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Welcome to CITY

The City Institute at York University (CITY) brings together the university’s urban scholars—faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scholars—from across the social sciences and the humanities with particular strengths in geography, environmental studies, planning, anthropology, sociology and political science. As an interdisciplinary institute, CITY facilitates critical and collaborative research, providing new knowledge and innovative approaches to comprehending and addressing the complexity of the urban arena.

The Institute also plays a vital role in developing Canada’s next generation of leaders and thinkers, with graduate and post-doctoral fellows playing a central role in the life of the Institute. CITY’s researchers have long-standing relationships with community groups, NGOs and policymakers, within Toronto, across the Greater Toronto Area, and globally.

CITY currently houses a number of research projects and hosts events, including our City Seminar series.

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Director's Message

Dear City Institute members,

Just a short note as we start the new semester to welcome everyone back to another academic year. While in an apparently continuous state of suspension, with COVID-19 still dictating our modes of interaction, we have taken the decision to continue to hold all our events online for the remainder of this semester. There may be some post-doctoral fellows and other folks occupying their offices, but we will probably not be using the study carrels...