Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and my BA in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 1995.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University (2005-2006) and at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany (2005).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
The main focus of my research is the politics and history of nature conservation and restoration around Ukraine’s Danube Delta. One part of this research has involved conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Danube Delta town of Vilkovo on residents’ changing relationships with silt, water, fish, reeds and birds in the context of the creation of a transboundary biosphere reserve and a rapidly transforming political economy. A second part examines the changing strategies of environmental activists in the neighbouring Tatarbunary District in their struggles to restore Lake Sasyk – a toxic irrigation reservoir filled with Danube water – as a marine estuary. Previously, I conducted research on urban place-making practices, memory and cosmopolitanism in the Black Sea port of Odessa.
Awards and Achievements
Anthropology and Archaeology Committee nominee for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Aurora Prize (2009).
Richardson, Tanya. “Where the Water Sheds: Disputed Deposits at the Ends of the Danube.” In Watersheds: The Poetics and Politics of the Danube River. (forthcoming).
Richardson, Tanya. “Objecting (to) Infrastructure: Ecopolitics at the Ukrainian Ends of the Danube.” Science as Culture. (2016).
Richardson, Tanya. “The Politics of Multiplication in a Failed Soviet Irrigation Project, Or, How Sasyk Has Been Kept from the Sea.” Ethnos. (2016).
Richardson, Tanya. “On the Limits of Liberalism in Participatory Environmental Governance: Conflict and Conservation in Ukraine’s Danube Delta.” Development and Change. (2015).
Richardson, Tanya. “(In)accessible Land: The Changing Practices and Regulation of Gardening in the Reedbeds of Ukraine’s Danube Delta.” In The Biopolitics of the Danube Delta: Nature, History, Policies. (2015).
Richardson, Tanya. “Odessa’s Two Big Differences (and a few small ones). Life after the Maidan and May 2.” Eurozine. (2014).
Richardson, Tanya and Gisa Weszkalnys. “Resource Materialities: New Anthropological Approaches to Natural Resource Environments.” Introduction to a special issue of Anthropological Quarterly. (2014).
Richardson, Tanya. Kaleidoscopic Odessa: History and Place in Contemporary Ukraine. (2008).