Jon is a Professor of Geography at McGill University. His research, applied and policy work over the past 25 years has focused on war-affected human geographies, with a focus on the re-establishment of land and property rights after armed conflict. His past work has dealt with Islamic, customary, statutory and war-related approaches to land rights and how these interact with displaced populations, ethnic cleansing, restitution, legal pluralism and agriculture in postwar and peace-building scenarios.
His experience includes fieldwork and policy analyses in Iraq, Darfur, Yemen, Liberia, Somalia, Kenya, Angola, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Mozambique, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon, Cambodia, Uganda, Colombia and Central America. Jon has advised a variety of governments as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations including the United Nations, World Bank, USAID, UK-DFID, US State Department, US Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Japanese Global Infrastructure Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, UK Overseas Development Institute, US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, US Office of the Coordinator of Reconstruction and Stabilization, International Development Research Centre Canada and the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee.
Jon received his Doctorate from the University of Arizona in Geography and Regional Development and a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely on the war related geographies of land rights, reconstruction and restitution, agriculture and nomadic pastoralism, land mines, the peace process, natural resources, development and livelihoods, urbanization, mass evictions, legal reform and rule of law, conflict resolution, remote sensing, refugees and internally displaced persons, and famine and food security in a variety of academic journals, books, and reports.