New Member of the Urban Studies Faculty

The Urban Studies Program at Innis College is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David Roberts to its Faculty.

Alumni photoDavid is originally from Seattle. He completed his undergraduate degrees in Business and Political Science at the University of Washington. After his undergraduate degrees were completed, he worked at a shelter for homeless and refugee youth in Seattle before moving to Toronto to pursue Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Geography from the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Professor Minelle Mahtani. David’s M.A. research examined the discourses of immigration found in the Globe and Mail and linked these discourses to neoliberal policy and citizenship in Canada. His Ph.D. research focused on tensions of urban planning in South Africa. He used the 2010 World Cup as a basis for examining tensions between planning directed at social development of the post-apartheid city in South Africa versus planning designed to support the needs of a visiting tourist class. Since completing his PhD in April of 2012, David has been working as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Matti Siemiatycki in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at UofT. David’s post-doctoral work focuses on the increasing use of private financing to fund public infrastructure projects in Canada and elsewhere. David has a wide range of teaching and research interests including social justice and the city, public involvement in planning, social inequality, and questions of race and racialization. David will be starting as a Lecturer in the Urban Studies Program as of July 1, 2013. We offer David a very warm welcome.


- Richard DiFrancesco, Director