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.
Dr. Nayrouz Abu Hatoum
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
Dr. Nayrouz Abu Hatoum recently completed her tenure as the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University for 2018/2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from York University, Toronto (on the visual and political transformations of the landscape in Palestine after the Israeli construction of the Separation Wall), where she also was a visiting scholar at The City Institute (CITY) working on theories in visual anthropology, urban politics, borders, displacement and state violence. Abu Hatoum is a founding member of Insaniyyat- Society of Palestinian Anthropologists. In August 2019, she will be joining the Sociology and Anthropology department at Concordia University as assistant professor of Urban Ethnography.
School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal
Ian MacDonald completed a Ph.D. 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.
Urban Institute, University of Manchester
Kevin Ward is a Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Manchester Urban Institute at the University of Manchester and was a Visiting Professor at The City Institute between 2017 and 2019. His current work involves rethinking what is meant by ‘the urban’ in urban politics, as elements of different places are assembled and reassembled to constitute particular ‘urban’ political realms. He has published over a 100 journal articles and book chapters, and his books include the co-authored volumes Urban Sociology, Modernity and Capitalism (Macmillan, 2002) and Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the Geographies of Labour (Sage, 2004). He is also editor of Researching the City: a Guide for Students (Sage, 2013) and co-editor of Neoliberalization: States, Networks, Peoples (Blackwell, 2007), Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age (Minnesota University Press, 2011) and Researching the City (Sage, 2013). He currently edits Urban Geography.