Glancy, Alia

  • Honours, B.A, Mount Allison University
  • M.ES, Dalhousie University


Ph.D Environmental Studies

Year Entered: 2015

Comprehensive Areas

  • Labour movements, class and alliances with Indigenous peoples
  • Nature, labour and capitalism: theoretical perspectives on economic and ecological change

Advisory Comittee

  • Stefan Kipfer, Patricia Perkins, Anna Zalik

Research Assistantship

Economics for the Anthropocene

Paper Presentations

Karim A. (2017). Introduction to Ecological Economics: Heterodox economics. Canadian Society for Ecological Economics-Economics for the Anthropocene Conference – Economies in the age of limits: A time for (r)evolution. Concordia University, Montréal, QC. October 19-21, 2017.

Karim, A., and Brice, K. (2017). Solidarity is sweet: Building labour internationalism between Guyana’s sugar workers and the Canadian labour movement. Confronting Global Capital, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. October 12-14, 2017.

Karim A. (2017). Solidarity revisited: Canadian labour's complicity in settler colonialism and the potential for decolonization. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, USA. April 5-9, 2017.

Karim, A. (2016). Unions & organizing: Indigenous-settler relations and labour’s complicity in ongoing colonization. Global Labour Research Centre Student Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON. October 27-28, 2016.

Karim, A. (2016). Occupy gardens? A case study of the People’s Peas Garden in Toronto, Canada. Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC). Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. May 28-June 3, 2016.

Karim, A. (2015). Occupy gardens? A case study of the People’s Peas Garden in Toronto, Canada. Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) Conference: “Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession”, York University, Toronto, ON. April 30-May 3, 2015. 

University Service

VP Campaigns, York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA)
Ontario Executive, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O)
Member, York University Student Centre Board
Co-chair, Accessibility, Community, Equity at York (ACE)
Council Member, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC)
Coordinator, Fight for $15 and Fairness - York U 
Member, Real Food, Real Jobs


Adrienne and Donna Pocock Memorial Award 
Unilever Canada Graduate Award in Environmental Studies

Other Activities

Karim, A. (2017). Victories in Racialised and Indigenous Organizing. Canadian Federation of Students. Racialised and Indigenous Student Experience (RISE) Summit. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. September 30-October 1, 2017.

Karim, A. (2017). Fighting for Decent Work: from Bill 148 to the next election! $15 and Fairness Campus Assembly. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. September 15-16, 2017.

Karim, A. (2017). Fighting racism and Islamophobia through the struggle for $15 and Fairness. Retrieved:

Karim, A. (2017). Fossil capital and the roots of the climate crisis. Retrieved:

Karim, A., and Bush, D. (2017). Striking York food service workers win $15 and Fairness.

Karim, A., Bush, D., Abdelbaki, R., Di Trolio, G., Johnston, E., Martins, D., & Nesbitt, D. (2016). $15 and Fairness now!: An organizer’s handbook to building the movement.

Karim, A. (2016). Everything goes up but pay. Briarpatch Magazine. Retrieved:

Karim, A. (2016). Taking it to the streets: Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, and Fight for $15. Canadian Labour Congress: Rise Up! Human Rights Conference, Ottawa, ON. October 20-23, 2016.

Karim, A. (2016). Young voices speaking up for food justice challenge old ideas. Food Secure Canada Assembly. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. October 13-15, 2016.

Karim, A. (2016). The Fight for $15 and Fairness in Ontario. CUPE-Ontario Young Workers’ Conference, Toronto, ON. October 14-15, 2016.

Karim, A. (2016). The Fight for $15 and Fairness in Ontario. Fight for $15 Saskatchewan Launch, University of Regina, Regina, SK. September 28, 2016.

Karim, A. (2016). The Fight for $15 and Fairness in Ontario. Unifor Canada Young Workers’ Conference, Port Elgin, ON. July 8-10, 2016.

Karim, A. (2016). $15 and Fairness on a finite planet. Retrieved:

Karim, A. (2013). Lessons from Cuban urban agriculture. Youth Ag Summit: Feeding a Hungry Planet. Calgary, AB. August 19-25, 2013.