Sarah E. Turner

Associate Professor,
Concordia University

Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
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Post-doctorate, Behavioural ecology, McGill University (2012-2016)
Doctorate, Anthropology, The University of Calgary (2003-2010)
Master's, Interdisciplinary (Primatology), University of Victoria (2000-2003)
Bachelor's, Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University (1994-1999)


Sarah Turner is interested in how the behavioural ecology of nonhuman primates is influenced by human-induced environmental change. She studies the behaviour of free-ranging Japanese macaques with physical disabilities to explore hypotheses related to behavioural flexibility, mother-infant interactions and social behaviour.

QCBS students

Stephanie Eccles

(Start: 2019)
A Multispecies Ethnography of Farmed Animals: Sanctuaries as Sites of Constructing Transformational Knowledge
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Megan Joyce

(Start: 2022)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Pierre-Olivier Montiglio
Optimal spatial movement strategies in foraging among free-ranging Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
Link to thesis (pdf)
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Mikaela Gerwing

(Start: 2022)
Correlations between rehabilitant captive capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus) personality and reintroduction success.

Ariana Moin Kenary

(Start: 2021)
Spatial Movement Decisions Among Foraging Urban Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis)

Ariane Peroni

Other (co-)supervisor: Renata G. Ferreira, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
(Start: 2023)
Fallbacks foraging skills among blond capuchins (Sapajus flavius) in an Atlantic Forest fragment

Previous students (since 2009)

Brogan Stewart

(Start: 2019, End: 2023)
Using fractal analysis to determine if physical impairment in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) alters behavioural movement complexity
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Caroline Lesage

(Start: 2021, End: 2023)
Habitat suitability, space use and human-wildlife coexistence in river otters (Londra canadensis) on Protection Island, British Columbia

Examples of species studied



37- Illustrating Farmer–Animal Entanglements and Emotions: Drawing Elicitation in Upland Vietnam
Journal Article
Garber P , Turner S ,
2024 Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Date Added: 2024-07-08)

36- Contesting mobility injustices and infrastructural violence: The frictions arising from a modern transportation project in Hanoi, Vietnam
Book Book Chapter
2024 Handbook of Infrastructures and Cities (Date Added: 2024-06-21)

35- From strict socialism to social evils: Changing childhoods over three generations in urban Vietnam
Journal Article
Turner S , Ngo H T , Nguyen T D , Buttery Y ,
2024 Population, Space and Place (Date Added: 2024-04-12)

34- Disposable People as Infrastructure? The Livelihood Trials and Tactics of Three-Wheeler Delivery Drivers on Hanoi’s Streets, Vietnam
Journal Article
Turner S ,
2024 Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (Date Added: 2024-03-16)

33- Forest Tales? Unravelling Divergent Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULCC) Maps and State Narratives in Vietnam’s Northern Uplands
Journal Article
Nguyen T A , Le H , Slack P , Kalacska M , Turner S ,
2024 Land (Date Added: 2024-01-31)

32- Rooftop gardening complexities in the Global South: Motivations, practices, and politics
Journal Article
Turner S , Pham T , Ngô H T , Zuberec C ,
2023 Geographical Research (Date Added: 2023-12-17)

31- Entangled, unraveled, and reconfigured: Human–animal relations among ethnic minority farmers and water buffalo in the northern uplands of Vietnam
Journal Article
Garber P , Turner S ,
2023 Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space (Date Added: 2023-02-15)

30- Creative counter-discourses to the “green city” narrative: practices of small-scale urban agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam
Journal Article
Pham T , Lynch M , Turner S ,
2023 Local Environment (Date Added: 2023-01-17)

29- The diversity of organic farmer motivations and livelihoods in the Global South – A case study in Kerala, India
Journal Article
Seufert V , Austin S E , Badami M G , Turner S , Ramankutty N ,
2023 Geoforum (Date Added: 2023-01-05)

28- Hanoi’s street vendors on the move: Itinerant vending tactics and mobile methods in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Book Book Chapter
Zuberec C , Turner S ,
2022 Marketplaces: Movements, Representations and Practices (Date Added: 2023-07-08)

27- Subaltern struggles to access public spaces: Young rural migrants in Hanoi, Vietnam
Journal Article
Labbé D , Turner S , Pham T ,
2022 Population, Space and Place (Date Added: 2022-10-15)

26- Creative hubs in Hanoi, Vietnam: Transgressive spaces in a socialist state?
Journal Article
Labbe D , Zuberec C , Turner S ,
2022 Urban Studies (Date Added: 2022-07-10)

25- Looking beyond the digital veil: an investigation of the (de)commodification of three “Vietnamese spices”
Journal Article
Turner S , Zuberec C , Kee M ,
2021 Food, Culture and Society (Date Added: 2022-01-08)

24- “People want good graffiti”: Tensions, contradictions, and everyday politics surrounding graffiti in Hanoi, Vietnam
Journal Article
Kee M , Turner S , Labbé D ,
2021 Area (Date Added: 2021-11-28)

23- Rocking the boat: intersectional resistance to marine conservation policies in Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia
Journal Article
Lynch M , Turner S ,
2021 Gender, Place and Culture (Date Added: 2021-09-14)

22- The utterly unforeseen livelihood shock: COVID-19 and street vendor coping mechanisms in Hanoi, Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang
Journal Article
Turner S , Langill J C , Nguyen B N ,
2021 Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography (Date Added: 2021-09-14)

21- Challenging slopes: ethnic minority livelihoods, state visions, and land-use land cover change in Vietnam’s northern mountainous borderlands
Journal Article
Nguyen A T , Turner S , Kalacska M ,
2021 Environment, Development and Sustainability (Date Added: 2021-06-21)

20- Visualizing frictional encounters: Analyzing and representing street vendor strategies in Vietnam through narrative mapping
Journal Article
Turner S , Zuberec C , Pham T ,
2021 Applied Geography (Date Added: 2021-05-28)

19- Distilling Culture into Commodity? The Emergent Homemade Alcohol Trade and Gendered Livelihoods in Upland Northern Vietnam
Journal Article
Po J Y , Langill J C , Turner S , Michaud J ,
2020 Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (Date Added: 2020-12-25)

18- Small city politics in the Global South: state imaginaries and everyday realities of a frontier city in northern Vietnam
Journal Article
Adenwala A , Turner S ,
2020 Urban Geography (Date Added: 2020-12-08)

17- Growing pains: Small-scale farmer responses to an urban rooftop farming and online marketplace enterprise in Montréal, Canada
Journal Article
Allaby M , MacDonald G K , Turner S ,
2020 Agriculture and Human Values (Date Added: 2020-11-04)

16- Climate change impacts on potential future ranges of non-human primate species
Journal Article
Stewart B M , Turner S E , Matthews H D ,
2020 Climatic Change (Date Added: 2020-07-20)

15- Bastard Spice or Champagne of Cinnamon? Conflicting Value Creations along Cinnamon Commodity Chains in Northern Vietnam
Journal Article
Derks A , Turner S , Thúy Hạnh N ,
2020 Development and Change (Date Added: 2020-03-30)

14- Social grooming efficiency and techniques are influenced by manual impairment in free-ranging Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
Journal Article
Espitia-Contreras J P , Fedigan L M , Turner S E ,
2020 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2020-03-07)

13- A small upland city gets a big make-over: Local responses to state ‘modernity’ plans for Lào Cai, Vietnam
Journal Article
Henein Y , Pham T , Turner S ,
2019 Urban Studies (Date Added: 2020-01-22)

12- Cardamom casualties: Extreme weather events and ethnic minority livelihood vulnerability in the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands
Journal Article
Rousseau J , Turner S , Xu Y ,
2019 Climate (Date Added: 2020-01-22)

11- Flex crops or flex livelihoods? The story of a volatile commodity chain in upland northern Vietnam
Journal Article
Turner S , Derks A , Thúy Hạnh N ,
2019 Journal of Peasant Studies (Date Added: 2020-01-22)

10- A Global-Scale Evaluation of Primate Exposure and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Journal Article
Graham, TL, Matthews, HD, Turner, SE
2016 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

9-Birth (Primates)
Book Chapter
Turner, SEaF
2015 Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality ( Date Added: 2018-02-22)

8- Social consequences of disability in a nonhuman primate
Journal Article
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Matthews, HD, Nakamichi, M
2014 Journal of Human Evolution (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

7- Disability, Compensatory Behavior, and Innovation in Free-Ranging Adult Female Japanese Macaques (Macaca Fuscata)
Journal Article
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Matthews, HD, Nakamichi, M
2012 American Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

6- Ribbon’s Way
Book Whole
Turner, SE
2012 (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

5- Birth in free-ranging Macaca fuscata
Journal Article
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Nakamichi, M, Matthews, HD, McKenna, K, Nobuhara, H, Nobuhara, T, Shimizu, K
2010 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

4- The Littlest Monkey
Book Whole
Turner, SE
2010 (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

3- Of mongooses and mitigation: Ecological analogues to geoengineering
Journal Article
Matthews, HD, Turner, SE
2009 Environmental Research Letters (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

2- Monkeys with disabilities: Prevalence and severity of congenital limb malformations in Macaca fuscata on Awaji Island
Journal Article
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Nobuhara, H, Nobuhara, T, Matthews, HD, Nakamichi, M
2008 Primates (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

1- Maternal behavior and infant congenital limb malformation in a free-ranging group of Macaca fuscata on Awaji Island, Japan
Journal Article
Turner, SE, Gould, L, Duffus, DA
2005 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)