An Introduction to CITY

The City Institute at York University (CITY) brings together the university’s urban scholars—faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scholars—from across the social sciences and the humanities with particular strengths in geography, environmental studies, planning, anthropology, sociology, political science. As an interdisciplinary institute, CTIY facilitates critical and collaborative research, providing new knowledge and innovative approaches to comprehending and addressing the complexity of the urban arena.

York University Keele Campus: The new subway station, and the Kaneff Tower, where the CITY Institute is located on the 7th floor

The Institute also plays a vital role in developing Canada’s next generation of leaders and thinkers, with graduate and post-doctoral fellows playing a central role in the life of the Institute. CITY’s researchers have long-standing relationships with community groups, NGOs and policymakers, within Toronto, across the Greater Toronto Area, and globally.

CITY currently houses a number of research projects including the SSHRC Partnership Grant "Urbanization, gender and the global south: a transformative knowledge network” and the Major Collaborative Research Initiative “Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century”. Learn more about other CITY research projects here.

CITY frequently hosts events, including our City Seminar series: check here for upcoming events, and here for event archives to access audio and video from past talks.

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Interim Director's Message 2020

Dear CITY members,

Having served as a member of the CITY executive for the 2019-2020 year, I’d like to begin by thanking Prof. Linda Peake for another successful year directing CITY (despite the curtailment of activities in March by COVID-19) and wish her well on our behalf for a productive and enjoyable sabbatical. I’d also like to express our collective thanks to our outgoing coordinator Dr. Francesca D’Amico, who defended her PhD in History last Fall and is now settling in to postdoctoral life at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute.

It is an honour to step in as Interim Director for the year. And I do hope that I will get to step inside the Kaneff Tower at some point before the end of this year! I am also glad to be working with our interim coordinator Dr. Tiffany Pollock for the coming months; both of us have been getting to grips (remotely) with what button does what since starting on July 1.

We will continue to administer the various SSHRC and other grants currently housed at CITY over the coming months. As you are aware, the grant application cycle has not changed as a result of COVID-19, and we will continue our practice of encouraging and constructively critiquing applications from any of you that you are interested in running through CITY for the upcoming season. We will be updating the CITY website to take account of your various items of news and achievements and the arrival of new postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars, as well as the fruits of our creative graduate and undergraduate affiliates. And despite the current realities of off-campus interaction, we will continue our process of outreach to locate urban and suburban-focused researchers and projects at York, especially but by no means exclusively in the arts and humanities arena.

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