York Faculty Affiliates

CITY Institute Director

Prof. Linda Peake

Web site: http://lpeake.info.yorku.ca/

Director of the City Institute

Professor Peake is a feminist geographer with interests in the gendered social organization of urban space. She has conducted research on the articulation of social relations of class, gender, race and sexuality in relation to urban places in Canada, the USA and Guyana.Prof. Peake studies urban Canada and feminist geography, particularly the gendered social organization of urban space.

York University Faculty Members

Prof. Othon Alexandrakis
Department of Anthropology

Prof. Alexandrakis is an anthropologist whose research interests include citizenship, migration, ruination and statecraft. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in and around Athens, Greece, among various populations that live in that city, including undocumented migrants (mostly from West Africa), anti-establishment youth and the Roma (Gypsy) community.  His current research examines local responses to neoliberal-fed precarity among Athenians, with particular focus on the emergence of spaces of experimentation with traditional political forms.

Prof. S. Harris Ali
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Ali studies environmental disasters; the environment and health; environmental sociology; and preventive engineering. In addition, he investigated how processes of globalization have affected the transmission and response to SARS within the context of Toronto as a global city.

Prof. Uzo Anucha
School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Anucha's scholarship focuses on: Homelessness and Under-Housing; Immigration and Diversity; and International  Social Work. She actively seeks to bridge the gap between knowledge production and knowledge use by translating and disseminating research findings to communities, agencies and policy makers using diverse forums. She was the Director of a six-year (2006-2012) international collaboration with the University of Benin, Nigeria that focused on building the capacity of social workers to better address the vulnerability of women and girls in Benin City to poverty, trafficking and HIV/AIDS.

Prof. Ali Asgary
Emergency Management, School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Asgary’s research focuses on urban disaster and emergency management issues ranging from economic assessment of risk mitigation/prevention and emergency preparedness measures to urban disaster simulations and automation, and post disaster reconstruction.

Prof. Alison Bain
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Bain is a feminist urban social geographer who studies contemporary urban and suburban culture. Her research examines the complex relationships of cultural workers and LGBTQ2S populations to cities and suburbs in Canada and Germany with particular attention to questions of identity formation, place-making, spatial politics, and neighbourhood change. Her writing focuses on the (sub)urban geographies of artistic labour, creative practice, and cultural production and has involved the development of critiques of creative city theory and cultural planning in their application to small- and mid-sized cities and suburbs. She is especially interested in contested processes of social inclusion and social exclusion in neighbourhoods as triggered by both by bottom-up and top-down arts-led urban redevelopment initiatives as well as queer place-making practices.

Prof. Ranu Basu
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Ranu Basu is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research and teaching interests relate to the geographies of marginality, diversity and social justice in cities; power, space and activism; critical geographies of education; and spatial methodologies including critical GIS. Her projects have explored the impacts of neoliberalization of educational restructuring in Ontario; multiculturalism in schools through questions of 'integration'; social sustainability and the meaning of public space as it relates to migrants; and the provision of infrastructure for marginal groups in suburban regions. Most recently she has embarked on a SSHRC funded project entitled Subalterity, education and welfare cities that historically traces the geopolitical impacts on cities and schools through questions of conflict and displacement in Havana, Toronto and Kolkata.

Philip Boyle, PhD

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Dr. Boyle’s research is broadly concerned with contemporary forms of security, surveillance, and social regulation in the post-9/11 city. He has held postdoctoral positions in the School of Communications at Temple University (USA) and the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (UK), and his previous research examined security governance at the Olympic Games and other urban mega-events. He is currently working on a project on critical infrastructure resilience in Canada.

Prof. Tom Cohen
Department of History and Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Cohen taps the extensive verbatim records of criminal courts to explore the social, political,and cultural anthropology of life in Renaissance Rome and its hinterland. The work is microhistorical, expounded as stories, with an eye to the colour and flavour of daily life, to explore the ephemeral structures of social life, its alliances and enmities, the strategies of self-help, brokerage, negotiation, and mutual support in a city of weak formal institutions where jury-rigged solutions made good the deficiencies of governance. He tracks “entanglement” and “communion” –devices for civic and social coherence, via webs of gifts, both material and symbolic, and shared experience — to read the ceremonial life of the “baroque city” through the lens of an exchange economy. Recent urban-centred works include an essay on "the Italian political shout" and a translation from the French of a subtle study of a Renaissance snowball fight (and rebellion) on Murano, the glass-maker island right next to Venice.

Prof. Warren Crichlow
Faculty of Education

Dr. Warren Crichlow is associated with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, Culture and Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada. His current research initiatives include the development of a transnational, collaborative project on media arts practices in schools and communities in Canada, Argentina and the U. S., a Robarts Centre project investigating the role of festivals and cultural policy in constructing the creative city, among others. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and is active in the Gallery's contemporary art and education outreach initiatives with local communities.

Prof. Don Dippo
Faculty of Education. 

Don Dippo is a University Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. Together with Professor Wenona Giles, he co-directs the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project, a CIDA funded initiative designed to bring post-secondary education opportunities to people living in the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit organization that supports high school age youth in Toronto’s Jane/Finch community.

Prof. Lisa Drummond
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Demonstrating York’s commitment to urban research on a global scale, Prof. Drummond researches Vietnamese cities, with an emphasis on popular culture and social norms of femininity and womanhood. She is completing a book manuscript entitled: Mad Dogs to Motorbikes: Public Space in Hanoi, Vietnam, from the French Colonial Period to the Present. The research for this book was funded by an SSHRC Standard Research Grant. She is a member of the MCRI project at the CITY Institute and is also working on a further SSHRC funded project on urban water issues.

Prof. Jenny Foster
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Foster's research investigates the many ways that ecology is politicized and landscapes are socially constructed. She researches landscape form and processes across Toronto's public green spaces in terms of urban socioecological metabolism.

Prof. Stephen Gaetz
Faculty of Education

Prof. Gaetz is the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub. He is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian response to homelessness.

Prof. Liette Gilbert

Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Gilbert's research focuses on issues of neoliberalisation, securitization and criminalization of immigration, urban citizenship and social justice. She is particularly interested in theincongruities between ideologies, policies and everyday practices, and media representations of immigration and multiculturalism. She has also written on the politics of sub/urban re/development from Lac-Mégantic to Mexico City. She is the co-author of The Oak Ridges Moraine Battles: Development, Sprawl and Nature Conservation in the Toronto Region with her colleagues L. Anders Sandberg and Gerda R. Wekerle. The book examines local and regional environmental politics from a critical political ecology perspective.

Prof. Shubhra Gururani
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Gururani’s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of the cultural politics of environment and development, postcoloniality, third world feminisms, and social movements. She has conducted ethnographic research and published on the politics of conservation and gendered struggles over livelihood in Central Himalayas, India, exploring the cultural production and representation of environmentalism, place, gender, and identity. Professor Gururani is currently working on a new project on Third World urban forms in emerging cities like Gurgaon, which investigates the changing environmental and territorial politics in urban metropolis and suburbs in the context of neoliberal transformation.

Prof. Laam Hae
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Laam Hae studies and teaches the political economy of, and cultural politics over, urban redevelopment. More specifically, she has researched popular struggles over gentrification, the post-industrialization of urban economies, city marketing, zoning regulations, the militarization of urban space and the right to the city, in both North America and East Asia (specializing particularly in South Korea). Professor Hae’s current research examines struggles over the deregulation of greenbelt areas in South Korea (with SSHRC funding) and shantytown redevelopment under the liberal-leftist Seoul municipal government.

Prof. Jin Haritaworn
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Jin is interested in the concurrency of celebration and pathologization in urban narratives of sexual and racial Otherness, in everyday lives and encounters in landscapes that remain shaped by the longue durée of racism, colonialism and gender oppression. They have conducted two projects so far: The first discussed the celebration of multiracial bodies in Northwest European tropes of the cosmopolitan city (The Biopolitics of Mixing, 2012);the second (Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, forthcoming) tackles ‘queer regenerations’ in Berlin, where formerly degenerate bodies and spaces are vitalized in an inner-city setting of gentrification, ‘war on terror’, and social death. They are currently working on a new project called MarvelousGrounds: Queer of Colour Imaginaries in the Toronto Gay Village.

Prof. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Department of Sociology
Prof. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa's areas of specialization are sociology of culture and political sociology. Her research interests range from common cultural artifacts to art (cinema) and visual culture in general. Her work is anchored within the scope of three major fields: 1. Mediascapes, principally new media, in relation to politics and shared spaces as they are constituted and evolve in non-Western contexts; 2. Secularism ; 3. Marginalized forms of protest and new forms of the political, regions vs. urban centers.She holds a SHHRC grant at the CITY Institute investigating urban protests in the Maghreb.

Prof. Shelley Hornstein
Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts

Prof. Hornstein looks at the intersections between architecture, memory and place in urban sites.  She has published widely  on cities as memorial scapes in the postwar period, Google Earth and virtual places, and Architourism.   Her most recent  research is on demolition as urban amnesia.  Among the courses she teaches are:  Cultural Cartographies, Memory and Place, Sex and the City, and The Metropolis Revisited.

Prof. William Jenkins
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Jenkins studies cultural and historical geography, diaspora and nationalism, and Irish-Canadian studies. His PhD explored relations between the Irish in Buffalo, NY and Toronto, ON.

Prof. Roger Keil
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Roger Keil is York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in Toronto. He researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology and regional governance and is the Principal Investigator of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Global Suburbanisms (2010-18) (http://www.yorku.ca/suburbs). Keil is the author of the forthcoming Suburban Planet (Polity) and editor of Suburban Constellations (Jovis 2013); co-editor (with Pierre Hamel) of Suburban Governance: A Global View (UTP 2015); co-editor (with Julie-Anne Boudreau, Pierre Hamel and Stefan Kipfer) of Governing Cities Through Regions (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2017) and co-editor (with Xuefei Ren) of The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge 2018). Keil is a co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), previous director of the CITY Institute at York University and former co-editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Prof. Sean Kheraj
Department of History

Prof. Kheraj's research looks at the interrelationship between humans, non-human animals, and urbanization in Canada and aims to understand how these historical changes in urban human-animal relations transformed cities and changed human ideas about their relationship with non-human nature.
Kheraj is also beginning work on a new research project that will examine the social and ecological consequences of the transfer of biota from the Old World to North America and the history of European colonization and biological expansion in Western Canada through a case study of the Red River colony. His third major research area is the history of oil pipeline spills in Canada. This project will provide a quantitative history of the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons via pipeline since 1949. He is the author of the book, Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History, a preview chapter of which is available here.

Prof. Stefan Kipfer
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Kipfer’s research is focused on two related areas: (1) the comparative analysis of urban politics, and (2) the excavation of urban dimensions in social and political theory. In metropolitan regions like Toronto, Zurich and Paris, he has been investigating the relationships between social movements, modes of state intervention (including planning and policy) and patterns of social, economic and cultural restructuring. His theoretical explorations have tried to articulate critical marxist and anti-colonial traditions, notably in the works of Henri Lefebvre, Frantz Fanon and Antonio Gramsci.

Prof. Robert Kozinets
Schulich School of Business

Robert V. Kozinets teaches Marketing at York University's Schulich School of Business and researches resonant brands across a range of industries and domains. He also runs a blog at www.kozinets.net.

Prof. Ute Lehrer
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Lehrer's research focuses on urban geography, cities and globalization, image production in cities, and economic restructuring and urban form. She also studies the built environment, ethnicity and immigration to urban areas, and the theory and history of planning, urban design and architecture.

Prof. Lucia Lo
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Lo uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools to map the settlement of immigrants, and to help develop public policies on immigrant services. In particular, she is studying the preferences of Chinese immigrant consumers for local, ‘ethnic’ businesses, and how larger, ‘mainstream’ businesses are attempting to compete with the ‘ethnic’ economy.

Prof. Robert MacDermid
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. MacDermid is interested in voting behaviour in Canada with an emphasis on political parties, election campaigns, and campaign advertising. Prof. MacDermid's recent work has looked at municipal election financing and the use of corporate donations in campaigns.

Prof. Janine Marchessault
Canada Research Chair, Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts

Prof. Marchessault, Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization, studies the role played by artist communities and cultural industries in the life of cities such as Toronto, Helsinki and Mexico.

Prof. Susan McGrath
School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. McGrath, previous Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies, is active in university-community research and planning partnerships in Toronto's Black Creek community and has written on issues related to social planning, community development and settlement.  She has extensive experience as a practitioner and researcher in social service agencies and advocacy organizations including child welfare, housing, child poverty, social planning and refugee settlement.  She leads a global refugee research network that links researchers, practitioners and policy makers concerned about forced migration issues including in urban settings.

Prof. Karen Murray
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

My intellectual commitments are broadly focused on understanding how forms of inequality are governmentally and politically institutionalized and normalized but also challenged and subverted. Recent publications can be found respectively in Urban Geography and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. I currently sit on the editorial board of Global Discourse and am presently working on a co-edited special edition for the journal on "Augmenting the Left" with Robert Latham, Adam Kingsmith and Julian von Bargen. In 2013, I was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Kennesaw State University in Greater Atlanta. In the winter of 2016, I held the Killam Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. I spent the fall of 2016 as the Eakin Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Studies at McGill University's Institute for the Study of Canada in Montreal. In 2014-2015, I was named a York University Research Leader.

Prof. Laurence Packer
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Prof. Packer's research is largely concerned with the biology and conservation of bees and seeks to understand the biological diversity of bees, to understand their biodiversity patterns and to ensure the long-term persistence of bee populations.  His research involves a diverse arrange of approaches to questions on the basic biology, conservation and systematics of bees and other insects.  His research involves field work which has been carried it out in many different parts of Canada and throughout the world, including within urban settings.

Prof. Valerie Preston
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Preston is a social geographer currently investigating public debates concerning the impact of immigration on the landscapes of Canadian and Australian cities, immigrant women’s integration in urban labor markets, and the ways transnational migration affects citizenship in Canadian cities.

L. Anders Sandberg
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Sandberg's research focuses on environmental and forest policy; environmental economy; environmental and professional history; alternative economic development; as well as Canadian, Maritime, and Scandinavian studies.

Prof. Karl Schmid
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Schmid has conducted research in Egypt on inequality and spatial control, including the development of the city of Luxor by the Egyptian government, World Bank, UNESCO, and the UNDP. His current projects include grasping the diversity of suburban Cairo and the relationships between its highly segregated areas, and the potential social and cultural implications of an energy transition within the Greater Toronto Area.

Prof. Harvey Schwartz
Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts

Prof. Shwartz undertakes research focused primarily on applied analysis and research in the fields of regional and urban economics, as well as broader issues on the problems of cities.

Dr. Jeffrey Squire

Dr. Squire has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and African Studies, a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, both from York University, and a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. Jeffrey’s research, writing and teaching focuses on the complex interaction between urban environmental issues and public health in relation to sustainability and development. He has previously taught courses at York University, Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Jeffrey is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (LAMP) - a community-based healthcare provider in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Area. His community involvement deals with issues around advocacy, social justice and equity.

Prof. Laura Taylor
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Laura Taylor is an associate professor of urban ecologies and environmental planning. As a researcher in political ecology and landscape studies, she is most interested in exurbia—the rural residential countryside—where she studies the processes and discourses of landscape settlement and landscape conservation at (and beyond) the urban-rural fringe. Laura is co-editor of two books, A Comparative Political Ecology of Exurbia and Landscape: Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Change (2016) and The Ideology of Nature: Green Sprawl (2013).

Prof. Steven Tufts

Steven Tufts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at York University. His current research interests in the geographies of work and workers include investigations into labour market adjustment in the hospitality and tourism sectors, labour market integration of migrant workers, the use of strategic research by labour unions labour union renewal, the response of workers to climate change, and labour and rising populism in North America.

Prof. Temenuga Trifonova
Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Film

Prof. Trifonova explores the production of space in city films, from the street film through the city symphony, the genre-inflected city, nouvelle vague films, the global city film, the transnational ghetto film, and the franchise city film. Her other research focuses on theories of film and photography; film and philosophy; psychopathology and cinema; film criticism; contemporary American and European cinema; theories of globalization and identity; cross-cultural and cross-genre film remakes; and screenwriting.

Prof. Leah Vosko
Canada Research Chair
School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Prof. Vosko is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy at York University. She is the author of Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship and Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment. She is also the editor of Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada. Since 2001, she has overseen the collaborative Gender and Work Database-Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database project (GWD-CPD) involving co-investigators from across Europe and North America as well as Australia.

Prof. David Wiesenthal
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Prof. Wiesenthal studies driver behaviour in the urban environment.  He has published in the areas of driver stress/stress reduction, driver vengeance/aggression, driver attributional processes, cognitive processes, risk-taking and media influences on risky driving. He developed the “Driving Vengeance Questionnaire” now used internationally to gauge a motorist’s potential to commit violence against other motorists. He has recently been writing about preventing aggressive driving.

Prof. Mark Winfield 
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Mark Winfield is a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University. He is also Co-Chair of the Faculty's Sustainable Energy Initiative, and Coordinator of the Joint Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor program offered in conjunction with Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining York University Professor Winfield was Program Director with the Pembina Institute and prior to that Director of Research with the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. He has published articles, book chapters and reports on a wide range of environmental, energy, land-use and infrastructure law and policy topics. His book, Blue-Green Province: The Environment and Political Economy of Ontario was published by UBC Press in 2012.

Prof. Patricia Wood

Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Wood's research focuses on citizenship, attachment to place, diversity, and identity politics, particularly in cities. She does both contemporary and historical work in Canada, the United States and Ireland, and conducts research primarily with immigrant groups and Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on participatory, collaborative research practices. She is the author of Citizenship, Activism and the City: the Invisible and the Impossible (Routledge 2017) and Nationalism from the Margins (McGill-Queen's, 2002), co-editor of In-between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability (2011) and co-author, with Engin F. Isin, of Citizenship and Identity (Sage, 1999), and has also published in several journals, including Citizenship Studies and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Dr. Alexia Yates 
Department of History 

Dr Alexia Yates is an urban historian and a historian of economic life in modern Europe. Her first book, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital, looks at real estate development in nineteenth-century Paris, exploring the role of speculation in the development of the City of Light and the social construction of a commercialized market for real property. She is currently researching the role of French municipalities as economic, regulatory, and material agents in the construction of international financial markets during the first era of global finance. Previous to arriving at York, she held a Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and a Mellon/Newton Interdisciplinary Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Prof. Douglas Young
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Young’s current research considers the legacies of socialist and modernist urbanism in Berlin, Hanoi, and Stockholm, and the processes of suburban decline and renewal in Toronto. He is co-author (with Julie-Anne Boudreau and Roger Keil) of Changing Toronto: Governing Urban Neoliberalism (U of T Press, 2009).  He is co-editor (with Patricia Wood and Roger Keil) of In-between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability (Praxis (e) Press, 2010). He is a member of the CITY Institute’s MCRI grant.

York University Professor Emeritus

Prof. Gordon Darroch
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Darroch’s interests lie primarily in historical population studies and social history.  Until 2008 he was the York University site director of the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project, a pan-Canadian, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort to develop a set of interrelated databases centred on data from the 1911-1951 Canadian censuses. The project permits unprecedented analysis of how Canada has become one of the most urbanized nations on earth, ultimately providing a new foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural and political change. The national samples are available here and through Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centres. His most recent publication based on these data is as editor of The Dawn of Canada’s Century: Hidden Histories (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014).

Prof. Gene Desfor
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Desfor's research focuses on gaining an understanding of dynamic processes of urban change. Gene is completing a study that has been investigating Toronto's changing waterfront for the past hundred years.

Prof. George Fallis
Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts

Prof. Fallis' research focuses on public policy, particularly housing policy and public finance. He is also interested in how urban policies evolve in the larger context of the evolution of the welfare state, and in the role of cultural institutions in city development.

Prof. Bryan Massam
University Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Massam FRSC is a University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is the author of a number of academic books scholarly articles and reports on planning, environmental assessment, quality of life, the public good, economic/social/cultural rights, multi-criteria decision analysis, civil society and policy making. He also writes and publishes fiction.

Prof. Glen Norcliffe
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Prof. Norcliffe researches geographies of production in the neoliberal era and the corollaries of neoliberal transformations for cities and regions.  His research on neoliberal globalization has included studies of industrial clusters in China producing goods exported via global networks to Canada and elsewhere.  His recent book – Critical Geographies of Cycling - and a recent chapter on the re-birth of cycling in Beijing explore the intersections of neoliberal industry and culture in an urban context.  This perspective is also pursued in his exploration of neoliberal impacts on towns in mature extractive peripheries and their consequences for commodities ranging from newsprint to minerals to elite hockey players.

Prof. Gerda Wekerle
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Prof. Wekerle researches urban movements, urban growth management and sprawl, urban public policy, urban politics, gender and cities, urban agriculture and food planning. Recent publications focus on environmental movements in exurban areas, urban growth policies, regional movements, environmental governance, land trusts, bioregional citizenship, the urban security agenda and anti-terrorism, food justice movements, gender and the neoliberal city and gender planning in transportation.

CITY External Faculty Affiliates

Sutama Ghosh
Department of Geography, Ryerson University

Sutama Ghosh is an Associate Professor with a research focus on the everyday lives of immigrants in Toronto's "vertical neighbourhoods." In 2007, she received the CMHC Housing Studies Achievement Award for her doctoral dissertation, titled, "We are Not All the Same: The Differential Migration, Settlement Patterns and Housing Trajectories of Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis in Toronto". She is currently involved in the Neighbourhood Change Research Project, which focuses on understanding neighbourhood inequalities in six Canadian Metropolitan Areas, including Toronto.

Ian MacDonald
University of Montreal, School of Industrial Relations 

Ian completed a PhD in Political Science at York University in 2011. His research interests include comparative political economy,urban politics and labour geography. While at CITY, he is extending his doctoral work with a SSHRC-supported research project on organized labour’s role in local economic development and urban policy formation. The research compares trade union strategies and outcomes in New York and Toronto in various sectors and policy areas,including film, hospitality, energy, child care, and public transit. It will contribute to our understanding of how urban political economies are shaped by the interventions of organized labor, keeping to a critical register concerned with a sustainable and socially just urbanism.