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Douglas Young

Title/Position:  Associate Professor
Dept. of Social Science, York University Toronto
  B. Arch (University of Toronto); DiplPlanDist (AA); PhD (York)

MCRI Projects: B2: Suburban Redevelopment and Tower Renewal; B8: Everyday Suburbanisms; MCRI Steering Committee.

Background: Doug Young’s interest is in undertaking critical urban research.  His goal is to interpret empirical phenomena in ways that challenge mainstream concepts and analyses.  Underlying this approach is a belief that a progressive urban future is possible. Currently, Young’s research is in two broad areas: The first is processes of decline and renewal in post-war suburban districts. He is exploring the discursive, material and policy dimensions of those processes as well as the intersecting roles of state, market and civil society actors. This research is being undertaken in Toronto and Leipzig and is funded by the Global Suburbanisms MCRI. The second area of research is a consideration of how we live in the 21st century with the legacies of 20th century urbanisms, more specifically socialist and modernist urbanisms.  This research is a comparative study of iconic spaces in Hanoi, Berlin and Stockholm and is funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Research Interests: Processes of suburban decline and renewal; legacies of socialist and modernist urbanism; Toronto, Berlin, Hanoi, Stockholm.

Selected Publications:

(2011) Young, Douglas; Wood, Patricia Burke; Keil, Roger (eds) In-between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability. Kelowna, B.C.: Praxis (e) Press.

(2011) Young, Douglas.  Hyper-development or Nothing to Do:  Urban Planning in Toronto’s In-between City.  Public: Art/Culture/Ideas. Vol. 43 “Suburbs: Dwelling in Transition”: 76-85.

(2011) McMahon, Michael; Roger Keil and Douglas Young. In-between Infrastuctures: Imagining New Forms of Techno-social Politics in the Contemporary Canadian Metropolis. The City Institute at York University.  Occasional paper Series; Vol. 1, Issue 2.  June 14, 2011.

(2010) Young, Douglas. “Sassen, Saskia” In Hutchison, Ray (ed) Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

(2010) Young, Douglas and Keil, Roger. Reconnecting the Disconnected: the Politics of Infrastructure in the In-between City.  Cities: The International Journal of Policy and Planning. 27 (2010): 87-95.

(2009) Boudreau, Julie-Anne; Keil, Roger; and Young, Douglas.   Changing Toronto: Governing Urban Neoliberalism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

(2009) Keil, Roger and Young, Douglas. Fringe Explosions: risk and vulnerability in Canada’s New in-between urban landscape. The Canadian Geographer. Vol.53, No.4 (winter 2009): 488-499.