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Rob Shields

Title/Position:  H.M.Tory Chair and Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution
: Director, City – Region Studies Centre, Faculty of Extension, Depts. of Sociology / Art and Design  University of Alberta.
Degree(s)/School(s):  
D.Phil Sussex
E-mail:
crsc@ualberta.ca
Website:
www.ualberta.ca/~rshields

MCRI Projects: B4: Boundaries; C2: North America Research Cluster.

Background: Rob Shields’ work spans cultural theory, architecture and media studies to consider the relationships between social spaces and culture – processes of social spatialization, the governance of affect and outlook through planning and geographic spaces, and the development of cultural topologies that extend physical environments into meaningful milieux and cosmoses – Ecologies of Affect.  This intellectual project is extended alongside colleagues, students and practitioners through the public research of University of Alberta City-Region Studies Centre. It is pursued through innovation with communities and professionals, in the creation of Curb planning magazine, books such as Building Tomorrow, Places on the Margin, The Virtual and the founding of Space and Culture an international peer-refereed journal.

Research Interests: Social spaces; City-Regions; Innovation; Cultural Topology; Suburban retail spaces; Intangibles.

Selected Publications:

T. Davidson O. Park R. Shields, Eds. (2011) Ecologies of Affect. http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/press/Catalog/davidson.shtml

Curb Magazine: http://www.crsc.ualberta.ca

Cultural Topologies, Forthcoming, Sage 2012

Refer to website for other publications.