Title/Position: PhD Student
Department/Faculty/Institution: Department of Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Utrecht University
Degree(s)/School(s): Master’s in Environmental Studies and Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies, York University
MCRI Involvement: Project Coordinator, Steering Committee member and B4: Boundaries.
Background: Sara Macdonald is the former Coordinator of the City Institute and the previous Project Coordinator of the MCRI "Global Suburbanisms" research project. She is currently working on her PhD at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Sara has her Master's in Environmental Studies from York University and her research interests include urban and regional planning, suburban growth and development and greenbelts. She has been with the City Institute since 2006.
Research Interests: urban and regional planning, suburban growth and development and greenbelt.
Publications & Presentations:
Macdonald, Sara. (February 29, 2016). "What role does the Ontario Greenbelt play in the remaking of suburban boundaries?" Blue-Green Boundaries in a Surbanizing World workshop. Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Keil, Roger and Macdonald, Sara. (2016). “Rethinking urban political ecology from the outside in: greenbelts and boundaries in the postsuburban city.” Local Environment. Online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2016.1145642
Macdonald, Sara. (February 12, 2016). “Conceptualizing the Greenbelt: Housing, Infrastructure and a Green Consciousness in Ontario and Frankfurt”. Guest lecture for ENVS 2200 Foundations of urban and regional environments: Analysis, Planning and Design. York University. Toronto ON.
Macdonald, Sara. (June 16, 2015) “‘Greenfrastructure’: The Ontario Greenbelt as urban boundary.” The Global Suburban Infrastructure Workshop, University of Waterloo, June 14-16, 2015
Keil, Roger and Macdonald, Sara (April 25, 2015). “Boundaries to suburbanization, thresholds of possibility? The emerging suburban political ecology of the Emscher Park, GruenGuertel Frankfurt and the Ontario Greenbelt.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
Macdonald, Sara. (February 13, 2015). "Looking back, planning forward: The 10th anniversary of the Ontario Greenbelt." Guest lecture of ENVS 2200. 6.0 Foundations of urban and regional environments: Analysis, Planning and Design. Professor Roger Keil (course instructor). York University. Toronto ON.
Macdonald, Sara and Keil, Roger (2012). The Ontario Greenbelt: Shifting the Scales of the Sustainability Fix? The Professional Geographer. 64(2). 1-21.
Macdonald, Sara and Keil, Roger. (April 10, 2013). "Rethinking Urban Political Ecology from the Outside In: Greenbelts and Boundaries in the Post-Suburban City". American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, California.
Macdonald, Sara and Keil, Roger. (April 4, 2013). “Boundaries, metabolisms, landscape: Post-suburban political ecologies in Toronto” SUBURBSTALKS series. Room 280A York Lanes, York University.
Keil, Roger and Macdonald, Sara. (December 14, 2012). “An Urban Perspective on the Greenbelt” Presentation to the Ontario Greenbelt Council. 777 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada.