EUC research examines urban processes and planning in Canada and diverse contexts around the world. There is a particular focus on critical urban theory, the experiences of marginalized communities, the role of activism in shaping urban life, and health and disease in urban settings.
Specific projects examine health and well-being in urban environments, labor markets and labour organizing, the lives of immigrant communities and diasporas, marginalization along axes of class, sexuality, race, gender and ability; urban politics; education; urban infrastructure and housing; and decolonial thought and practice in urban contexts.
Representative faculty members: Ali, Bain, Basu, Flicker, Foster, Gebresselassie, Gilbert, Haritaworn, Hovorka, Keil, Kelly, Kipfer, Kusno, Lehrer, Mensah, Peake, Preston, Sotomayor, Taylor, Tufts, Wood
Professor Muna Udbi-Ali’s research interests cover diverse theoretical foci including Black studies, Black feminist studies, Black geographies, critical pedagogy, and public policy.
Professor Sarah Flicker is York Research Chair (Tier2) in Community-Based Participatory Research and engages with community stakeholder groups in health research.
Professor Abidin Kusno’s academic work draws upon a range of fields including urban studies, history, politics, cultural studies, architecture, design and geography.
Jane Lumumba is aa PhD student in Environmental Studies at York University. Prior to full time studies, Jane was the East Africa Advisor for the Commonwealth Local Government Forum based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tahmid Rouf is a third-year Ph.D. student specializing in critical human geography interested in issues of diversity, migration, urban life, diaspora, and digital technologies.
Dr. Murat Ucoglu is an EUC PhD graduate and postdoctoral fellow whose research explores urban political economies, specifically the housing market in suburban Istanbul and Toronto.