About the Series:
Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, crucially, suburbanization …
About the Series:
Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, crucially, suburbanization now dominates 21st century urban development. Suburbanization is defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes all manner of peripheral growth: from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America. In the current period, environmental issues are occurring more and more in cities where economic and urban development is taking place in connection with suburbanization processes. The related term Suburbanisms refers to the growing prevalence of qualitatively distinct ‘suburban ways of life’.
Global Suburbanisms is the first major scholarly series to systematically take stock of worldwide developments in suburbanization and suburbanisms today.
The series’ objectives are threefold:
(1) To document and evaluate the diversity of global suburbanisms in their various contexts;
(2) To participate in an ongoing effort by researchers around the world to encourage a truly global sub/urban studies devoid of traditional dichotomies such as world city/ordinary city, North/South or developed/developing;
(3) To use our wide-ranging empirical data and analysis on suburbanization and suburbanisms to intervene in urban theory.
Drawing on methodological and analytical approaches from political economy, urban political ecology, and social and cultural geography, the series seeks to contribute to better grasping the complex processes of suburbanization as they pose challenges to policymakers, planners, and academics alike. The series will be an outlet for research in foundational, thematic and geographical projects and case studies.
The series is linked to a Major Collaborative Research Initiative by the same name (www.yorku.ca/suburbs). The MCRI is centred at the City Institute at York University but has 50 co-investigators around the globe. Researchers in the MCRI analyze recent forms of urbanization and emerging forms of (sub)urbanism as well as the dilemmas of aging suburbanity. The initiative broadly focuses on the governance of suburbanization, that is, efforts to guide and regulate its development. It involves state, market and civil society actors and implies democratic deliberation and social conflict. In addition, the categories land, which includes housing, shelter systems, real estate, greenbelts, megaprojects, and infrastructure, including transportation, water and social services, function as the two prime anchors upon which specific empirical research projects are hinged. Examination of Canadian suburbanization and suburbanism serves as the starting point of wide ranging comparative studies of suburbanization in the Americas, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This will be the first series of its kind. While there are many series in critical urban studies, none are specifically designed to be a home for suburban research. This series will be of great interest to suburban researchers around the world, an explosively growing field of research.
(1) The series seeks manuscripts and proposals from all manner of scholarship on suburbanization. These could be innovative critical PhD theses but also independent work by more senior scholars.
(2) The series seeks monographs on particular case studies as long as they have a comparative aspect to them.
(3) While this is an English language series, the editors are keenly interested in work from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds in order to broaden the intellectual and empirical base of global suburban research.
The series will be interested to attracting monographs as well as edited collections. While we are seeking a common and branded format for the series, we will allow for special format requirements if there is a good reason for it. General format requirements for manuscripts can be viewed here: http://www.utppublishing.com/publishSP_MG.php?sectionID=6&subsectionID=3&pageID=2
We are looking for manuscripts in the 60,000-80,000 word range, resulting in a published book of 150 -250 pages. Proposals should include the following elements: Working title, project description, research context and origin of work, table of contents (annotated), relation to existing literature, audience, length, illustrations, audience, competition, schedule.
Review Process and Editorial Board
Each proposal and manuscript will be subject to a rigorous review facilitated by the editorial board of the series. The editorial board is made up of a representative group of senior scholars of suburban studies from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and geographic provenance. The board will seek outside referees for each review. The final decision on publication lies with UTP.
Roger Keil, York University (Political Science/Environmental Studies)
Editorial Board Members:
Eric Charmes, Lyon University, France (Planning)
Shubhra Gururani, York University (Anthropology)
Pierre Hamel, Université de Montreal (Sociology)
Richard Harris, McMaster University (Geography)
Louise Johnson, Deakin University, Australia (Social Sciences)
Alan Mabin, University of Pretoria, South Africa (Urbanism)
Nicholas A. Phelps, University College London, UK (Geography and Planning)
Fulong Wu, University College London, UK (Geography & Planning)
“Rethinking Suburban Sprawl: Is planning…]]>
“Rethinking Suburban Sprawl: Is planning policy leading or following the market? Lessons from a 20 year-analysis of urban growth patterns in four Canadian cities.”
Marcy Burchfield (MSc) is the Executive Director of the Neptis Foundation, a Canadian independent and charitable foundation that funds and conducts nonpartisan research on Canadian urban regions. For the last 15 years, she has applied her graduate studies in spatial analysis and remote sensing to developing innovative techniques for studying growth and change in Canadian cities
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Room 305, York Lanes
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How has the 2014 Toronto municipal election affected residents of the inner suburbs, such as Etobicoke North, Scarborough…]]>
How has the 2014 Toronto municipal election affected residents of the inner suburbs, such as Etobicoke North, Scarborough and North York, who face growing socio-economic inequalities and a lack of public transit? A panel of academics, community activists and emerging politicians will discuss the dynamics, as well as the steps, that could lead to a more socially just city.
Despite the inequalities of the inner suburbs, conservative politicians and their politics remain ascendant in these communities and in most of the city. Former candidates will share their recent experiences running for office, including the interesting challenges of building local coalitions and of articulating credible progressive and left alternatives, while confronting mainstream policies and discourses that emphasize austerity.
“2014 Toronto Election: Implications for Politics & Social Justice in the Inner Suburbs” will take place Monday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, at 280N York Lanes, Keele campus. The panel discussion is presented by The City Institute at York University (CITY). Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will be chaired by Jane Farrow.
Room 280N, York Lanes
Welcome to all!
Jane ran for the Toronto City Council in Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth in the 2014 municipal election. Jane Farrow’s career highlights include stints as CBC Radio One host and producer, best-selling author, executive assistant at City Hall and dynamic emcee and moderator. She was the first executive director of Jane’s Walk, a dynamic non-profit organization based in Toronto engaged in walkability initiatives that celebrate the ideas of urbanist Jane Jacobs. The Toronto Community Foundation recognized Jane’s contribution to urban resiliency with a Vital People Award in 2010 and in 2014 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement LGBTQ Inspire Award. She was an advisor to World Pride Human Rights Conference and sits on the External Advisory Board at York University’s City Institute (photo credit: janefarrow.ca).
The following is a list of the speakers:
Munira ran for Toronto City Councillor in Ward 2 (Etobicoke North). Her aim is to restore integrity and accountability back into municipal affairs. Munira is also a student at Ryerson University (photo credit: muniraabukar.ca)
In the 2014 provincial election, Nigel Bariffe finished second for the NDP in Etobicoke North, beating the conservatives in that riding for the first time in nearly 20 years. A community organizer and an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board in Rexdale, Barriffe is co-chair of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto Political Action Committee, Board Chair for Educational Attainment West, and a board member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic. He is also treasurer for the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators and is a former co-chair of the African Heritage Educator’s Network. His work has won him the 2011 Urban Heroes Award and the 2012 JS Woordsworth Award.
Paul Bocking was a first time candidate in the 2014 Toronto election for city councillor in Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest. His platform included increased TTC funding to freeze fares and improve service, opposing contracting out and offering more employment training, after school children’s programs, better rental housing conditions and local participatory democracy. He will be sharing some of his experiences from the campaign and observations on local politics. Bocking is also in the third year of his PhD in Geography at York. His research interests focus on labour movements, education policy and political economy in Canada, Mexico and the United States. He has worked for several years as an adult educator and as a high school teacher of English, Geography and History with the Toronto District School Board.
Amarjeet Chhabra was a city council candidate for Ward 44, Scarborough East. She has contributed her considerable organizational talents to The Canadian Cancer Society, Council of Agencies serving South Asians, Equal Voice, The Canadian National Exhibition Association, a housing co-op Board, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for young people sponsored by The Canada Revenue Agency and a Community Voter Project in New Haven, Connecticut. She has also worked on campaigns in Vancouver, British Columbia, Boston, Massachusetts and Anchorage, Alaska. She has worked with decision makers at City Hall on development projects and with a Scarborough East School Trustee on a civic engagement program for students. She also spent six years representing workers in the hotel and hospitality industry. Amarjeet was recognized by City Idol, a grassroots program that promoted new potential candidates with fresh ideas and a passion for community building (photo credit: electchhabra.ca).
27 year old Keegan Henry-Mathieu began his involvement in civic affairs at the age of 16 when he joined the Toronto Youth Cabinet where he served for almost 10 years in numerous executive positions and eventually was elected as co-chair. Keegan travelled the city helping to connect communities to the decisions being made at city hall while challenging City Hall to do more to engage communities on policies that affect their neighborhoods and individual lives. During that time he also helped build the foundations of the Black Youth Coalition against Violence through his position as treasurer; served on the Toronto Police Services Board Advisory Panel on Community Safety; Served on the CNEA board; and played a role in organizing the first election of Youth Tenant Reps at the TCHC. At the age of 26, Keegan ran unsuccessfully for Toronto City Council. Today he works in the private sector in Communications for the Royal Bank of Canada (photo credit: keeganhm.com).
Roger Keil researches global suburbanisms, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance. Among his recent publications are the forthcoming Suburban Governance: A Global View (ed. with Pierre Hamel; University of Toronto Press, 2015), Suburban Constellations (Jovis, 2013) The Global Cities Reader (ed. with Neil Brenner; Routledge, 2006); Networked Disease: Emerging Infections and the Global City (ed. with S.Harris Ali; Wiley-Blackwell, 2008); and Changing Toronto: Governing the Neoliberal City (with Julie-Anne Boudreau and Douglas Young; UTP 2009). Keil is a co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action and previous director of the City Institute. He is also the principal investigator of the MCRI project on Global Suburbanisms at CITY (2010-17).
Stefan Kipfer teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. His research interests range from social theory to comparative urban politics. He has been analyzing the role of new right populism in the production of space in Toronto since the mid-1990s.
Parastou Saberi holds a B.Arch and M.Arch, as well as an M.A. in Sociology. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and a contract faculty in the Department of Geography at Trent University. Her doctoral dissertation examines the politics of place-based policies of urban development and policing in Toronto’s postwar suburbs. Alongside her doctoral research, she is also immersed in excavating the interconnection between pacification and (colonial) urbanism, as well as the relations between urban politics and right-wing populism.
“Place Matters: Mapping Iranian Women in Tehran’s
public spaces using qualitative GIS”
Dr. Nazgol Begheri
Department of Political Science and Geography,
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Trained as an architect and urban planner, Dr. Bagheri is interested in working closely with residents, community activists, and artists to better understand the correlations between design, human behaviors, and cultural differences. Her current work connects three complimentary areas: feminist politics, urban design, and the social production of space. Dr. Bagheri applies empowering and innovative approaches such as Geo-Ethnography and Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (QGIS) that often makes the invisible visible. She is committed to challenge as well as enrich the Anglo-American hegemonic geographical theories through studying the people whose stories are often unheard including women and other minorities. She enjoys international collaborative projects; currently she is working on a project about the status of feminist geographic research and teaching in Iranian universities with colleagues in Tehran as well as an interdisciplinary project about Japanese women’s spatial movement in Tokyo.
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Reception to follow.
Focusing on feminist theories,…]]>
Reception to follow.
Focusing on feminist theories, methods, and politics, this roundtable examines
possibilities and pitfalls of “planetary urbanization” as a presumed reality
and analytical lens.
Many herald planetary urbanization as a landmark theoretical frame for
understanding contemporary politics as inescapably about “urban society.” Some
suggest harnessing scholarly and political energy toward urban society by
abandoning both “the city” as a unit of scholarly inquiry and “the right to the
city” as a political aspiration. However, cities, as well as myriads of other
local milieus, such as the heartland, home, family, and body, have been
integral to feminist theorizations of politics and power. They have been
platforms for feminist political action.
Drawing upon examples from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, this panel
will address the following inter-related questions:
1. Where, if anywhere, is there space for feminist theories, methods and
politics on the planetary urbanization landscape?
2. Does a focus on planetary urbanization subsume, erase, or realign feminist
3. Will the planetary urbanization lens limit or offer new pathways for feminist
thought, research, and action?
4. Can the terrain of planetary urbanization launch new waves of feminist
engagement, and, if so, in what ways, to what ends, and by what means?
Ms. Vanesa Tomasino-Rodriguez
Department of Political Science doctoral student
Dr. Nazgol Bagheri
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography
University of Texas, San Antonio
Mr. Karl Gardner
Department of Political Science doctoral student
Dr. Laam Hae
Associate Professor of Department Political Science
Dr. Roger Keil
Professor of Environmental Studies
Dr. Faranak Miraftab
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ms. Jess Parish
Department of Political Science doctoral candidate
This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Faculty of
Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Office of the Provost; as well as
the European Union, Jean Monnet Programme (incoming Jean Monnet Chair, Dr.
Heather MacRae); The City Institute; the School of Gender, Sexuality and
Women’s Studies; Department of Geography; Department of Political Science; and,
the Department of Social Science. Special thanks to Trudeau Fellow Professor
Isabella Bakker and the students in the Doctoral Core Course in Women and
Politics for sharing classroom time and space for this event.
For more information, please contact
Karen Murray, Associate Professor,
Department of Political Science,
at firstname.lastname@example.org/416-736-2100, ext. 30087
Roger Keil, a York University political science professor who co-authored an in-depth study of how SARS affected Toronto as a city, says he sees some parallels with the…]]>
Roger Keil, a York University political science professor who co-authored an in-depth study of how SARS affected Toronto as a city, says he sees some parallels with the new threat, most specifically, how it, too, has emerged from a region of the world that North Americans don’t spend much time thinking about…. He sees the same fervent faith – Keil terms it “hubris” – being expressed about the superiority of Western medicine and technology…. “Ebola is the scariest infectious disease that one can imagine. It really has Biblical plague connotations,” said Keil in Maclean’s Oct. 16
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The York Geography Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, in conjunction…]]>
The York Geography Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Geographers – Ontario Division and the City Institute, present “Massive Convergence,” a talk by City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat.
Jennifer is a graduate of Western University, and has a Master’s of Environmental Studies (politics and planning) from York University. She debuted her first TED talk in 2012, “Walk to School,” followed by the 2013 talk “Own Your City.”
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Watch for detailed descriptions of these events in forthcoming
Watch for detailed descriptions of these events in forthcoming announcements and on posters around campus.
SERIES A: NOVEMBER 3
1. POLS 4404/5504 UNDERGRADUATE-GRADUATE STUDENT ONLY EVENT WITH DR. FARANAK
MIRAFTAB. Dr. Faranak Miraftab (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will make a special visit to the first hour of Dr. Laam Hae’s Politics and Cultures of Neoliberal Urbanism Course (POLS 4404/5504). Limited space. Students are required to complete readings in advance. Please RSVP to Dr. Laam Hae (email@example.com) by Friday, October 31st at 1630. This event has been made possible with the generous financial support of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Department of Geography; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; the Associate Dean of Research (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies); and, the Office of the Provost.
November 3, Monday, 1130-1230, Location: Accolade East, 008.
2. PUBLIC EVENT: MAKING A HOME IN THE HEARTLAND: IMMIGRATION AND GLOBAL LABOUR MOBILITY. The Department of Political Science hosts this flagship Monday Seminar Series event with Dr. Faranak Miraftab (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Dr. Miraftab will be discussing her forthcoming book
(Indiana University Press). This event has been made possible with the generous financial support of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Department of Geography; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; the Associate Dean of Research (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies); and, the Office of the Provost.
November 3, Monday, 1430-1630, Location: Verney Room, South Ross 674.
SERIES B: NOVEMBER 4
1. PUBLIC EVENT: PLACE MATTERS: MAPPING IRANIAN WOMEN IN TEHRAN’S PUBLIC SPACES USING QUALITATIVE GIS. A CITY SEMINAR with Dr. Nazgol Bagheri (University of Texas, San Antonio). The Department of Geography and The City Institute will jointly host this event.
November 4, Tuesday, 1130-1230, Location: 305 York Lanes.
2. PUBLIC EVENT: PLANETARY URBANIZATION, CITIES, HEARTLANDS AND HOME: A roundtable discussion hosted by the Department of Political Science with: Dr. Nazgol Bagheri (University of Texas, San Antonio); Karl Gardner (doctoral student, York University); Dr. Laam Hae (York University), Dr. Roger Keil (York University); Dr. Faranak Miraftab (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); and Jess Parish (doctoral candidate, York University). Chaired by Vanesa Tomasino-Rodriguez (doctoral student, York University). This event has been made possible with the generous support of the European Union, Jean Monnet Programme (incoming Jean Monnet Chair, Dr. Heather MacRae); The City Institute; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Department of Geography; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; the Associate Dean of Research (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies); and, the Office of the Provost.
November 4, Tuesday, 1430 to 1630, Location: Verney Room, South Ross 674.
3. RECEPTION FOR PLANETARY URBANIZATION ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES.
This event has been made possible with the generous financial support of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Department of Geography; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; the Associate Dean of Research (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies); and, the Office of the Provost. Special thanks is also extended to the incoming Jean Monnet Chair, Dr. Heather MacRae, for providing assistance in arranging this event.
November 4, Tuesday, 1630-1730. Location: Verney Room, South Ross 674.
SERIES C: NOVEMBER 5
1. GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY MEET AND GREET WITH DR. NAZGOL BAGHERI. This event is sponsored by The City Institute.
November 5, Wednesday, 1400-1600, Location: Room 749, Kaneff Tower.
For further information on these events please contact Dr. Karen Murray, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Linda Peake, Director, The City Institute (email@example.com).