Dr. Teresa Abbruzzese (Principal Investigator)
Teresa Abbruzzese is Sessional Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Social Science at York University. Teresa's teaching and research interests weave together critical social, urban, and cultural theory. Teresa’s scholarly trajectory is fuelled by her passionate interest in investigating urban sociospatial struggles through different lenses. Along her scholarly travels, she has investigated the politics of road entertainment and struggling mobilities of fairground travelers in Southern Italy; traced Bruce Springsteen’s tracks in his search for place and identity at the heart of his urban narratives and songwriting processes; examined sociospatial articulations of neoliberal urbanism by specifically looking at metropolitan governance and social housing issues, as well as suburban sprawl, regional equity, and place-based social movements in North America.
Brandon Takayuki Hillier (Research Assistant)
Brandon Takayuki Hillier (HBA Candidate, Urban Studies) is the Managing Editor of The Toronto Urban Journal and is a fourth-year urban studies student at York University. He is also a part of the executive committee of The City Institute as the undergraduate representative. His work employs a political economy approach to questions of political space, territory and governance. Brandon intends on continuing his work at the graduate level and work toward a PhD.