In 1992, the Bank of Montreal established a Women's Studies Scholars Program at the University of Ottawa to encourage research that would have direct positive impacts for women.

Bank of Montreal visiting scholar in women's studies for the academic year 2019-2020

In 1992, the Bank of Montreal established a Women's Studies Scholars Program at the University of Ottawa to encourage research that would have direct positive impacts for women. Since that time, the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies has conducted an annual competition offering the opportunity to a feminist researcher having completed her or his Ph.D. to pursue his or her studies in an interdisciplinary, multicultural and bilingual environment, while sharing the research results with the university community.

The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies is pleased to announce that  Dr. Carolyn Whitzman  has been selected as the 2019-2020 Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies. 

Dr. Carolyn Whitzman

Professor Whitzman is the author, co-author or editor of five books related to ‘the right to the city’ in both a contemporary and historical perspective.  These include Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Routledge, 2013); Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (UBC Press, 2009), and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: Practical Planning Tools (Earthscan, 2008).  She is also the author or co-author of over 50 book chapters, articles and published conference presentations on affordable housing, children’s independent mobility, women’s safety, and disability rights.  She frequently provides policy advice to local, state and national government and to the UN, including addressing the plenary at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in September 2016.

While at the University of Ottawa, she is undertaking Canadian-based research on scaling up women’s housing, and is working with the nascent Canadian Housing Research Centre hub.  She is also putting the finishing touches on her new book, Clara Ford’s Stories: race, gender and murder in 19th century Toronto (Cormorant Books, spring 2020). 

Recent presentations and articles on affordable housing:

Scaling up Affordable and Social Housing through Partnerships and Planning Tools” – Canadian Housing Research Network Hub presentation, UOttawa, July 17, 2019 

Can the federal government provide ‘a place to call home’ for all Canadians?” – Impact Canadian election series, October 2, 2019 https://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/news/can-federal-government-provide-place-call-home-all-canadians-carolyn-whitzman

What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada” – The Conversation, October 31, 2019 

Push – Panel on Housing Rights” – Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing; Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, Canadian Housing Renewal Association; Professor Carolyn Whitzman – University of Ottawa November 4, 2019 

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Dr. Carolyn Whitzman