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Application Process

The City Institute is able to accommodate a limited number of visiting scholars each year. The Institute encourages applications from faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from other institutions.

Normally, we can provide visitors with a shared workspace, Internet access, an email account and a York University library card. There is no monetary funding available for visiting scholar appointments.

If you are interested in applying to becoming a Visiting Scholar with the City Institute, please complete and send the application form along with a current copy of your curriculum vitae to city@yorku.ca.

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Dr. Wolfgang Andexlinger

Institute for Urban Design and Spatial Planning, University Innsbruck, Austria
Wolfgang Andexlinger is an Assistant-Professor at the Institute for Urban Planning and Spatial Design at the University Innsbruck, Austria. His main research focus is based on areas where urban systems collide with rural elements. He wrote his doctoral thesis about the superimposition of rural and urban elements and its spatial impact in tourist alpine regions in Austria. His current research is focused on action and planning strategies for those ‘rurbanised’ areas. He wants to compare large urban areas such as Toronto with the tourist focused areas in the Alps. The aim is to identify comparable and non-comparable elements to develop strategies for a sustainable and liveable future.

Wolfgang Andexlinger was at the City Institute from August to December 2011.

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Miriam Alfie-Cohen

Department of Social Sciences, UAM-Cuajimalpa
Miriam has a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Santa Fe, Mexico City. Her research looks at governance, environmental risk, environmental movements and democracy in North America. She is a Research Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, UAM-Cuajimalpa and is a “National Research” Level II within the National System of Researchers in Mexico. She is a member of the Mexican Association of Canadian Studies, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Canadian Studies, and El Cotidiano Journal. Miriam will be at CITY from August to October 2010.

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Marcela Arrieta Narváez

Technische Universität Berlin

Marcela is an urban anthropologist, associate fellow at the DFG International Graduate Research Program Berlin-New York- Toronto
at the Technische Universität Berlin. She holds a holds Master in historical urban studies with a focus on environmental history at the Center for Metropolitan Studies TU Berlin. She is interested in the sustainable development of cities an regards the cultural behavior, the discourses of the local inhabitants and their knowledge as inputs for city planning and resource management. The relation between culture and nature, between human beings and their environment have a central position in her research work. Marcela has been involved with anthropological and ethnographic research for the Columbia Coffee Growers Association, National University of Columbia’s “Group 15″, and with the Anthropology department of the National University of Columbia in Bogotá. She will be at CITY from May to June 2013.

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Sabine Barthold

Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin.

Sabine is a fellow and PhD candidate in the International Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin. She studied sociology and political science at Dresden University of Technology and The New School for Social Research in New York. In her MA thesis on post-Socialist urban development in Dresden she investigated the transition process from modern to post-modern modes in the production of inner-city spaces. Her research interests range from urban sociology, urban environmental governance and political ecology to critical and Marxist geography and critical IPE. Currently, she is working on her dissertation project and conducts research on international city organizations and their role as networks for knowledge and policy transfer in global environmental governance and their influence on the production of urban political ecologies. Sabine will be at the CITY Institute from September to December 2012

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Markus-Belz1

Candidate, Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main.

Markus is mostly interested in questions of sustainable transportation and city development. His bachelor thesis explored Berlin’s way to become a city adapted for cyclists. In Frankfurt he attended seminars on sustainable transport and mobility management, which were mainly focused on European cities. In Toronto he hopes to learn about ways to improve sustainable means of transport in car-dependent North American cities with sprawling suburbs.

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Prof. Bernd Belina

Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
Bernd’s research interests include urban and political geography and critical criminology. His main fields of research in recent years have been urban policing, crime mapping, basic notions of historical-geographical materialism, and the recent history of radical and critical geography in Germany. During his stay at York he is conducting research on the way in which policing is organized in different municipalities in the Toronto region as part of a larger project that looks into the complicated relationships between core city and more peripheral parts of the global city regions Frankfurt and Toronto. Bernd is at the City Institute from June to July 2012.

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Prof. Robin Bloch
Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton
Professor Bloch is an urban and regional planner with professional experience in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He specialises in urban, metropolitan and regional planning; local and regional economic development; and environmental management. His work has included the entire project cycle, from project identification and formulation through implementation, quality assurance, and monitoring and evaluation of individual projects and programmes. Prof. Bloch was at York University in November 2009.

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Rosalia Camacho

Junior Fellow
Masters Candidate, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Rosalia’s research looks to the role and influence of transportation systems in the construction of urban spaces. Using Mexico City as a case of study, the research explores the types of mobility that have been produced in this specific urban process. Drawing attention to the different neoliberal policies applied to the current transportation system, observing what kind of projects are promoted in the mobility of the city and who are the main actors and activities behind this urban construction.
Rosalia was at the City Institute from February 2007 to January 2008.

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Laura Calbet Elias

Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin.                                                                                                                                               Laura Calbet is a PhD-Student at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin and Assistant Professor & Researcher in the Department for Urban Design & Development at Technische Universität Berlin. In her present research she explores the financialisation of housing, specifically the changing patterns in the production and consumption of inner-city real estate, as well as the conceptualization of housing as means of reproduction. Further research interests are urban redevelopment in Barcelona and Berlin, public space in planning politics, and the critical teaching of urban design. She is member of the editorial board of the urban journal “sub\urban”. Laura will be at the CITY Institute from September to December 2013.

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PhD Candidate, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Denise is a PhD student in History and Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from University of São Paulo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism and a Master in History. Her master thesis was about railroad heritage preservation, focusing the relations between dwellers and the architectural heritage. Her present research explores the designation and preservation of industrial heritage through Itatinga Hydropower Station case study. Her research interests include heritage preservation, industrial heritage, identity and the relations between memory and the city. Denise will be at the City Institute from January to July 2013.

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Dr. Susanne Heeg

Department of Geosciences/Geography, Institute of Human Geography, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Dr. Susanne Heeg is professor in urban geography at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. Her current research explores the globalization of the real estate industry in Canada and Germany in comparison. In Toronto, she conducted interviews with different real estate actors about their spatial strategies. This work is based on previous research on the interrelationship of the real estate industry and urban planning in respect to a large scale redevelopment project in Boston. Susanne Heeg was at the City Institute for the summer 2010, and in June of 2012.

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toronto_photoEva Kuschinski

Masters Candidate, Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main 

Eva is graduate student in Human Geography and Sociology. She’s generally interested in Marxist as well as poststructuralist theoretical approaches, more precisely in housing markets and policies and the right to housing, as well as feminist geographies. In her current research she focuses on the changing patterns of public and affordable housing policies in the age of neoliberal capitalism. She’s at York University in fall 2013.

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Marilena Liguori

Junior Research Fellow PhD Candidate, Center for Urbanization, Culture and Society
National Institute for Scientific Research (Montreal)

Marilena is a PhD student in urban studies att he Center for Urbanization, Culture and Society at the National Institute for Scientific Research in Montreal. Her doctoral work is being carried out under the supervision of Dr. Julie-Anne Boudreau. Marilena is interested in urban governance and, in particular, the municipal policy response to international migration. Using Toronto as a case study, the research explores the construction of the image of social harmony and the treatment of difference as diversity by looking at city marketing strategies employed by the City of Toronto.

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Christoph Matthias

Masters Candidate, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Christoph is interested in questions of urban governance and planning, in particular, the forms of (public) service delivery and the governance of infrastructure. His bachelor thesis looked into the management of a Frankfurt-based public-private partnership as an example of new forms of service delivery in an entrepreneurial city. His current interest is revolving around transformation of service delivery and infrastructure management.

Christoph was at the City Institute from September to December 2011/February2012.

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Christian Mettke

PhD Student, Graduate Program ‘Topology of Technology’Institute IWAR
Darmstadt University of Technology

Christian Mettke holds a degree in Geography and Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. His main research interest lies in urban development and the transformation of urban infrastructures. Christian completed his diploma thesis on “Resource efficiency in China’s urban transportation system”. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute for spatial and infrastructure planning at Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany). In his dissertation project he is conducting a comparative study on the transformation of the public transit systems in Toronto and Frankfurt (Germany). The key issue in this study, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is the changing institutional and political context of public transit provision and the accessibility to public transit in suburban spaces. Christian was at City Institute from June to December 2011.

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Lara-Maria Mohr

Masters Candidate, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany.
Lara is graduate student from Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. Lara earned her bachelors degree in cultural anthropology and has since changed to human geography for her masters degree because of her interest in urban studies. Lara’s bachelors thesis explored the possibilites of converting offices to residential use in Frankfurt, but is also interested in environmental planning. Lara hopes to learn more about this topic in particular during her time at the City Institute

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Dr. Jochen Monstadt

Chair for Spatial and Infrastructure Planning
Institute IWAR
Darmstadt University of Technology

Jochen Monstadt is professor for spatial and infrastructure planning at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. His research interests are at the interface between urban/regional studies and social studies of technology. He has conducted and coordinated extensive comparative research on the urban transition of energy, water and wastewater systems, on the co-evolution of cities and infrastructures and on infrastructure planning and urban governance in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States and Vietnam. His research at the City Institute explores the transition of urban infrastructures in Toronto and L.A. and its impact on urban environmental governance and planning.

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Prof. Jan Nijman

Department of Geography, University of Miami
Prof. Nijman is a comparative urbanist and political geographer. His research and teaching interests include: urban and regional development; comparative urbanism; globalization; world cities; geopolitics. He has regional interests in Metropolitan Miami and Greater Mumbai. Prof. Nijman has completed extensive field work experience in urban India. Prof. Nijman was at York University in March 2008.

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Clémence Petit

Junior Research Fellow
PhD Student, Centre for European Political Sociology, Strasbourg University (France)

Clémence’s doctoral work looks to the ‘uses of Europe’ (understood as a reservoir of financial, material, cognitive, strategic resources) by national and local actors in the diffusion in Turkey of new frames and tools of urban public action – and more precisely participatory mechanisms. Using the Urban Regeneration Policy of Istanbul as a case study, the research intends to question the respective roles of national heritages (institutions and political culture), external pressures or influences (from the EU and other international organizations like the World Bank, but also from the alter-globalist movement) and actors’ strategies and interests in the greater demand for citizens’ participation to the formulation and the implementation of local projects of urban regeneration. The aim of her work is finally to examine the impact of theses processes on the political order, characteristics of public action and claims of collection actions on the themes of ‘metropolitan citizenship’ and ‘local democracy’ in Istanbul. She was at the City Institute from September 2009 to December 2009.

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Tino Petzold

Junior Research Fellow
Masters Candidate, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Tino is generally interested in Marxist theories of law in relation to concepts of space. His bachelor thesis dealt with the role of law in the expulsion of the homeless from public spaces in Frankfurt am Main during the 1990s. His current research draws attention to the rescaling of law to supranational forms. Examples are the implementation of a European legal form in the course of the project of a European Union and recent attempts to establish a global legal form in order to govern climate change. Tino was at the City Institute from July to October 2010.

 

_SAM9472Lucas Pohl

Masters Candidate, Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main

Lucas is graduate student in Human Geography. Generally, he is interested in Philosophy, Critical Theory and concepts of space. He researched about homelessness and right-wing development in Germany as well as in Hungary. His current researches focussing on the question of fear and anxiety, especially in neoliberal societies. He will be at York University from September 2013.

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Melanie Pooch

PhD Student, Graduate Program ‘Formations of the Global’, University of Mannheim, Germany
Melanie Pooch holds a degree in English Language and Literature as well as Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. Her main research interest lies in American literature and culture. She studied abroad on scholarship at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, USA. She completed her diploma thesis on the development from post-colonial hybridity to global transculturality in North American minority literature. She is currently a doctoral student and scholarship recipient of the graduate program ‘Formations of the Global’, investigating processes of cultural globalization from literary perspectives. In the doctoral program, she is concentrating on the global cities of Los Angeles, New York as well as Toronto and their function as (trans)cultural nodal points. Her primary focus is the description of the transcultural urban novel in a globalizing world. Melanie was at the City Institute from March 5 – May 7, 2011.

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Sebastian Schipper

PhD Candidate, Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Using the city of Frankfurt am Main as a case study, Sebastian analyses in his doctoral work the neoliberalization process of urban politics from the 1960s until now with special focus on the impact of the current economic crisis. On a theoretical level he asks in what way insights from materialist theory (Regulation approach, state theory) and from poststructuralist ways of thinking (especially Governmentality studies) could be combined for a better understanding of local transformation processes. Generally he is interested in Critical Theory and Geography, Urban studies, Political Geography as well as Tel Aviv. Sebastian was with CITY from October 2010 to March 2011.

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Marisa Schönhofen

Masters Candidate, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Marisa is a Graduate Student from Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany where she studies human geography. Even though her focus there is on economic geography she is very interested in urban planning, especially participatory processes in planning and planning policies. Marisa will be at CITY from from November 2012 until May 2013.

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Juliette Segard

PhD Candidate, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Juliette Segard is a PhD student in Geography at University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Her doctoral work focuses on governance and local political structure in the suburbs of Hanoi, and especially in craft villages. She also studies the impact of territorial administrative reforms on the Red River Delta region, and on State-society relations.  Juliette was at the City Institute from November 2011 to February 2012.

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stuphotoTracey Skelton

Associate Professor at NUS and was previously Professor of Critical Geographies at Loughborough University (where she is still a visiting professor) in the UK. Her research and publications have made significant contributions to the development of critical geographies through their focus on social justice issues in relation to gender, race, disability and age. She is internationally known for her work on the geographies of children and young people and is currently Editor-in-Chief of a Springer Major Reference Work of the same name. Since relocating to NUS in 2007 she has conducted two major research projects in the Asia-Pacific region. Young People, Citizenship and Global Futures: A comparative study of Auckland and Singapore and more recently, a Global Asia Institute funded project, Asian Cities: Liveability, Sustainability, Diversity and Spaces of Encounter. The latter involved a team of 8 scholars working in 4 cities (Busan in South Korea; Hyderabad in India; Kunming in China; Singapore). It demanded complex cross-cultural translation and interpretation of both methods and collected data in 7 languages. Tracey is currently developing two writing and editing projects: a monograph with Polity on Youthful Urban Futures and a co-edited collection (with Rachel Silvey) on Securitisation, Migration and Subjectivities in Asia, (ARI-Springer Series). She is the Commissioning Editor for Asia of Children’s Geographies.

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Pedagogical University Berne, Switzerland
Human Rights and Research Institute IPC, Medellín, Colombia
Dr. Angela Stienen has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Berne University, Switzerland. Her work has included extensive field research in Colombia on globalisation, urban politics and conflict transformation. In Switzerland she has researched migration, urban development, cultural politics and education. Recently, she co-directed a research project in the programme, Religion, State, and Society of the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is professor in Sociology at the Pedagogical University Berne and associate researcher at the Human Rights and Research Institute IPC in Medellín, Colombia. Angela Stienen was at the CITY Institute at York University during her sabbatical from January 2011 to January 2012.

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Jakob Svensson

Junior Fellow
PhD Candidate, Lund University, Institute of Communication

Jakob’s research is tied to a participatory democratic project within the Municipality of Helsingborg, southern Sweden. His specific focus revolves around civic identities. In studying different activities organized by the municipality, the focus is on how people construct themselves and others as citizens through language. Which identities become more relevant than others, in what way and why? Preliminary findings suggest that an emphasis on the future, active and unselfish engagement makes participation relevant, especially if you are a middle-aged parent with a strong sense of local identity.
Jakob was at York University for the Fall semester of 2007.

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Prof. Li Wei

Canadian Studies Centre/History Department Shandong University, P.R. China
Prof. Li Wei is a historian and his research and teaching related to Canadian studies has included history of Sino-Canadian relations, historical evolution of Canadian federalism and labour movement. His current interest is in Canadian urban development, especially focusing on the history of Canadian government housing policy and programs and the policy-making process. Prof. Li Wei is at York University from March to July, 2012.
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James T. White

Junior Fellow
PhD Student, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia

James is a student of planning and urban design from the United Kingdom, he is currently undertaking research for his PhD in Planning at UBC. James is interested in urban design policy and process and the role design plays in the masterplanning of large-scale mega-project developments. Large-scale projects, and their subsequent design, can have a dramatic impact on the shape of cities, particularly in the contemporary city where significant tracts of land became available for development since the post-industrial turn. James is researching the interactions and dynamics between city governments and large-scale developers/development corporations. His case study focus is on the projects of Toronto’s waterfront, including Concord Pacific and Waterfront Toronto.

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Prof. Mark Whitehead

Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Prof. Whitehead’s research and teaching focuses on environmental and political geography with a particular concern with the emergence of green and sustainable cities. Prof. Whitehead is a committee member of the Royal Geographical Society’s Political Geography Research Group and is on the editorial board of the journal of Social and Cultural Geography. Prof. Whitehead was at York University in September 2007.

 

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