Dr. Jill Didur’s current research and research creation in the area of urban environmental humanities is linked to her SSHRC Insight Grant, Greening Narrative: Locative Media in Globalized Environments (2014-2021). This project investigates the affordances of locative media for environmental storytelling in urban greenspaces, and includes the creation of site-specific locative media projects exploring the history of imperialism and botanical exploration, settler conservationism, and the challenge of representing climate change in site-specific installations. Her locative media research creation projects include the Alpine Garden MisGuide/ le Jardin alpin autrement installed at the Jardin botanique de Montréal (Apple iTunes 2015) and the Global Urban Wilds locative app at Montreal’s Champ des Possibles (in progress).
Didur is the PI of the inter-university research team, After the Anthropocene: Environmental Humanities in a Global Context (Concordia, McGill, UdeM, ULaval). This team of nine interdisciplinary researchers pursues humanities based approaches to the problem of environmental justice and the political, social, and economic inequalities that underpin the effects of anthropogenic climate change related to the history of globalization, colonialism, capitalism and militarism. Activities of the team in 2019 include a reading group, Thinking the Anthropocene.