Our partners in government, the private sector and civil society are central to the success of this project. As a result of their involvement, we envision benefits for suburban governance, policy and planning with respect to land, infrastructure and (sub)urban everyday life experiences including improvement in economic, technical and social terms.
Our globally calibrated view allows individual partners locally to learn from experiences elsewhere. Organizations in local government, private and NGO sectors commit to in-kind support through hosting graduate students, sharing expertise, providing project space and making contributions to and collaborating on specific research projects.
Partners are involved in different roles at all stages of the project: the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will work with us on various media and documentary projects accompanying the research program; The Neptis Foundation will provide expert advice on quantitative metropolitan analysis; Toronto, Markham, urban planning firms (Urban Strategies, DIALOG), the Canadian Urban Institute, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the United Way of York Region and other local partners will participate in our “Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group”; the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will be involved in our comparative boundaries project; the Canadian Architect Magazine will assist in conceptualizing and producing our traveling exhibition; the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) are associated with our efforts in India; the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning will lend support for our European work; The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany will provide support for our workshop on governance in 2011; the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences will co-organize our workshop on infrastructure in 2014; Toronto Community Housing and HealthBridge (Hanoi) are partners in our research on social infrastructures; The Societé de Transport de Montréal is a partner in our transportation research and we will work with the Ontario Growth Secretariat for our tower renewal research.
Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) | Building Industry and Land Development Association | Canadian Urban Institute | Canadian Architect Magazine | Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences | Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) | City of Markham (Economic Development) | City of Toronto (Office of Mayor) | Dialog | Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation | Healthbridge | Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research | National Film Board of Canada | Societe de Transport de Montreal | The Neptis Foundation | Toronto Community Housing | United Way of York Region | Urban Strategies Incorporated | The Ontario Growth Secretariat (Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Government of Ontario)
The "Global Suburbanisms" Major Collaborative Research Initiative is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and York University.