The City Institute at York University is the home of several funded research projects. These projects have been developed by members of the Institute and are housed in the CITY offices. Inquiries about these projects and their results can be directed either at the researchers directly or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the region serviced by Metrolinx is at the cusp of major investments into its transit supply and operation systems, we intend to ask what consequences the proposed funding has for the people, communities, and sub/urban municipalities it is meant to provide with better mobility. While the Toronto region is growing by leaps and bounds, we have become aware that such growth occurs increasingly in ways that create more socio-economic and socio-spatial inequalities. Often, the areas with the fastest rising, and most concentrated poverty are also the least well served by mobility infrastructures. We ask specifically whether and how planned transit investments under the Big Move can serve to stave off additional inequalities, whether they might, in fact, improve the situation of people in – often suburban – “transit deserts,” or whether they might, at a minimum, not make things worse for the most vulnerable and immobile groups on our growing city.
Mobilizing New Urban Structures to Increase the Performance and Effect of R&D in Universities and Beyond This project examines the specific conditions under which public investments in R&D can do more to stimulate innovation and economic growth. This synthesis speaks directly to emerging best practices in creating and sustaining effective networks, collaboration and linkages of researchers with firms and communities; the transfer of knowledge from higher education to private and public producers and service firms in urban regions; and in stimulating knowledge receptor capacity in the economy.
Comparing Metropolitan Governance in Transatlantic Perspective: Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Frankfurt
A comparative investigation of the globally-induced transformation of metropolitan governance systems in Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Frankfurt. The focus of this research project, is the urban region with its growing web of metropolitan governance. The emergence of collective action at the metropolitan level in Canada and Europe is examined through infrastructure, public health, green space, and human security.
This project explores the legacies of 20th century socialist urbanism in three cities - Berlin, Hanoi and Stockholm – and considers their impact on urban policy, spatial form and everyday life in the 21st century. Through an exploration of changes underway in districts in each of the case study cities, we address three key questions: How is their socialist and modernist past discursively framed – as a problem or a possibility? In what way can urban politics be considered a confrontation with those legacies? What policy lessons could be applied to Canadian urban regions?
Placing Labour in the New Urban Economy
A collaborative, international research project focusing on the various 'entrepreneurial' roles that trade unions have defined in the neoliberal period (1980s - current). Organized labour's urban strategies may be qualified as entrepreneurial in the sense that unions are assuming an active role in the promotion and re-regulation of their respective sectors, a role which often entails the promotion of 'high road' employment practices that overlap with the shared concerns of local governments and locally-dependent firms in workforce development, increased inward investment and competitiveness-oriented social policy, and the interests local communities have in the expansion of employment opportunities and the provision of public services. This research project is structured as a comparative case study with five industry clusters (film industry, tourism, green building, child care, mass transit) being compared across two case cities (Toronto, New York City).
Addressing Gendered Insecurities In The Urban Global South
This project will establish an interdisciplinary research programme, situated at the intersections of urban, development, and feminist studies, aims to critically examine the aforementioned paradox via the nexus of gender, poverty and insecurity in the urban global south. Based on five case studies in the small sized city of Georgetown, Guyana, Tehran, Iran, the medium sized city of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the mega cities of Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China, the programme has three empirical dimensions. Contact: Linda Peake
In-Between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability
With city planning focused primarily on the downtown and suburban regions, what lies "in between" has yet to be explored. Using the region surrounding York University, this research project investigates the relationships between investments in highways, airports, institutions and industrial structures, and the frequently under-serviced residential and natural areas that lie among them.
Canadian Cities on the Edge: Reassessing the Canadian Suburb
The Visible City Project + Archive
Producing Spaces of Urban Nature
The City in the New Millenium: An International and Comparative Perspective
Making Immigrant Neighbourhoods in Miami's and Toronto's In-between Cities
Urban Sustainability and Environmental Research in Canada: Prospects for Overcoming Disciplinary Divides?
The Policing View is a three-year project, the core objective of which is to offer independent academic inquiry into an area of police, surveillance, and public accountability that has, heretofore, been monopolized by internal police research. This central objective will be addressed through two sets of inter-related empirical and theoretical questions.