Committee Chairs & Steering Group


Department of Geography 

National University of Singapore

Kamalini Ramdas

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.

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.

Steering Group

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.


Anjeline de Dios

Department of Cultural Studies

Lingnan University, Hong Kong

As a geographer, my work is informed by my dual status as a researcher (popular music, creative labour, migration) and vocal performer (improvised music and meditation). Common to these interests is a commitment to understanding the embodied dimensions of culture across lived and ever-shifting scales of work, time, and identity. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, where I teach courses on ethnography and performance. Prior to this I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, where I also obtained my PhD in Geography. I am inspired by the radically welcoming space offered by YES! and the IGU Gender Commission, and look forward to being part of the effort to create more inclusive, creative, and supportive geographies of scholarship.

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. 

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.