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