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SARS and the Global City: The Case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto

SARS and the Global City: The Case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The research explored the direct connection between global city formation and the way in which SARS affected the city of Toronto. Issues arising in this inquiry included how the global city network facilitated worldwide microbial traffic, and the implications for institutional governance and regulation concerning urban vulnerability and public health security. A book on Networked Disease Emerging Infections in the Global City (2010) presents original contributions by scholars from seven countries on four continents and examines the impact of globalization on future infectious disease threats on international and local politics and culture. It also employs an interdisciplinary approach to the SARS epidemic, clearly demonstrating the value of social scientific perspectives on the study of modern disease in a globalized world.

Researcher: PI: Harris Ali, Co-PI: Roger Keil

Project Theme: Urban Planning

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