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PRESS RELEASE: David Miller Takes Key Leadership Post in C40 Cities Network

October 18, 2017 10:54 am : News
Former Mayor of Toronto and environmental leader will advance the fight against climate change in North American cities New York City, USA (04 October, 2017) – David Miller, former mayor of Toronto and celebrated climate campaigner, will join C40 Cities in the role of North America Regional Director and C40 Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action. Miller more »

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Urban Studies students and professors on their annual field trip to Montreal

October 18, 2017 10:16 am : News
Urban Studies students and professors with Professor Damaris Rose (INRS) on the annual field trip to Montreal (October 2017).

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WWF-Canada seeks new leader and thanks David Miller

October 13, 2017 12:59 pm : News
TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2017 — World Wildlife Fund Canada would like to thank David Miller for four years of conservation achievements as president and CEO, and wish him well in his new role as North America regional director and ambassador for inclusive climate action for C40 Cities, the climate leadership group of 90 of the world’s greatest cities. WWF-Canada more »

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Dr. Kevin Ward at York University

September 20, 2017 1:38 pm : News
Dr. Kevin Ward will be a visiting professor at York University over the next three years.  He will make his first visit to York University in October 2017.  Please check back for events with Dr. Ward. Dr. Kevin Ward Kevin Ward is a Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Manchester Urban Institute at more »

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Four Universities - Affordable Housing StudentDwellTO Project

September 13, 2017 4:16 pm : News
In 2015-2016, the presidents of the four Toronto universities funded and collaborated on the project StudentMoveTO in order to develop the first-ever comprehensive survey of university student travel behavior, trends and needs across seven campuses in the GTA. The four presidents’ second collaborative initiative is now underway and addresses questions around housing affordability and access more »

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“Urban commons: the city beyond the public and the private”—João Tonucci

September 13, 2017 2:08 pm : News
João Tonucci is a PhD candidate at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and former visiting scholar at the City Institute (2015). His research interests range from political economy, critical urbanism and Henri Lefebvre to planning theory, contemporary philosophy and postcolonialism. João recently completed his PhD thesis “Urban commons: the city more »

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CITY Launches Three New Books

March 21, 2017 7:45 pm : News
On March 17, 2017 after a successful inaugural AGM, The City Institute launched the following three books:   Urbanization in a Global Context edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake       Governing Cities Through Regions: Canadian and European   Perspectives edited by Roger Keil, Julie-Anne Boudreau, Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel   more »

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Call For Proposals: University Student Housing: Addressing the Affordability Challenge

March 7, 2017 3:17 pm : News
Call For Proposals: University Student Housing: Addressing the Affordability Challenge In 2015-2016, the presidents of the four Toronto universities collaborated on the StudentMoveTO initiative in order to develop the first-ever comprehensive survey of university student travel behavior, trends and needs across seven campuses in the GTA. A second collaborative initiative is now being proposed to more »

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Solidarity Statement

February 2, 2017 8:42 pm : News
Solidarity Statement The City Institute at York University strongly condemns the recent Islamophobic events of this past week, namely the US travel ban on those living in certain mainly Muslim-majority countries and the fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City. We pass on our deepest sympathies to all those targeted by more »

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New Book edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake

February 2, 2017 8:38 pm : News
Urbanization in a Global Context edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake "Urbanization in a Global Context is a contributed text that helps Canadian students understand the process of urbanization by examining cities outside Canada across the global North and South. Truly international in its approach, it emphasizes the interconnectedness of urban places and more »

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Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Support Award

February 2, 2017 8:31 pm : News
Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Support Award Request for Proposals Urban Geography will award up to $2,000 to support a seminar series, workshop, or similar event which will bring together leading scholars to focus on a cutting-edge theme within Urban Geography. The expectation is that this award will be supported by the host department and institution either more »

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Graduate Student Research Conference at York: Call for Proposals

February 2, 2017 8:27 pm : News
Graduate Student Research Conference at York: Call for Proposals Deadline: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 Dear Graduate Students: You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for Visions, Collaborations, & Transformations: The First Annual York University Graduate Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences & Humanities. This conference is a special multidisciplinary event that aims to connect participants more »

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Job Posting: Coordinator at The City Institute

January 28, 2017 12:46 am : News
Job Posting: Coordinator, The City Institute at York University (CITY) Deadline: February 3rd, 2017 Description: The Coordinator will be responsible for providing administrative support to the City Institute at York University (CITY) and CITY’s research projects. Established in 2006, the City Institute brings together the university’s urban scholars conducting both applied and theoretical research across a more »

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Creating Opportunities Summit 2017

January 24, 2017 3:46 pm : News
The City Institute assisted with a portion of the initial organization behind the 2017 Creating Opportunities Summit being held at Osgoode Hall Law School on January 26 and 27, 2017. "The purpose of the Summit is to explore local, regional and national economic development issues in Canada. Our focus will be strategies, initiatives and policies that more »

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"Transit Cities": Sean Hertel interviewed on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

January 17, 2017 6:53 pm : News
On January 12th, 2017 Sean Hertel was a panelist on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. He spoke on the subject of  "transit initiatives in Ontario, how to determine which modes of transit are needed, how to build them, and who should pay for them". The full segment can be viewed online here.

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New book edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer, and Pierre Hamel

January 17, 2017 6:51 pm : News
Governing Cities through Regions  Canadian and European Perspectives edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel 'Governing Cities Through Regions broadens and deepens our understanding of metropolitan governance through an innovative comparative project that engages with Anglo-American, French, and German literatures on the subject of regional governance. It expands the comparative angle from issues of more »

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Graduate students' experience in Johannesburg featured on yFile

November 22, 2016 7:00 pm : News
Graduate students who attended the "Africa's New Suburbanisms" workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa were featured on York University's daily news hub, yFile. The article detailed their experiences preparing for and attending the workshop. Read the full article here.

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Switching Tracks with Roger Keil and Sean Hertel

September 27, 2016 5:42 pm : News
In this presentation Roger Keil and Sean Hertel talk about Toronto’s systemic segregation, the difference between equality and equity, transit equity, the Metrolinx $50 billion dollar plan to counteract structural inequities, as well as tools and methods to bring about equity. Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/170661547?ref=tw-share

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How transit hubs can spur dense development

August 2, 2016 8:25 pm : News
Roger Keil provides insight into transit hubs in the Globe and Mail article, "How transit hubs can spur dense development." “We need to build out these hubs as more than just classical bedroom communities, with some bike paths and a yoga studio attached. That’s not going to cut it,” says Roger Keil, York University research more »

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Transit equity article in the Ontario Planning Journal

June 28, 2016 7:16 pm : News
Michael Collens and Sean Hertel have published an article in the July/August issue of the Ontario Planning Journal called "Public Transit and the Public Good." You an access it here if your have a membership.

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Forget downtowns and suburbs: the 'in-between cities' are where it's at

June 26, 2016 10:04 pm : News
Jim Brown from CBC radio's 180 talks to MCRI principal investigator, Roger Keil, about the "in-between city." Click here to listen to the broadcast.

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MCRI researcher in the media

June 14, 2016 6:23 pm : News
MCRI researcher Roger Keil has been quoted in two recent articles on the suburbs: Ahmed-Ullah, Noreen. (June 3, 2016). "How Brampton, a town in suburban Ontario, was dubbed a ghetto." The Globe and Mail. To view article click here. “It’s an interesting case because you have this clustering and clumping of particular people through market more »

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“Challenging Traditional Notions of Property in Land Use Planning”

May 18, 2016 7:30 pm : Events, News
Interdisciplinary Workshop, York University June 9-10, 2016 This workshop, supported by Osgoode Hall Law School and The City Institute at York University, is aimed at early career scholars in law, geography, urban studies and other cognate disciplines.  The goal of the workshop is to rethink, challenge, and critique ‘traditional’ forms of property, in theory and more »

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City Institute urban planning fellow Sean Hertel on Toronto's suburbs

May 18, 2016 4:04 pm : News
Sean Hertel, urban planning fellow with the City Institute at York University was featured in Metro Toronto's article, "Provincial changes could help 'retrofit' the suburbs for coming population booms." “People may love to hate the suburbs, but whether you like them or not, most of the population and job growth in Toronto is happening in more »

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CITY@10: A Decade of Research Excellence

April 19, 2016 8:03 pm : Events, News
Happy Birthday, City Institute at York University! The York University research centre, known to its associates by its short name “CITY”, celebrated its tenth year of achievement on April 5 with well-wishers from near and far. Since then, CITY has become an internationally recognized research centre, facilitating critical, interdisciplinary and collaborative urban research, public policy more »

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StudentMoveTO Survey in the Media

April 12, 2016 7:07 pm : News
Cities Within the City (The Agenda, TVO) They run four of the most important universities in the country. They are all located in Ontario's capital city. They all compete for students. But they also work together to improve the educational experiences of the more than 200,000 students, faculty, and staff they serve and employ. The more »

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Murat Ucoglu: Faculty of Environmental Studies PhD Candidate Publishes Article in CITYLAB

March 8, 2016 6:46 pm : News
Murat Ucoglu, a PhD Candidate within the Faculty of Environmental Studies has recently published a short piece on his current research on real estate in Istanbul titled "Istanbul's Suburban Dream is Fueled by Debt" in CITYLAB. To view this article please follow the hyperlink. "A booming economy in Istanbul has resulted in rise of consumers borrowing large sums more »

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The Jane-Finch TSNS Task Force Community Response to the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy Report

February 23, 2016 4:43 am : News
The Jane-Finch TSNS Task Force Community Response to the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy: What Neighbourhood Improvement Looks Like From the Perspective of Residents in Jane-Finch In January 2015, the CITY Institute was invited by members of the Jane-Finch community to join a Jane/Finch community-led response to the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (TSNS). The TSNS is more »

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YORK UNIVERSITY RESEARCH POINTS THE WAY TO A MORE EQUITABLE TRANSIT FUTURE FOR THE GREATER TORONTO AND HAMILTON AREA

February 2, 2016 7:08 pm : News
TORONTO – FEB. 2, 2016 - In the fast-growing, complex and diverse Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, transit discussions rarely focus on improving access for the greatest number of people and addressing the complex needs of the public. As plans are made, money is spent, routes are plotted and fare schedules are set, “transit equity” more »

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New Article: Lisa Drummond - Inside Hanoi's gated communities

January 23, 2016 7:56 pm : News
Lisa Drummond,  Department of Social Science, and former post CITY doctoral fellow, Danielle Labbe are quoted in the article titled "Inside Hanoji's gated communities: elite enclaves where even the air is cleaner". As quoted by The Guardian "The rapid growth of Vietnam’s super-rich means multi-billion dollar developments are rising across this ancient city, separating the more »

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We regret to announce the passing of Andrea Gabor (Partner, Urban Strategies)

January 13, 2016 8:18 pm : News
The City Institute community is saddened by the news of the passing of Andrea Gabor. Andrea (Andi), a longtime partner at the planning firm Urban Strategies, was a member of the City Institute’s External Advisory Board since its inception. Her highly influential work earned her widespread respect in the planning community and beyond. Those who more »

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Metro Morning News: Featuring Professor Carl James

November 25, 2015 7:23 pm : News
Listen now to Professor Carl James' audio podcast on Black Youth in Peel now from Metro Morning News on the CBC.   Professor Carl James is a Professor in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University and is the Director for the York Centre for Education and Community. Moreover is he associated with CITY, The City more »

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SSHRC’s Impact Award: Professors Susan McGrath and Stephen Gaetz

November 25, 2015 5:26 pm : News
York University Professors Susan McGrath and Stephen Gaetz have been recognized by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Professors McGrath and Gaetz are the recipients of the SSHRC’s prestigious Impact Awards. Click here to read the entire article featuring both professors and providing background on their research. The annual Impact Awards more »

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Lecture with Ute Lehrer "Urbanism, Public Space and the Condominiums: Between Dark Age and the Good Society

November 10, 2015 6:44 pm : Events, News
                                    The international graduate PhD program “The World in the City,” run by a consortium of universities from Berlin, New York, and Toronto, is having its annual meeting in Toronto November 19-21, 2015. The topic of the meeting more »

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New Article Featuring Dr. Stephen Gaetz

November 5, 2015 3:12 pm : News
Published on Sunday October 25, 2015 the The Star published an article featuring Dr. Stephan Gaetz. Titled "Youth homelessness not just a downtown Toronto issue" speaks on the growing issue of homelessness outside the Toronto boundary. Dr. Gaetz is a faculty member at the City Institute (CITY) and the Faculty of Education at York University. more »

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New Article Featuring Alison Bain

October 24, 2015 3:36 pm : News
Published on Wednesday October 21st,2015 the article titled "Organized Research Unit welcome new and returning directors" features our current acting Director Alison Bain. Spend some times and take a look at the York University's Daily News article.

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Darren Patrick in Bologna

October 21, 2015 3:38 pm : News
Darren Patrick, a resident at the CITY Institute PhD Student competing his doctorates degree through the Faculty of Environment Studies shares his experience in Bologna on the latest evocation threatens to whitewash the red city's political legacy. Please take some time to review Darren Patrick and his experience. Darren Patrick is an academic, transnational activist, a member of Laboratorio more »

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Global Suburban Infrastructure Presentations

October 7, 2015 3:41 pm : News
Between June 14th - 16th, 2015  a Global Suburban Infrastructure Workshop took place at the University of Waterloo. Panelists included Pierre Filion, Roger Keil, Jean Andrey, and Clarence Woudsma. Please take some time to watch the entire workshop presentation upload online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz2Q7gETX3o&index=6&list=PLZn5DvgmoJ1MZaLjWV2Ivtrofex-WX8LW

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City Institute: Career Development Workshop in Urban Studies

October 7, 2015 2:16 pm : Events, News
We invite applicants for a 2-day career development workshop for early career urban studies scholars to be held on Thursday, November 12th and Friday November 13th, 2015, at York University. The workshop is an opportunity to consider the career development issues of most relevance to those contemplating a job search in urban studies and related more »

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Recently released articles from CITY Scholars

September 17, 2015 6:29 pm : News
Volume 39, Number 3, May 2014, ISSN 0309-1317 Entanglements of Periphery and Informality in Mexico City Authors: Liette Gilbert and Feike De Jong Abstract - Mexico City is a well-known case of urban expansion. Most of the growth has been in its peripheries, occurring during two phases of housing privatization: a predominantly self-built urbanization by more »

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Watch: Ute Lehrer on Waterfront Redevelopment (CTV News)

June 2, 2015 8:10 pm : News
Professor Ute Lehrer recently spoke to CTV News regarding the speed of development in the Port Lands area of Toronto. To watch the entire video clip, please click the associated link  here.

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Graduate Student Exchange: Frankfurt 2015-2016

April 1, 2015 5:47 pm : News
Graduate Student Exchange Frankfurt 2015 – 2016   The City Institute at York University and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies in cooperation with FES and the Department of Geography offer one or two study abroad opportunities to spend one or two semesters during the 2015-16 academic year at the Department of Human more »

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New Report on Transit Equity in Toronto

March 27, 2015 4:12 pm : News
Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group coordinators Sean Hertel and Roger Keil, in collaboration with MES student Michael Collens, have just released a report on transit equity and justice in Toronto. This report, based on research funded by Ontario’s regional transportation agency Metrolinx, that can be downloaded in its entirety below provides a survey of existing more »

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Cancelled - City Seminar: Unearthing the Other Stories (March 6)

February 25, 2015 6:49 pm : Events, News

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Yes, We Can Afford to Plan for Smarter Growth and Better Housing

February 13, 2015 5:54 pm : News
MCRI researchers Markus Moos, Pierre Filion, Roger Keil, and Alan Walks collaborate with University of Waterloo researchers Jeff Casello, Laura Johnson, and Maxwell Hartt to look at a range of factors that are responsible for escalating housing prices in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Click here for the full Huffington Post article.    

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Toronto City Walks

January 21, 2015 8:53 pm : Events, News
CITY invites you to attend our first Toronto City walks of the year. Started last year, City Walks are a great opportunity to meet new people who are interested in knowing more about the city we live in. This year will start with a dim sum lunch and, in the following months, park walks through more »

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Roger Keil Awarded York Research Chair

January 14, 2015 8:35 pm : News
Congratulations is in order for Roger Keil on being awarded a York Research Chair. From yFile: Ten emerging and established researchers from across the University have been appointed York Research Chairs. The appointments are the first in a new program established to build, support and intensify the world-renowned research under way at the University. “I more »

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Watch: Flexible City Symposium

December 8, 2014 4:15 pm : Events, News

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New Publication: Suburban Governance. A Global View

December 2, 2014 9:52 pm : News
Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil have released their new assemblage of essays by leading scholars on suburban governance. For more information and to purchase the book, check it out on the publishers website. Here's some endorsements: “Suburban Governance is a landmark volume for the consolidation of global urban studies, making an important contribution to a new more »

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Call for Manuscripts and Proposals: Global Suburbanisms

November 18, 2014 10:14 pm : News
A NEW BOOK SERIES WITH UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS ROGER KEIL (EDITOR) About the Series: Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, crucially, suburbanization now dominates 21st century urban development. Suburbanization is defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes more »

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