This field examines the processes that create, organize, and give life to the social environments of cities and regions, and utilizes approaches that integrate French and Anglo-American social and cultural geography research traditions.
With an emphasis on integrating analyses of social practices and cultural representations (in the media, literature, and other public discourses), this field is especially interested in the multiple dimensions of place and space contestations between individuals, groups and institutions in relation to the experience of everyday life. The interactions and relations of power between social groups in urban space, with an emphasis on minority communities, is a central concern of researchers.
Research conducted in this field addresses many contemporary theoretical and applied debates in geography, and many of the projects have direct public policy implications. The study of urban and regional processes is an important aspect of the research conducted, especially in relation to human migration, physical and social environmental quality, community politics, and socio-economic development.
Much of the research conducted examines Canadian issues, although a number of projects adopt an international perspective, especially in relation to processes of globalization.
Researchers collaborate with governmental, non-governmental, para-public and private organizations, including Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, Canadian Heritage and UNESCO Institution for Statistics.
Researchers in this field utilize a number of qualitative methods such as community studies, text and discourse analysis, and interviews, as well as various quantitative, spatial and statistical analysis techniques including GIS.
Professors associated with this field:
- Kenza Benali
- Marc Brosseau
- Huhua Cao
- Eric Crighton
- Brenda Macdougall
- Brian Ray
- Mike Sawada
- Luisa Veronis