News & Events

You’re Invited to CITY's Potluck!

December 12, 2017 10:05 am : Events, News
You’re Invited to a Potluck!   Everyone is Welcome! Please RSVP to city@yorku.ca Please join us for CITY’s holiday potluck on Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 3pm (in front of 734 Kaneff Tower).   We hope to see you there! If we don’t see you, we hope you have a great holiday break and look forward more »

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Trump's plan to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem divides Israelis and Palestinians

December 12, 2017 8:26 am : News
By U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Interview with one of CITY's visiting scholars, Nayrouz Hatoum. CBC Radio -- Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will now officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. The U.S. president also said he would direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. more »

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CITY Seminar - Building Socially Just Cities with Dr. Simon Black

December 1, 2017 9:53 am : Events, News
  Building Socially Just Cities: Lessons from the Yonge Street Uprising of 1992 On May 4, 1992 in Toronto, a march against anti-Black police violence turned into a riot. The march was organized by the Black Action Defense Committee, a civil rights group, police and criminal justice system watchdog founded by members of Toronto’s Black more »

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The CityAge Toronto Conference, held on November 22nd-23rd

November 28, 2017 10:39 am : Events, News
The CityAge Toronto Conference (https://toronto.cityage.org/home), co-sponsored by York University, explored how the technology boom, population boom and investments in infrastructure can help build cities that work and contribute to an inclusive economy. The conference was held on November 22nd and the morning of November 23rd. Speakers included York University's President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and more »

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Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name

November 27, 2017 2:15 pm : Events, News
Last June Volume, a leading magazine on architecture and design, published an article on the GoogleUrbanism project. Conceived at a renowned design institute in Moscow, the project charts a plausible urban future based on cities acting as important sites for “data extractivism” – the conversion of data harvested from individuals into artificial intelligence technologies, allowing companies such more »

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Early Career Workshop in Waterloo 16-17 Nov, 2017

November 22, 2017 11:07 am : Events, News
On November 16th and 17th, the Waterloo-York Career Development Workshop in Urban Studies and Geography was held at the University of Waterloo. For the 35 PhD and Post-Doc participants, this two-day event featured panel discussions on a variety of topics from work-life balance, to academic applications and publications, and careers beyond academia. The intimate nature more »

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

October 18, 2017 10:54 am : Events, 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 : Events, News
Urban Studies students and professors with Professor Damaris Rose (INRS) on the annual field trip to Montreal (October 2017).

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CITY’s Meet and Greet 2017 and Book Launch (Oct. 13)

October 18, 2017 10:00 am : Events, News

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CITY Seminar Series 2017/18 Fridays 12:30-2pm

October 18, 2017 9:51 am : Events, News
626 Kaneff Tower Please join us for the CITY Seminar Series for 2017/18! Friday September 29, 2017 - Dr. Simon Bekker –  Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness. (2012) Simon Bekker & Göran Therborn (eds.) –  The production and chief themes of this publication and the main challenges it raises October 2017 - Dr. Kevin more »

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CITY Seminar - From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau

October 18, 2017 9:36 am : Events, News
The City Seminar An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. Karl Gardner PhD Candidate, York University From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau Karl Gardner is an organizer, educator, and student based in Toronto. He is a member of No On Is Illegal-Toronto more »

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CCSEAS/CCEASE Conference 2017: People In and Out of Place

September 27, 2017 3:24 pm : Events, News
Panels on Urbanism The 33rd Biennial CCSEAS Conference York University | Toronto | 26-28 October 2017

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CITY events with Dr. Kevin Ward

September 27, 2017 2:09 pm : Events, News

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Dr. Kevin Ward at York University

September 20, 2017 1:38 pm : Events, 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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The City Seminar: Friday, September 29

September 14, 2017 5:15 pm : Events, News
Dr. Simon Bekker Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness. (2012) Simon Bekker & Göran Therborn (eds.) –  The production and chief themes of this publication and the main challenges it raises. With an Introduction by Dr. Abidin Kusno, Director, York Centre for Asian Research more »

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Café Scientifique - Healthy Cities: Wednesday, September 20

September 14, 2017 3:46 pm : Events, News
The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with the City Institute (CITY), invite you to join us for a discussion (and refreshments) on Healthy Cities, with: Panelists: Dr. David Buckeridge, Associate Professor, McGill University Dr. Buckeridge is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal. He is also a more »

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Four Universities - Affordable Housing StudentDwellTO Project

September 13, 2017 4:16 pm : Events, 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 : Events, 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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It Ain't Business as Usual: Building a Geography of Solidarity for a New Geopolitical Order

March 31, 2017 2:33 pm : Events, News
The City Institute at York, and the Geography Departments at York University, University of Toronto – St. George, University of Toronto – Scarborough, and Concordia University invite you to a one-day alternative American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting on Friday April 7th 2017 at York University, in HNES Building, Room 140 from 9am to 5pm. more »

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CITY Launches Three New Books

March 21, 2017 7:45 pm : Events, 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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The City Institute at York University Annual General Meeting: March 17

March 10, 2017 4:09 pm : Events, News
  The City Institute at York University is pleased to invite you to our first Annual General Meeting. Time: March 17, 2017 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm Location: Room 280N York Lanes, York University.   At our inaugural AGM, we will be inviting members of the CITY Institute and those interested in being involved to come hear about the more »

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City Seminar: "Doing urban fieldwork: travelling across multiple types of borders for academic research"

March 10, 2017 4:05 pm : Events, News
Join on March 17th for a presentation by PhD students and recent graduates  as they share their personal experiences of conducting fieldwork outside of Canada. Speakers will focus on the intersections of their own fieldwork - in/on the 'urban', understood as a simultaneously physical, social and political space - with research methodology, critical urban theory more »

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

March 7, 2017 3:17 pm : Events, 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 : Events, 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 : Events, 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 : Events, 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 : Events, 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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City Seminar: “Variations on Urbanism and Planning: Johannesburg perceived from a Toronto Perspective"

February 2, 2017 8:21 pm : Events, News
Join us for a presentation from graduate students Ryan Adamson, Nabeel Ahmed, Joyce Chan, Carmen Charles, Stephen Closs, Ying Gu, Floyd Heath, Patrycja Jankowski, Victoria Moore, Assya Moustaqim- Barrette, and Orli Schwartz from Ute Lehrer's Critical Urban Planning Workshop in Johannesburg. Students will present a critical analysis of Johannesburg’s post apartheid urban development along a variety more »

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Job Posting: Coordinator at The City Institute

January 28, 2017 12:46 am : Events, 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 : Events, 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 : Events, 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 : Events, 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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