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The City Institute at York University is the home of several funded research projects. These projects have been developed by members of the Institute and are housed in the CITY offices. Inquiries about these projects and their results can be directed either at the researchers directly or at

Toronto the Better
Principal Investigator: Patricia Wood (EUC)
Digital Urbanism and the Challenge of Urban Governance (DIG_URBGOV)
Principal Investigators: Constance Carr (CITY Visiting Scholar), Markus Hesse (University of Luxembourg)
Funding: The Urban Studies Group of the Institute of Geography & Spatial Planning, UL and the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Commission
Toronto-Universities Network (TUN)
Principal Investigator: Joe Mihevc (Visiting Professor)
‘More than Borrowing’: Libraries Enabling Inclusion in the Smart City
Principal Investigator: Teresa Abbruzzese (Urban Studies)
Libraries as Sites of Care and Maintenance in the Smart City
Principal Investigator: Teresa Abbruzzese (Urban Studies)
DARE Recipient: Tony Riley
Funding: Dean's Award for Research Excellence (DARE)
Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century
Principal Investigator: Roger Keil (EUC)
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Policy Levers to Close Suburban Transportation Equity and Public Benefit Gaps in the Toronto Region
Researchers: Roger Keil (EUC), Sean Hertel (Urban Planning Consultant) and Michael Collens (Masters of Environmental Studies Candidate, York University)
Mobilizing New Urban Structures to Increase the Performance and Effect of R&D in Universities and Beyond
Researchers: Roger Keil (York University), Kris Olds (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Jean-Paul Addie (York University)
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Comparing Metropolitan Governance in Transatlantic Perspective: Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Frankfurt
Researchers: Roger Keil (York University), Stefan Kipfer (York University) , Julie-Anne Boudreau (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique), and Pierre Hamel (Universite de Montreal)
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Socialist Cities in the 21st Century: Modernist Legacies and Contemporary Urban-Policy Making
Researchers: Douglas Young (York University), Lisa Drummond (York University), Uwe Altrock (Universitat Kassel) and Eric Clark (Lund University)
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Placing Labour in the New Urban Economy
Principal Investigator: Ian MacDonald (York University, Cornell ILR)
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Addressing Gendered Insecurities In The Urban Global South
Principal Investigator: Linda Peake
Funding: International Social Science Council, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK through the Newton Fund, National Research Foundation of South Africa
In-Between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability
Researchers: Roger Keil, Engin Isin (Canada Research Chair), Patricia WoodDouglas Young
Funding: Infrastructure Canada
Canadian Cities on the Edge: Reassessing the Canadian Suburb
Researchers: Roger Keil, Patricia Wood, Richard Harris (McMaster University)
Social Sustainability, Diversity and Public Space in Three Canadian Cities
Researchers: Barbara Rahder, Ranu Basu, Liette Gilbert, Susan McGrath, Patricia Wood
Urbanity, Culture and the Law: Reassessing the Global City (a multimedia book)
Editors: Peer Zumbansen (Canada Research Chair), Patricia Wood
The Visible City Project + Archive
Researcher: Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair
Environmental Governance and Planning of Urban Infrastructure
Researcher: Jochen Monstadt
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Hard Shells - Soft Services: Mobilizing Knowledge for Housing and Social Health
Researchers: Ute Lehrer, Thorben Wieditz
Funding: Knowledge Mobilization Unit, York University
Producing Spaces of Urban Nature
Researchers: Mark Whitehead (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Roger Keil (York University)
Funding: British Academy Small Research Grant
The City in the New Millenium: An International and Comparative Perspective
Researchers: Roger Keil, Shelley Hornstein
Funding: Internationalization Grant from the Office of the Vice-President Academic and the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, York International, York's Centre for German & European Studies, Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada
Environmental Justice
Researchers: Melissa Ollevier and Erica Tsang
Making Immigrant Neighbourhoods in Miami's and Toronto's In-between Cities
Researchers: Roger Keil (York University), Stephanie Del Campo, Jan Nijman (University of Miami)
Urban Sustainability and Environmental Research in Canada: Prospects for Overcoming Disciplinary Divides?
Researchers: Michael McMahon and Richard Oddie
Funding: Oliver Coutard, Directeur adjoint, Laboratoire, Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés, for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
The Policing View: Body Worn Cameras, Surveillance and the Question of Police Accountability
Principal Investigator: Amanda Glasbeek
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada