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YES! Committee Chairs & Steering Group


Menusha De Silva

Department of Geography 

National University of Singapore

My research lies at the intersections of transnational migration and ageing and develops two themes: transnational eldercare and transnational retirement migration. Broadly, my work examines the intersections of gender, age, ethnicity and citizenship status, and the opportunities and risks they pose for individuals who negotiate the transnational migration of their family members or their own. I am a lecturer with the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS). I received my PhD and Masters in Geography from NUS and completed my Bachelors degree at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. During my years as a graduate, I greatly benefited from events organised by the IGU Gender Commission and I am delighted to be part of YES! As a scholar from Sri Lanka, I am particularly interested in building supportive networks among early-career feminist researchers from the Global South.


As a geographer, my work is informed by my roles as a researcher (popular music, creative labour, migration) and vocal performer (improvised music and meditation). Common to these interests is my commitment to understanding the embodied dimensions of identity, culture, and complex change across different scales and contexts. I am currently a researcher at Dark Matter Laboratories, where I facilitate strategic conversations around systems-based missions on education, food security, and well-being. Prior to this I held positions at Lingnan University in Hong Kong (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies), and the Asia Research Institute in Singapore (Postdoctoral Fellow, Migration Cluster). I finished my PhD in Geography at the National University of Singapore. I am inspired by the radically welcoming space offered by YES! and the IGU Gender Commission, and look forward to co-creating more inclusive, creative, and supportive geographies of scholarship.

Independent Researcher

Anjeline de Dios

Steering Group

Elisabeth Militz

I am a feminist geographer with a focus on global intimate relations and digital transformations. My research brings together geographic theories of the body, emotion and affect, digital and affectual research methodologies and empirical fieldwork in the Global East. From an intersectional research perspective, I want to understand how spaces of intimacy, everyday experiences of identity politics and digital technologies are interwoven. I have studied in Germany and in the US and received my PhD in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. I have worked with feminist scholars in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, and Canada from whom I have learned to incite change through collaborative and joyful research practices. Through the welcoming and inspiring spaces created by feminist geography collectives at the University of Bern, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Guelph, I have found my academic home in feminist geographies. I look forward to fostering the transnational feminist connections of YES! and contributing to a caring network of early career feminist scholars from the global East, South, and North.

Maria Anne Fitzgerald

Department of Geography

Delhi School of Economics 

University of Delhi

Department of Geography,

Environment and Geomatics

University of Guelph

Institute of Geography, Univeristy of Innsbruck

I am a feminist geographer with a keen interest in mapping the way identity and space co-constitute the social world of children/young people. The recurrent themes I draw on in my work are youth/young people, identities, gender, liminality, belongingness and the familial/social environment. As a feminist scholar, I focus on visibilising the experiences of children/young people across multiple spatial scales and uncovering power relations between children/young people and the adult world. I am happy to be connected to a transnational network of young and early feminist scholars through YES! As a Steering Committee Member, I look forward to reciprocating care in greater measure than I've received, to create inclusive, safe and supportive spaces for early-career scholars & feminist geographers, especially from the Global South.

Past Co-chairs

Caroline Faria

Department of Geography

and the Environment

University of Texas at Austin

I am a feminist geographer in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. I draw on feminist, critical race, and postcolonial perspectives to interrogate contemporary workings of nationalism and cosmopolitanism. My current research examines the political-economies of the beauty industry in the Gulf-East African region. I've benefited greatly from the friends and colleagues I've made through the IGU Gender Commission, the Africa Specialty Group and the Geographic Perspectives on Women Speciality group and share their committment to supporting a more diverse discipline of geography. 

Ann E. Bartos

School of Environment

University of Auckland

My research interests focus on questions of power and agency through the lens of feminist political geography and feminist care ethics. Empirically, this has inspired my research on youth, gender, food, the body, and violence. I received my MA and PhD in Geography from the University of Washington and am currently a Lecturer in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. As a North American living far from home, while simultaneously building a career and a family, I highly value support networks embodying a commitment to feminist praxis.  I hope that YES! can foster the support, care and collegial environment necessary to manage the challenges that are unique to early career researchers. 

I am a senior lecturer with the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS). I am interested in the spatialities and intersectionality of gender, sexuality and 'race'. Specific areas of interest for me include feminist care ethics, critical geographies of familyhood and community, and queer politics. As a feminist geographer I believe that the three pillars of research, teaching and activism are key to positive change-making. I have volunteered with non-governmental groups in Singapore such as the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and Action for AIDS (AFA). I am currently volunteering with Sayoni, a local LBTQ group on a project that documents gender and sexuality based violence and discrimination in Singapore. I am very excited to be a part of YES!. I hope that together we can collaborate and work together to serve the needs of early career feminist scholars and researchers based in the Global North and South.

Department of Geography 

National University of Singapore

Kamalini Ramdas

Past Steering Groups Members

Department of Gender Studies 

Queen’s University (Ontario)

Laura Pascoe

I am a feminist geographer with a Masters in Community Development and a PhD in Geography. My works covers issues relating to gender, masculinities, sexualities, reproductive justice, and community engagement and mobilization, with a particular focus on Eastern and Southern Africa where I have spent many years living and working. My current research examines the ways in which gender-power dynamics and shame operate in negotiations of prevention and pleasure in the intimate spaces of heterosex. I currently run my own consulting business, Bedroom Feminist, undertaking research, project management, curricula development, and policy advocacy for universities and nongovernmental organisations. I am also a labour and childbirth doula as well as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry based out of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where I am currently based. I am thrilled to be part of YES! as well as AAG's GPOW's Board, and to feed my feminist geographer soul in a group of such supportive colleagues. I am excited to  work together to support early career feminist geographers (such as myself!) excel in this exciting and ever-changing field.

Milena Janiec

School of Geosciences 

University of South Florida

My research includes topics in human and physical geography; 
specifically, globalization, risk perceptions of environmental and
technological hazards, as well as urban – rural development. My past
research focused on Japan and included the impacts of migration on the changing sociocultural fabric of cities and farms, and preparing for and coping with disasters among migrant communities. Overall, within human geography, my research contributed to theoretical and empirical debates on gendered and ethnic exclusion and inclusion of migrants in national and local spaces. I earned my doctoral degree in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy in the School of Geosciences at University of South Florida. Subsequently, I was hired by the United States Geological Survey. Currently, I am building on my experience of conducting research on urbanization and environmental issues, and working on a project related to land use planning, natural hazards, and community resilience. Partaking in the IGU Gender Commission’s activities gives me an opportunity to communicate with scholars located across international context. I enjoy the camaraderie and critical discussions among researchers who seek inclusivity within the discipline.


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