Julie Young

Dr. Julie E.E. Young is an Assistant Professor of Geography, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Dr. Young holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies. She has a doctorate in Geography and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from York University. Her research program aims to better understand North America’s borders in the context of broader global processes as well as what local practices tell us about where, how, and for whom borders work.

Dr. Young’s research examines local and regional impacts of Canadian border control policies with a view to further exploring how migrants and Indigenous communities interact with, or challenge borders between countries such as Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The research aims to provide evidence of the impacts and consequences of Canadian border polices, and open spaces for discussing the effects of settler colonial borders. Her current projects focus on the local and regional impacts of Canadian refugee deterrence policies and practices and draw connections between contemporary displacements of Mexican, Central American, and Haitian citizens and the historical and ongoing displacement of Indigenous communities across North America. Examining the spaces where borders are challenged by migrant justice and Indigenous sovereignty movements provides alternative ways to understand the social justice and security implications of borders. These struggles challenge us to re-think borders as social, political, and ethical processes.

Dr. Young’s research promises to shed light on the uneven geographic and socio-economic impacts of Canada’s policies, and to reframe the terms of public discussion on the role of borders. The integration of her research in the classroom allows Dr. Young to reflect on and examine the impacts of borders with a classroom of people from diverse lived experiences, and possibly discover new avenues for further investigation. Her research reaches beyond academia, and impacts communities and migrants who are directly displaced by Canadian border policies.


Research Interests: Political Geography; Critical Border Studies; Refugee and Migration Policy, Practice, and Advocacy; North and Central America.

University Website

University Member

Google Scholar

Events Calendar

There are currently no events. Please check back later.