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EUC and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Inequality results in both local and global financial and social discriminations and hinders the wellbeing of the entire planet. SDG 10 asserts that access to equal opportunities and universal inclusion will result in a more prosperous world. EUC research is committed to critical intersectional research of social determinants, such as race, gender, and class, in shaping regional and international inclusion. 

To stay or not to stay: The geographies of immigrant integration, transnationalism, and return intentions among African immigrants in Canada

While immigration is often viewed in tandem with opportunity, the global movement of people has been found to sometimes entrench existing inequalities between and within countries. Joseph Mensah is witnessing the experiences of African migrants in Canada by investigating how background information like education, marriage status, and religion influence the decision-making of African immigrants in Canada to stay or reintegrate back home. Mensah’s findings will inform both host and origin countries of migrants to create more inclusive societies with responsible and well managed immigration policies.

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Subversive Performances of Quarantine: Organizing Across Differences at the Conjuncture of Protest and Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic intensified already existing social inequalities, especially for marginalized communities. QTBIPOC (Queer and Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) advocate and researcher Jin Haritaworn pivoted their research to address the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding in Toronto in real-time. Their research examines the subversive performances of quarantine that support wellbeing within marginalized communities, promoting a safer and more inclusive society for all. 

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GenUrb – Urbanization, Gender, and the Global South: A transformative knowledge network

The collaborative research of the GenUrb partnership project, led by Linda Peake, is transforming understandings of poverty and inequality in middle-income countries. The research unites a global cohort of 40 scholars and activists who are untangling the relationships between gender, urbanization, and finance. GenUrb is actively improving lives by challenging issues vital for equity, belonging, justice, and sustainable urban development.

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Exploring the experiences of racialized residents in two Toronto neighborhoods

Park Perceptions and Racialized Realities is a community-based participatory research project that explores the experiences of racialized and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in public greenspaces. The research, led by EUC PhD candidate Nadha Hassen with Sarah Flicker,collaborated with Greenchange, Jane/Finch Centre and the St. James Town Community Co-operative. In 2021, racialized residents who participated as “resident photographers” went on to visit greenspaces to take pictures in response to prompts that considered issues such as access, safety, and wellbeing. They were able to collect over 200 photos and videos documenting their experiences and capturing racialized residents’ perceptions on issues of access, inclusivity, mental health, safety, and wellbeing resulting in a community report.

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Public” Space for Whom? Encampment Evictions, Spatio-Legal Exclusion, and Differentiated Urban Citizenships in Toronto

Farida Rady is a MES alumna researcher, writer, and artist. Rady's interests are centered on questions of agency in the city and extend to housing justice, migrations, memory, and counter-narratives. Rady explores these interests within the spectrum of academic and creative processes. This work portfolio explored the encampment eviction tactics pursued by the City of Toronto in the summer and fall of 2021 in the context of spatio-legal displacement and exclusion, carceral urban governance, and differentiated and propertied urban citizenship.

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