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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 and our CITY Professional Training Program.

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Our First Event of 2024

Welcome to our new Organized Research Unit Coordinator: Ushieja De Zoysa

Peeling back the layers: Dissolution, social impacts and inequities in Peel Region

Care Blocks: The potentials and risks of a new feminist urban policy of care in Bogotá

Feminist City Writing in the Extraordinary and the Emergent: Notes from GenUrb's Delhi CRT

Divide and Displace: The Birth of Carceral Urban Planning in Montreal

Panel Discussion
Contesting Racial Banishment: Evictions and Community Resistance in Firgrove, Black Creek and Jane & Finch

CITY’s Fall 2023 Meet & Greet

Introducing the New Director of the City Institute Luisa Sotomayor

Director of The City Institute, Dr. Linda Peake closing message.

City Institute Director Linda Peake is one of the 70 York University faculty members awarded for research and artistic excellence!

Congratulations to City Institute Director Dr. Linda Peake for 2023 AAG Lifetime Achievement Honours award!

Black Diasporas Partnership with CITY Institute!

Prof. Stefan Kipfer discusses his book: Urban Revolutions: Urbanisation and (Neo-)Colonialism in Transatlantic Context.

Prof. Vidya Shah receives the 2022 OISE Mentor of the Year Award

City Institute Director Prof. Linda Peake has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Class 2022)

Darnel Harris, Executive Director of Our Greenway Conservancy and Visiting Scholar of the City Institute, receives APBP Professional of the Year (Non-Profit) Award

CITY Faculty affiliates Doug Young and the late Lisa Drummond recognized with book prize

Moving the student body: A symposium on student mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Our Greenway - Cycling Without Age

Annual General Meeting, Graduate Student Conference and training activities

CITY Institute Director Prof. Linda Peake receives 2022 EUC Dean's Research Excellence Award

CITY Institute Executive member Prof. Luisa Sotomayor receives 2022 EUC Dean's Service Award

Jessica Parish with eyeglasses brick wall behind her

CITY Visiting Scholar Jessica Parish awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Elijah smiling black shirt with white collar

Young Urban Scholar Spotlight: Elijah Leotaud, 2021 DARE winner