EUC research examines urban processes and planning in Canada and diverse sites around the world. There is a particular focus on critical urban analysis, the experiences of marginalized communities, and the role of activism in shaping urban life. EUC has a close relationship with York’s City Institute and is home to two large partnership grants on Urbanization, Gender and the Global South, directed by Professor Linda Peake, and Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada, directed by Professor Valerie Preston.
Professor Luisa Sotomayor is working with the City of Toronto's Shelter, Support and Housing Administration division to examine public engagement and NIMBYism in the planning of homeless shelters and services for vulnerable populations in Toronto. More broadly, her research is focused on various dimensions of urban inequality, housing, community planning, equity planning and governance in both Canada and Latin America.
Professor Roger Keil was the York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies and led a major international research program on Global Suburbanisms
Professor Alison Bain leads a research project titled Queering Canadian suburbs: LGBTQ2S place-making outside of central cities.
Professor Laura Taylor is a planner and geographer who studies the growth of cities into ‘exurbs’ and the planning conflicts it generates.