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João Tonucci
Center for Development and Regional Planning, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Dr. João Tonucci is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Regional Development at the Center for Development and Regional Planning (Cedeplar), Faculty of Economic Sciences (FACE), Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), and a researcher at Observatório das Metrópoles, Brazil. During 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the City Institute, York University, and since then has been collaborating closely with prof. Roger Keil.

Between 2021 and 2022 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, with an Urban Studies Foundation International Fellowship. Dr. Tonucci teaches and conducts research on critical urban studies, urban development, extended urbanization, land policy, property markets, metropolitan governance, housing informality, popular economies, urban commons, and the right to the city. He has extensive project coordination experience in urban planning and regional development, both within and outside academia, and still advises public agencies, civil society, and social movements.


Julia Fursova smiling and with eyeglasses

Julia Fursova
Community Engaged Scholar

Julia Fursova is a community engaged scholar and practitioner whose intersecting identities continuously inform approach to research and practice in the areas of immigration and resettlement, urban health equity and justice, individual and organizational learning, program evaluation, and community development. She is committed to integrating theory and practice, applying participatory methods and techniques, including arts-based, and facilitating collaborative reflection and inquiry. From 2017 to 2019, she facilitated a participatory action research focusing on the role of non-profit organizations in supporting community action for health equity and justice in the context of low-income, racialized neighborhood in Toronto, specifically in the Lawrence Heights neighborhood. Julia is currently mobilizing knowledge resulting from this research, including academic publications written in collaboration with non-academic partners, infographics prepared for funders, non-profit leaders, frontline workers, and volunteers, as well as community art featuring some of the research findings.


Sutama Ghosh

Sutama Ghosh
Department of Geography, Ryerson University

Dr. 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.


Nayrouz Abu Hatoum

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.


Ian Macdonald

Ian MacDonald
School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal

Dr. 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.


Sam Starr smiling wearing coat and blue tie

Sam Starr
Cycle Logistics Expert

Sam Starr is an electrical and systems engineer by training, and a graduate of Master of Engineering Leadership from University of British Columbia in Urban Systems. He has shifted from previous career in supply chain and logistics to sustainable urban freight and cycle logistics. In this field, he has been an independent consultant and has been very active in the global cycle logistics circles.


Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward
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.