Research Interests:

 

Urban Political Geography and The Politics of Planning

             Urban Space, Planning, Automobility, and Political Values

             Globalization, Development, and Planning for Urban Change

             Neighbourhood Form, Ideology, and Electoral Geography  

                        

Urban Social Polarization and Inequality

             Urban Policy, Economic Restructuring, and Neighbourhood Inequality

             Social Exclusion, Immigration and Segregation, Gated Communities

             Mortgage Markets, Household Debt, Income Flows

             Urban Social Justice

 

Urban and Suburban Development

             Metropolitan Planning, Governance, Growth and Decline, Urbanism and Suburbanism

             Urban and Suburban Planning, Transportation Accessibility, Urban Form

             Geography of Housing and Homelessness, Social Housing Redevelopment

             Gentrification, Social Mix, and Urban Revitalization Processes and Policy

 

 

 

 

Selected Publications:

 

Walks, R. Alan (2013) “Mapping the Urban Debtscape: The Geography of Household Debt in Canadian Cities”. Urban Geography. 34 (2): 153-187

 

Sellers, J.M., Kubler, D., Walter-Rogg, M., and Walks, R.A. (Eds.) (2013) The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Essex: EPCR Press (published by Columbia U Press in the US)

 

Walks, R. Alan (2013) “Suburbanism as a Way of Life, Slight Return”. Urban Studies. 50 (8): 1471-1388

 

Smith, M. and Walks, R. Alan (2013) Visible Minority Electability in Urban Local Government in Ontario. CERIS: CERIS Working Paper No. 97.

 

Walks, R. Alan (2012) Canada’s New Federal Mortgage Regulations: Warranted and Fair? Toronto: University of Toronto Cities Centre.  Cities Centre Research Bulletin #46.  

 

Walks, R. Alan (2012) “Canada’s Housing Bubble Story: Mortgage Securitization, The State, and the Global Financial Crisis”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 1-30. DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01184.x

 

Walks, R. Alan (2012) Anything But Scattered: The Proposed Sale of Toronto Community Housing’s “Scattered-Site” Housing, and Implications for Building an Inclusive Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Cities Centre/ Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, Policy Brief #2.

 

Walks, R. Alan (2011) “Economic Restructuring and Trajectories of Socio-Spatial Polarization in the Twenty-First Century Canadian City”, in Bourne, L.S., Hutton, T., Shearmur, R. and  Simmons, J. (Eds.) Canadian Urban Regions: Trajectories  of Growth and Change. 125-159

 

August, M. and Walks, R. Alan (2011) “From Social Mix to Political Marginalisation? The Redevelopment of Toronto's Public Housing and the Dilution of Tenant Organizational Power”, in Bridge, G., Butler, T., and Lees, L. (Eds.) Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth:?. London: Policy Press. 273 - 297

 

Walks, R. Alan (2010) “Bailing out the Wealthy: Responses to the Financial Crisis, Ponzi Neoliberalism, and the City”. Human Geography. 3 (3): 54-84

 

Walks, R. Alan (2010) Inequality in Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Cities Centre. Cities Centre

Discussion Paper #11.

 

Walks, R. Alan (2010) “Electoral Behaviour Behind the Gates: Partisanship and Political Participation among Canadian Gated Community Residents”. Area. 42 (1): 7-24

 

Walks, R. Alan (2010) “New Divisions: Social Polarization and Neighbourhood Inequality in the Canadian City”, in  Bunting, T.E., Filion, P. and Walker, R. (Eds.), Canadian Cities in Transition: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 170-190

 

Walks, R. Alan (2009) “The Urban in Fragile, Uncertain, Neoliberal Times: Towards New Geographies of Social Justice?”. Canadian Geographer. 53 (3): 345-356

 

Walks, R. Alan and August, M. (2008) “The Factors Inhibiting Gentrification in Areas with Little Non-market Housing: Policy Lessons from the Toronto Experience”. Urban Studies. 45 (12): 2594-2625

 

Walks, R. Alan and Maaranen, R. (2008) “Gentrification, Social Mix, and Social Polarization: Testing the Linkages in Large Canadian Cities”. Urban Geography. 29 (4): 293-326

 

Walks, R. Alan and Maaranen, R. (2008) The Timing, Patterning and Forms of Gentrification and Neighbourhood Upgrading in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver 1961 to 2001. Toronto: University of Toronto Cities Centre Research Paper 211

 

Walks, R. Alan (2008) “Urban Form, Everyday Life, and Ideology: Support for Privatization in Three Toronto Neighbourhoods”. Environment and Planning A. 40 (2):  258—282

 

Walks, R. Alan (2007) “The Boundaries of Suburban Discontent? Urban Definitions and Neighbourhood Political Effects”. Canadian Geographer. 51 (2): 160—185

 

Walks, R. Alan (2007) “From Suburbanization to Super-Regions: The Political Challenge Facing Canadian Metropolitan Areas and Their Central Cities”. Plan Canada 47 (3): 19—24

 

Walks, R. Alan (2006) “Aestheticization and the Cultural Contradictions of Neoliberal (sub)Urbanism”. Cultural Geographies. 13 (3):  466—475

 

Walks, R. Alan (2006) “The Causes of City-Suburban Political Polarization? A Canadian Case Study”. Annals    of the Association of American Geographers. 96 (2):  390—414

 

Walks, R. Alan and Bourne, L.S. (2006) “Ghetto’s in Canada’s Cities? Racial Segregation, Ethnic Enclaves and Poverty Concentration in Canadian Urban Areas. Canadian Geographer. 50 (3):  273—297.

 

Walks, R. Alan (2006) “Homelessness, Housing Affordability and the New Poverty”, in Bunting, T.E. and Filion, P. (Eds.) Canadian Cities in Transition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 419—437.

 

Walks, R. Alan (2005)  “City-Suburban Electoral Polarization in Great Britain, 1950 to 2001”. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 30 (4):  500—517

 

Walks, R. Alan (2005)  “The City-Suburban Cleavage in Canadian Federal Politics”. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 38 (2):  383—413.

 

Walks, R. Alan. (2004)  “Place of Residence, Party Preferences, and Political Attitudes in Canadian Cities and Suburbs”. Journal of Urban Affairs. 26 (3):  269 295.

 

Walks, R. Alan. (2004)  “Suburbanization, the Vote, and Changes in Federal and Provincial Political Representation and Influence between Inner Cities and Suburbs in Large Canadian Urban Regions, 1945 to 1999”. Urban Affairs Review.  39 (4):  411 – 440.

 

Bunting, T.,  Walks, R. Alan, and Filion, P. (2004). “The Uneven Geography of Housing Affordability Stress in Canadian Metropolitan Areas”. Housing Studies. 19 (3):  361-393.

 

Bunting, T. E., P. Filion, and Walks, R. Alan (2002) Households at Risk of Homelessness: Distributional Patterns within Eleven Canadian Metropolitan Regions. Report prepared for the National Secretariat on Homelessness, Government of Canada.  (249 pages)

 

Walks, R. Alan. (2001) “The Social Ecology of the Post-Fordist/ Global City? Economic Restructuring and Socio-Spatial Polarisation in the Toronto Urban Region”. Urban Studies. 38 (3):  407 - 447.

Photos: Alan Walks

Photos: Alan Walks

R. Alan Walks, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Urban Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Photos: Alan Walks

Education

 

Ph.D. 2004   University of Toronto   (Geography/Planning)

M.A.  1998   University of Waterloo  (Planning)

B.A.   1993   Dalhousie University    (International Development)

 

R.  Alan  Walks,  Ph.D.

 

Associate Professor

Department of Geography, Program in Planning

University of Toronto

3359 Mississauga Rd.

Mississauga, ON. L5L 1C6

Tel.:   (905) 828-3932  (U.T.M)

Fax.:  (905) 828-5273  (U.T.M)

 

Research Associate

Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS)

455 Spadina Ave., Suite 400

Tel.:   (416) 978-1260  (CUCS)

Email: alan walks at  utoronto   ca