Needed is the Mortar That Holds These Blocks Together”: Coordinating Local Services Through Community-Based Managerialism. Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness. Toronto, ON: Canadian Homelessness Hub

Evans, J. (2015) The Paradox of Plenty: Ending Homelessness in Alberta. In Stefanick, L. and Shrivastava, M. (Eds) Beyond the Rhetoric: Democracy and Governance in a Global North Oil Economy. AU Press: Athabasca, Canada.

Wilton, R. and Evans, J. (2014) ‘Being a Man’ in Treatment: Health, Masculinity and the Drama of Independence. In Gorman-Murray, A. and Hopkins, P. (Eds) Masculinities and Place. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K.

Evans, J. 2014. Landscapes of Despair. In Cockerham, W.C. Dingwall, R. Quah, S.R. (Eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. Wiley-Blackwell: New York

Evans, J. 2014. Painting therapeutic landscapes with sound: ‘On Land’ by Brian Eno. In Andrews, G., Kearns, R., and Kingsbury, P. (Eds) Medicinal Melodies: Places of Health and Wellness in Popular Music. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K

Crooks, V. and Evans, J. 2007. ‘The writings on the wall: decoding the interior space of the hospital waiting room.’ In Williams, A. (Ed) Therapeutic Landscapes. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K.

Davidson, D. J. and Evans, J. 2005. ‘The Air Up There.’ In Davidson, Debra & Hatt Kierstin, (eds.) Consuming Sustainability: A Critical Social Analysis of Ecological Change. Fernwood Publishing, Black Point, NS.

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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