John Michael Davis

John-Michael Davis
School School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours)
Academic and Professional Designations
  • ​Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and GIS Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D., Geography. Memorial University of Newfoundland
Title ​Professor
Courses Taught
  • PSYC73010 - CyberPsychology: The Self and Others in a Wired World
  • SOC71500 - Group Dynamics
Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • ​Political ecology
  • International development studies
  • Community-engaged research methods
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (two years)
  • Environment and Development Consultant (5 years)
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications
  • Published 18 peer-reviewed academic journals in environmental studies and international development journals
  • Won 14 research grants totaling over $2 million CAD
  • Peer reviewer for ten academic journals
Additional InformationJohn-Michael’s research follows a common theme that values community-driven and action-oriented research to address complex development challenges related to sustainable livelihoods, informal economies, waste management, environmental contamination, community representation, and INGO legitimacy. Over the past eight years, John-Michael has investigated and improved the economic and environmental conditions of North-to-South e-waste trade and informal e-waste economies across the global South – with extensive fieldwork in the Israeli-Palestinian e-waste system. His award-winning research has been widely published in academic journals, featured in national and international media outlets, and directly influenced policy decisions.