I am a migration scholar and an urban geographer who uses primarily qualitative, interdisciplinary and community-based approaches to conduct my research.  My key interests lie in exploring the complex relationships between people and place and especially in the ways that flows of capital, labour, bodies, and ideas may transform various landscapes.  I am currently Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences and Director of the Global and Regional Studies Program at the University of Vermont.  Additionally, I serve as a Science Advisor for National Institute for Food and Agriculture of the USDA and as an elected National Councillor for the American Association of Geographers.

My current research projects currently focus on:

  • Community sponsorship of refugee resettlement in the US
  • The environment-conflict-health nexus dynamics of migration
  • Food security and transportation
  • Social media narratives and forced migration

For more on my research, teaching and community connections please see my blog at

For more on my specific project on refugee resettlement in new destinations, please go to

Spring 2020 Syllabi:

Research and/or Creative Works

I have also been fortunate to work with some exceptionally talented students at UVM. The following are just a few of the theses I have had the opportunity to supervise at the undergraduate level in recent years:

  • 2022, Anitra Conover, Global Studies, Rethinking Burlington area food programming for New Americans
  • 2021, Valentina Czochanski, Global Studies, Confinement during COVID-19: A case study of Vermont Prisons
  • 2021, Sophia Knappertz, Global Studies, Comparative case studies of European crises: an analysis of the European project
  • 2019, Gillian Tiley, Geography, Re-imagining Providence: The ‘Creative Capital’ Campaign and the Gentrification of Downcity
  • 2019, Emily Klofft, Political Science, Non-Profits as Creators of Public Policy in Public-Private Partnerships
  • 2019, Jen Mitchell, Geography, Defining rural education: exploring the relationship between place and public education outcomes in New Hampshire
  • 2018, Tilden Remerleitch, Geography, Finding Home – Personal Stories of Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. with a Case Study in Chittenden County, VT
  • 2015, Meraz Mostafa, Geography, Imaginative geographies of the Old North End


Selected publications

Bose, Pablo S. 2023. “Canadian and US approaches to Syrian Refugees” in Kara Dempsey and Orhon Myadar (eds.) Making and unmaking refugees: geopolitics of social ordering and struggle within the global refugee regime. London: Routledge.

Bose, Pablo S. 2022. “Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship” in Alison Bain and Linda Peake (eds). Urbanization in a Global Context. 2nd Edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 219-236.

Lunstrum, Elizabeth, and Bose, Pablo S. 2022. “Environmental displacement in the anthropocene” Annals of the American Association of Geographers

Bose, Pablo S. 2021. “The specter of the refugee,” in Sarah Nilsen and Sarah Turner (eds.) White supremacy and the American media, New York and London: Routledge, 169-185.

Bose, Pablo S. 2020. Refugees in new destinations and small cities: Resettlement in Vermont. Singapore: Palgrave MacMillan.

Bose, Pablo S. 2020. “Refugee research in the shadow of fear” GeoJournal

Bose, Pablo S. 2020. “Refugees and the transforming landscapes of small cities in the US” Urban Geography

Bose, Pablo S. 2020. “The shifting landscape of international resettlement: Canada, the US and Syrian refugees” Geopolitics

Bose, Pablo S. 2018. “Welcome and hope, fear and loathing: the politics of refugee resettlement in Vermont” Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 24(3): 320-329.

Lunstrum, Elisabeth, Bose, Pablo S. and Zalik, Anna. 2016. “Environmental displacement: the common ground of climate change, extraction and conservation.” Area, 48(2): 130-133.

Bose, Pablo S. 2016. “Vulnerabilities and displacements: adaptation and mitigation to climate change as a new development mantra” Area, 48(2): 168-175.

Bose, Pablo S. 2015. Urban development in India: Global Indians in the remaking of Kolkata.  London and New York: Routledge.

Awards and Recognition


Teaching is an essential part of my work. In 2021 I was honored to receive both the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award and the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award at UVM. The following are some of my regularly taught courses.

  • Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the US
  • Lives of the Global City
  • Geography of India
  • Geography of Sports
  • Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism
Pablo smiling with open mouth in a sunny, outdoor setting

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Refugee resettlement in non-traditional destinations, food and migration, environmental displacement, kolkata and Globalization, technology, education and representation. 


  • Ph.D., 2006, Environmental Studies, York University
  • M.A., 2000, Communications, Simon Fraser University
  • P.B.D., 1997, Communications, Simon Fraser University
  • B.A., 1995, English (Honors), University of British Columbia


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Office Location:

Old Mill 209

Courses Taught

GEOG 060 – D1:Geography/Race&Ethnic in US

Understanding the geography of race and ethnicity in the US is more than simply knowing why we can visit a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, a Polish deli in Chicago, or an Italian café in New York City. While it is important to understand the locations of different social groups, it is about more than simply making a list of people and places. The geography of race and ethnicity in the US means engaging with important questions about the links between space, place and power. Examining such questions helps us to understand the shape of the world we live in today, both by looking at the past and at the present. How do we conceive of Los Angeles, San Antonio, or San Francisco as American cities without first understanding the historical conflicts between the US and Mexico? Can we understand why most Italian-Americans left Mulberry Street, NYC for the majority-white suburbs without understanding the development of highways and postwar housing? How have the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and segregation left their imprints on the urban and rural landscapes that surround us today?

GEOG 151 – D2: Geography of India

The Indian subcontinent is a diverse, fascinating and culturally complex region, home to well over a billion people, multiple countries, and several major religions. This course will introduce you to the lay of the land, its people, and its politics. Using the frame of geopolitics, we will examine the relationship between space, place and power during several distinct periods in India’s history – including the classical, medieval, colonial, and modern era. Our focus will be on several important themes including colonialism and its legacies, the politics of religion, formation of the postcolonial nation-state and importance of development, and the significance of globalization and regional relationships for 21st century India.

GEOG 272 – Adv Top: Space, Power, Identity

The focus in this class is on various forms of mobility – as embodied experience, as geopolitical and historical phenomenon, as constitutive of identity within and across borders, and as a central facet of a globalized world. Using the key geographical concepts of “mobility”, “migration”, and “transnationalism” we will explore the various ways in which people, capital, labour, ideas, and culture are in movement across the globe. Our examination will range from transport to tourism, from theories of stillness to ideas of nomadism, from understandings of nationalism to contestations over identity and much more besides. Using examples from different regions and disciplines we the course will look at how landscapes of memory, tradition, belonging, home and unfamiliarity construct and challenge the cultural politics of place.