Marc Calabretta

Research Lab Manager

Biography: Marc Calabretta has been working with the HEC Lab since the autumn of 2015. Since then, Marc has been working with Heather, Vanessa, and Jon on the ‘Our Journey, Our Choice, Our Future’ research project. His work has focused on examining archival documents held by Huu-ay-aht First Nations to gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern treaty negotiation process. In doing so, the research not only looks to provide greater understanding into the process itself, but also to gain insights into how Huu-ay-aht First Nations negotiated a treaty successfully. Marc successfully defended his Master of Arts research on October 4, 2017.

Marc’s broader research interests stem from an interdisciplinary background in global development studies, and include, but are not limited to: political economy, settler colonialism, urban and historical geographies, performance studies, gender studies, and critical race theory.


May 2017: ‘Ancient Spirit, Modern Mind: Documenting Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Journey to the Maa-nulth Treaty’ – The Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. York University, Toronto


Sept 2015: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship

May 2014: Queen’s Undergraduate Summer Student Research Fellowship for ‘A literature review of slum redevelopment finance mechanisms across Mumbai, Manila, and Mexico City.’ Supervisor: Dr. Susanne Soederberg

May 2013: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Queen’s University work-study partnership. City of Cape Town Economic Development Unit. Cape Town, South Africa