Executive Committee

Zack Taylor

Zack Taylor

Director, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Taylor researches on comparative urban political economy, urban and regional planning, metropolitan governance, public finance, and public administration. His book Shaping the Metropolis (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019) examines how differences in Canadian and American political institutions produced different forms of urban governance in Canada and the United States. He is a non-practicing Registered Professional Planner in Ontario and a Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Visit faculty page

Godwin Arku

Godwin Arku

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Dr. Arku’s research broadly revolves around the local impacts and community responses to global economic, social, and political change. Specifically, his research examines transnationalism and immigrant housing experiences, impacts of economic liberalization on housing markets, local impacts and policy responses to plant closures, municipal economic development policies, and economic reforms and built environment changes. Visit faculty page

Martin Horak

Martin Horak 

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Horak’s research specializes in Canadian and comparative urban politics, with an emphasis on the dynamics of urban policy-making, multilevel governance, and the governance problems of large cities. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that explores the connections between local patterns of social interaction in cities and macro-political norms and preferences. Visit faculty page


Faculty Associates

Carol AgocsCarol Agocs

Professor Emerita, Department of Political Science
Dr. Agocs' current research examines citizen engagement in Canadian local governance.  She also writes on discrimination in employment, equality policy and implementation, and organizational change. Visit faculty page

Chris AlcantaraChris Alcantara

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Alcantara’s research examines the roots of collective action and intergovernmental cooperation in Canada, especially between Indigenous communities and the other three levels government (e.g. federal, provincial/territorial and municipal). He also writes about the importance of institutional design and the dynamics of institutional change using a variety of, conceptual, and methodological approaches. Visit faculty page

Bipasha BaruahBipasha Baruah

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues
Departments of Geography and Anthropology, Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Dr. Baruah conducts interdisciplinary research on gender, development and globalization; gender and global governance; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Her research on women and property ownership and women’s employment in renewable energy and resource efficiency has influenced policy within governments, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Baruah has 12 years of professional experience with organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, Asian Development Bank, World Resources Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute, Self-Employed Women’s Association, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Global Affairs Canada. Visit faculty page

Jamie BaxterJamie Baxter

Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)
Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Baxter is a social scientist interested in a variety of topics including: environmental risks from hazards, community responses to technological hazards, environmental inequities, environment and health, geography of health, noxious facility siting, and methodology. Visit faculty page

Neil BradfordNeil Bradford

Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Huron University College
Member, Ontario Highly Skilled Workforce Planning and Partnership Table
Dr. Bradford’s research interests focus on place-based policy and multi-level governance and he has published widely in the areas of urban and community development, inter-governmental relations, and partnerships that address economic innovation and social inclusion goals. Visit faculty page

Mike BuzzelliMichael Buzzelli

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Buzzelli’s research interest is on higher education policy, research on teaching and learning, society-space relationships with a focus on housing, health and GIS. Visit faculty page

Stephanie Frisbee

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr. Frisbee’s research focuses on the factors that affect cardiovascular health in entire communities or populations, not just individuals. She evaluates the impact of factors such as community resources, health care resources, how communities are structured, environmental factors and exposures, and policies that affect the communities in which people live. Visit faculty page

Jason GillilandJason Gilliland

Professor, Department of Geography
Director, Urban Development Program
Cross Appointment with School of Health Studies and the Department of Paediatrics
Dr. Gilliland’s research focuses on various aspects of urban planning and development, urban design, housing, transportation, children's environments, and public health in Canadian cities. His work utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and he has a particular interest in advancing urban and health applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Visit faculty page

Michael HaanMichael Haan

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Canada Research Chair in Mitigation and Ethnic Relations
Co-director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western
Dr. Haan’s research interests intersect the areas of demography, immigrant settlement, labour marker integration, and data development. He is widely consulted by provincial and federal governments for policy advice, and currently has signed Research Partnership Agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Employment and Skills Development Canada, and Statistics Canada. Visit faculty page

Bill IrwinBill Irwin

Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Huron University College
Dr. Irwin’s research centers on issues of policy, leadership, and community engagement, exploring models of program and policy evaluation, focused on qualitative evaluation, outcome and impact analysis. He looks for the interplay between institutions and community. Visit faculty page

Joe LyonsJoe Lyons

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Local Government Program
Dr. Lyons’ research interests are in the areas of local government institutions and management.  He is especially interested in special-purpose bodies and has published research comparing their performance with general-purpose governments. Visit faculty page

Adriana PrematAdriana Premat

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Premat is a social anthropologist, researching the environment, agriculture and food consumption as these intersect with poverty and sustainable development in urban settings. Along with a focus on contemporary urban agriculture initiatives taking place in Latin American and Canadian cities, she explores the ongoing redefinition of state-civil society relations, restructuring of the food system, repackaging corporate interests and the spread of environmental sensibilities in and across socialist and capitalist contexts. Visit faculty page

Leora SwartzmanLeora Swartzman

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Swartzman’s research focuses on psychological influences on physical symptom reporting, the interplay of cognitive, motivational and emotional determinants of adherence to health care regimens and on how people construe treatment options. Her interest in the Centre stems from a desire to introduce an urban policy perspective into her Community Psychology (Psych3317E) undergraduate course (which would be open to qualified Political Science students) where students apply their scholarship to help local community agencies meet their identified needs. Visit faculty page

James VoogtJames Voogt

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography
Member, Environment and Sustainability Collaborative Graduate Program
President of the International Association for Urban Climate
Dr. Voogt’s broad area of research interest is urban climatology, with a specialization in the measurement and modelling of urban surface temperatures. He is former Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Board of the Urban Environment, has served as an expert contributor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies, and was an invited participant in sessions related to urban climate and meteorology at both UN Habitat III and the Cities IPCC conference. Visit faculty page