To Suburbia & Beyond

Episode 3 the (Sub)urbanista Podcast features Roger Keil and his thoughts on global suburbanisms. Interviewed by Dr. Paul Maginn from the University of Western Australia, "To Suburbia & Beyond" was recorded at the 2018 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA.

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South Asian Urbanisms

A special issue on South Asian Urbanisms is now available in Economic and Political Weekly. The issue features papers from last year's South Asian Suburbanisms Workshop: Tracking Transformations in Agrarian-Urban Hinterlands of South Asia which took place February 23-25, 2017 in New Delhi, India.

The papers look at the dynamics of South Asian urbanization and how they differ from the dominant modes of suburbanisms and suburbanization in the Global North. The special issue includes the work of Shubhra Gururani (York University), Rajarshi Dasgupta (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Shruti Dubey (University of Delhi), Andrew Nelson (University of Texas), Malini Krishnankutty (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), and more.

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Springtime in the Urban Periphery!

Due to the labour disruption at York University, the following events will be cancelled.

This spring, as part of its occasional SuburbsTALK series, the MCRI Global Suburbanisms will organize three events that feature presentations by international suburban experts. The series is loosely tied to the Spring Institute in Global Suburban Studies held in May 2018 in Florence and Milan, Italy. Two of the three talks at York University are concerned with Italian suburbanization.

Following last year’s final conference of the project, the talks also speak to the general “post-suburban” re-orientation of the Global Suburbanisms initiative as it seeks to define a renewed research agenda beyond the previous conceptual and empirical areas of scholarship among the more than 50 international researchers. Three areas in particular have been highlighted for future work: Health and suburbanization; suburban infrastructures; and suburban political ecologies. An additional research area focusing on the hemispheric suburbanization in the Americas is under development.

Lorenzo De Vidovich, Politecnico di Milano
Reframing Local Welfare Through Suburbs: Tales from Italy
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm, HNES 142

Marco Facchinetti, Politecnico di Milano
Urbanizing the Regions: Master planned transformations and the change of urban shapes
Friday, March 23, 2018
11:30am - 12:30pm, HNES 038

[Please note that this presentation will be part of a classroom presentation in the Faculty of Environmental Studies]

Igal Charney, University of Haifa
Urbanizing the Edge City: The Tysons experience
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm, 764 Kaneff Tower

Spring Institute in Global Suburban Studies

Florence and Milan (Italy)

April 30 – May 11, 2018

Advanced Master’s and PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers from the University of Waterloo and York University are invited to apply for the Spring Institute in Global Suburban Studies taking place in Italy in May 2018. A limited number of participants from other institutions can be accommodated.

Financially supported by the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) on Global Suburbanisms (, the Spring Institute will bring together leading international scholars in the field of sub/urban studies from York University, the University of Waterloo, University College London, Politecnico di Milano, and the University of Florence, with early career scholars and graduate students from Canada and Italy to provide an in-depth look at suburbanization processes.


The two-week long Spring Institute, structured around the themes of global suburbanization, land, and infrastructure, will combine formal and informal opportunities to study the sub/urban landscapes of Florence and Milan. It will include thematic lectures by international experts, field trips exploring the urban centres and peripheries of Florence and Milan, as well as career building workshops for professionals and early career academics.

Speakers include:

  • Sandro Balducci, Politecnico di Milano
  • Marco Facchinetti, Politecnico di Milano
  • Valeria Fedeli, Politecnico di Milano
  • Pierre Filion, University of Waterloo
  • Roger Keil, York University
  • Ute Lehrer, York University
  • Markus Moos, University of Waterloo
  • Giancarlo Paba, University of Florence
  • Camilla Perrone, University of Florence
  • Nick Phelps, UCL
  • Iacopo Zetti, University of Florence


Advanced Master’s and PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers from the University of Waterloo and York University with an interest in sub/urban studies are invited to apply and will receive priority in the selection. Applicants from other institutions will be accommodated if there is availability. This is not a course offered for credit at York University or the University of Waterloo.


Participants are NOT required to pay a registration fee for the Spring Institute in Global Suburban Studies. The MCRI Global Suburbanisms project has a travel reimbursement fund available to Canadian students. While participants are expected to pay for their own flight and travel and subsistence costs for their stay in Italy, they can apply to have these costs partially or fully subsidized by the MCRI fund after returning to their home. The MCRI Global Suburbanisms project will also pay for accommodation to be organized by the Institute, transport between Florence and Milan, most meals, and other travel, subsistence and course-related expenses. Participants are encouraged to apply for additional travel funding from their institution.

Application process:

Please send an expression of interest (no more than 500 words) outlining your research interests, how your work relates to questions of global suburbanization, and what you hope to gain from participation in the institute.

Submissions must include your full name, email address, institutional affiliation, program, and, if you are a student, the year of your expected graduation. Please send application materials to no later than February 16, 2018.


Global Suburbanisms: Concepts, Cases and Connections in Extended Urbanization

  Urban policy and politics blog The New Spirit features the Global Suburbanisms book series and other publications that have come out of the MCRI. The book series, edited by Roger Keil and published by the University of Toronto Press, is the first major scholarly series to systematically examine worldwide developments in suburbanization and suburbanisms […]

Sh!t Is Hot up in the 6 Right Now (Drake): the Toronto School of Urban Thinking

  The International Sociological Association’s (ISA) world congress is taking place at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre July 15 to 21, 2018. Don't miss the following events! PANEL: Sh!t Is Hot up in the 6 Right Now (Drake) – the Toronto School of Urban Thinking Wednesday July 18, 2018: 8:30am-10:20am Location: 715B (MTCC SOUTH BUILDING) […]

Special Issue: Planetary Urbanization

A special issue on planetary urbanization featuring MCRI affiliated researchers is now available in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Drawing on discussions between urban scholars at the City Institute at York University and the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto, the special issues features papers from the Planetary Urbanization Workshop held […]

Lorenzo De Vidovich "Transit networks are key to smart growth in suburbs"

  Lorenzo De Vidovich, PhD Candidate in Urban Planning, Design and Policy at the Politecnico di Milano and visiting scholar at the City Institute at York University recently wrote an article in The Conversation about the Italian experience of transit infrastructure and smart growth in the suburbs. "Italy’s big cities have historically faced a mismatch […]

New Book Considers the City from its Periphery

  Roger Keils' new book, Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In was recently featured in a yFile article: "Part of an Urban Futures Series produced by the publisher, Suburban Planet is a compelling response to 20th-century Marxist philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre’s demand not to give up urban theory as the […]

This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through funding from the Major Collaborative Research Initiative “Global suburbansims: governance, land, and infrastructure in the 21st century (2010-2017).