Celebrating the life of Lisa Drummond

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Lisa Drummond’s passing.

Lisa Drummond. Photo by Doug Young.

Lisa Drummond, Hanoi 2013. Photo by Doug Young.

Lisa Drummond (Welch), an Associate Professor in the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Social Science and a member of the Graduate Program in Geography at York University in Toronto, passed away on January 19th, 2021 after a long illness.

Lisa was an expert in modern and postcolonial cities and suburbs, with particular interests in southeast-Asian cities (especially Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), public/private space, gender, and sexuality. She published in both English and Vietnamese. Lisa played a key role in the UCRSEA project, particularly in the earlier years, and was an active and engaged scholar and teacher to many of the students, postdoctoral fellows and partners involved in the project.  She collaborated with many scholars including Amrita Daniere on water and environmental concerns in Southeast Asian cities, and Doug Young on global comparative research on socialist and post-socialist cities. With these colleagues and others, Lisa co-edited five collections of writings on cities. She had a strong interest in art, and used it in her research as a means of insight into how people envisioned the future of cities. She also helped arrange for Vietnamese artists to find opportunities to exhibit their work in Canada. She was recognized by the Union of Scientific and Technological Associations of Vietnam in 2006 for her work on the geography of Vietnam.

Lisa will be remembered for her originality and generosity as a scholar and friend and these fond memories will be shared with her son Chester, the light of her life, who will live with his loving guardians, close friends of his mother’s.

The York University Centre for Asian Research  will be creating a space to remember Lisa on their website and they would welcome your memories of her to include in this space. They can be sent to Alicia at ycar@yorku.ca.