Alan Walks , Associate Professor

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Home Campus:
U o f T Mississauga

PhD:
PhD University of Toronto (2004)

Other Degrees:
MA (Planning) University of Waterloo (1998)
BA Dalhousie University (1993)

Contact Information:

Phone:     (905) 828-3932
Location: Room SB2113E (UTM)
Downtown Office: Room SSH5023 (100 St. George Street)
Email:     alan.walks@utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/walks

Research Interests:

  • Urban Economic Restructuring and Social Polarization
  • Urban Policy and Neighbourhood Inequality
  • Neighbourhood Effects and Political Ideology
  • Politics of Automobility
  • Urban Debtscapes
  • Electoral Geography
  • Gentrification
  • Gated Communities

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Walks, Alan (accepted/forthcoming) “The political economy of securitization and the neoliberalization of housing policy in Canada”. Environment and Planning A.
  • Siemiatycki, M., Smith, M., and Walks, Alan (Accepted/ Forthcoming) “The Politics of Bicycle Lane Implementation: The Case of Vancouver’s Burrard Street Bridge”. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
  • Rosen, G. and Walks, Alan. (Forthcoming) “Castles in Toronto’s Sky: Condo-ism as UrbanTransformation”. Journal of Urban Affairs. (53 pages)
  • Siemiatycki, M., Smith, M., and Walks, Alan (Forthcoming) “The Politics of Bicycle Lane Implementation: The Case of Vancouver’s Burrard Street Bridge”. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. (22 pages)
  • Walks, Alan 2014. (online) “Stopping the ‘War on the Car’: Neoliberalism, Fordism, and the Politics of Automobility in Toronto”. Mobilities. 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2014.8805063
  • Walks, Alan 2014. “From Financialization to Urban Socio-Spatial polarization? Evidence from Canadian Cities”. Economic Geography. 90 (1): 33-66
  • Walks, Alan 2014. “Gated Communities, Neighbourhood Selection and Segregation:Residential Preferences and Demographics of Gated Community Residents in Canada”. Town Planning Review. 85 (1): 39-66
  • Walks, Alan 2014. “Canada’s Housing Bubble Story: Mortgage Securitization, The State, and the Global Financial Crisis”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 38 (1): 256-284
  • Rosen, G. and Walks, Alan 2013. “Rising Cities: Condominium Development and the PrivateTransformation of the Metropolis”. Geoforum. 49:160-172
  • Walks, Alan 2013. “Suburbanism as a Way of Life, Slight Return”. Urban Studies. 50 (8): 1471-1388.
  • Walks, Alan 2013. “Mapping the Urban Debtscape: The Geography of Household Debt in Canadian Cities”. Urban Geography. 34 (2): 153-187
  • Walks, Alan 2010. “Bailing Out the Wealthy: Responses to the Financial Crisis, Ponzi Neoliberalism, and the City”. Human Geography.  3 (3): 54 – 84
  • Walks, Alan 2010.  “Electoral Behaviour Behind the Gates: Partisanship and Political Participation among Canadian Gated Community Residents”. Area.  42 (1): 7-24  
  • Walks, Alan 2009.  “The urban in fragile, uncertain, neoliberal times: towards new geographies of social justice? ”. Canadian Geographer.  53 (3): 345-356
  • Walks, Alan, and August, M. 2008.  “The Factors Inhibiting Gentrification in Areas with Little Non-Market Housing: Policy Lessons from the Toronto Experience ”. Urban Studies.  45 (12): 2594-2625
  • Walks, Alan and Maaranen, R. 2008. “Gentrification, Social Mix and Social Polarization: Testing the Linkages in Large Canadian Cities”. Urban Geography. 29 (4): 293-326
  • Walks, Alan. 2008. “Urban Form, Everyday Life, and Ideology: Support for Privatization in Three Toronto Neighbourhoods”. Environment and Planning A.  40 (2): 258-282
  • Walks, Alan. 2007. “The Boundaries of Suburban Discontent? Urban Definitions and Neighbourhood Political Effects”. The Canadian Geographer. 51 (2): 160 – 185.
  • Walks, Alan 2007. “From Suburbanization to Super-Regions: The Political Challenge Facing Canadian Metropolitan Areas and their Central Cities.  Plan Canada.  47 (3): 19 – 24
  • Walks, Alan. 2006. “The Causes of City-Suburban Polarization of the Vote? A Canadian Case Study”.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 96 (2): 390 – 414
  • Walks, Alan, and Bourne, L.S. 2006. “Ghettos in Canadian Cities? Racial Segregation, Ethnic Enclaves & Poverty Concentration in Canadian Urban Areas”. Canadian Geographer. 50 (3): 273-297
  • Walks, Alan  2006. “Aestheticization and the Cultural Contradictions of Neoliberal (sub)Urbanism”. Cultural Geographies. 13 (3): 466-475 (Review Essay)
  • Walks, Alan. 2005. “City-Suburban Political Polarization in Great Britain, 1950 – 2001”. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 30 (4):  500 – 517.
  • Walks, Alan. 2005. “The City-Suburban Cleavage in Canadian Federal Politics”. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 38 (2): 383 – 413
  • Walks, Alan. 2004.  “Place of Residence, Party Preferences, and Political Attitudes in Canadian Cities and Suburbs”. Journal of Urban Affairs.  26 (3). 269 – 295.
  • Walks, Alan. 2004.  “Suburbanization, the Vote, and Changes in Federal and Provincial Political Representation and Influence between Inner Cities and Suburbs in Large Canadian Urban Regions, 1945 to 1999”. Urban Affairs Review.  39 (4). 411 – 440.
  • Bunting, T.,  Walks, Alan, and Filion, P. 2004.  “The Uneven Geography of Housing Affordability Stress in Canadian Metropolitan Areas”. Housing Studies. 19 (3). 361-393.
  • Walks, Alan. 2001) “The Social Ecology of the Post-Fordist/ Global City? Economic Restructuring and Socio-Spatial Polarisation in the Toronto Urban Region”. Urban Studies. 38 (3).  407 – 447.

Book Chapters

  • Walks, Alan (Forthcoming)  “Driving Cities: Automobility, Neoliberalism and Urban Transformation”, Chapter 1 in Walks, A. (Ed.) Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility. London: Routledge.
  • Walks, Alan Forthcoming)  “Driven into Debt? Automobility and Financial Vulnerability”, Chapter 4 in Walks, A. (Ed.) Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility. London: Routledge.
  • Walks, Alan and Tranter, P. (Accepted/ Forthcoming)  “Driving Mobility, Slowing Down the Poor: Effective Speed and Unequal Motility”. Chapter in 7 in Walks, A (Eds.) Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility. London: Routledge.
  • Walks, Alan (Forthcoming)  “Driving the Vote? Automobility, Ideology and Political Partisanship”, Chapter 11 in Walks, A. (Ed.) Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility. London: Routledge.
  • Walks, Alan,  Siemiatycki, M., and Smith, M. (Forthcoming)  “Political Cycles: Promoting Velomobility in the Auto-Mobile City”, Chapter 13 in Walks, A. (Ed.) Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility. London: Routledge.
  • Rosen, G. and Walks, Alan (Forthcoming)  “Beyond Gating: Condo-ism as New Way of Urban Life”. Chapter in Bagaeen, S. and Uduku, O. (Eds.) Beyond Gated Communities: Urban Gating and Soft Boundaries. London: Routledge
  • Walks, Alan ( Forthcoming)  “Growing Divisions: Inequality, Neighbourhood Poverty, and Homelessness in the Canadian City”. Chapter in Filion, P. and Moos, M. (Eds.) Canadian Cities in Transition, 5th Edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Walks, Alan. (Forthcoming) “Gentrification, Social Mix, and the Immigrant-Reception Function of Inner-City Neighbourhoods: Evidence from Canadian Globalizing Cities”.  Chapter in K. Good, P. Triadafilopoulos, and L. Turgeon, (Eds.), Segmented Cities: How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Walks, Alan 2013.  “The Changing Political Ecology of Metropolitan Britain”. Chapter 4 in Sellers, Kubler, Walter-Rogg, and Walks (Eds.) The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Colchester, UK/ New York, USA: ECPR/Columbia University Press. pp 129 – 164
  • Walks, Alan 2013.  “Metropolitan Political Ecology and Contextual Effects in Canada”. Chapter 3 in Sellers, Kubler, Walter-Rogg, and Walks (Eds.) The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Colchester, UK/ New York, USA: ECPR/Columbia University Press.  pp 187 – 128
  • Sellers, J., and Walks, Alan 2013.  “Introduction: The Metropolitanization of Politics”. Chapter 1 in Sellers, Kubler, Walter-Rogg, and Walks (Eds.) The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Colchester, UK/ New York, USA: ECPR/Columbia University Press. pp 1-36
  • Sellers, J., Keublar, D., Walks, Alan, and Walter-Rogg, M. 2013.  “Conclusion: Metropolitan Sources of Political Behaviour”. Chapter 13 in Sellers, Kubler, Walter-Rogg, and Walks (Eds.) The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Colchester, UK/ New York, USA: ECPR/Columbia University Press. pp 425 – 484
  • Walks, Alan 2011. “Economic Restructuring and Socio-Spatial Polarization in the 21st Century Canadian City”. Chapter in Hutton, T., Shearmur, R. et al.  (Eds.) Canadian Urban Regions: Trajectories of Growth and Change.  Oxford University Press. 125-159 
  • August, M. and Walks, Alan. 2011. “From Social Mix to Political Marginalization? The Redevelopment of Toronto’s Regent Park and the Dilution of Tenant Organizational Power”. Chapter 15 in  G. Bridge, T. Butler, and L. Lees. (Eds) Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth? London: Policy Press. 273-297
  • Bourne, L.S. and Walks, Alan 2011. “Segregation: An Inquiry”. Chapter 39 in J.A. Agnew, and J.S. Duncan (Eds.), The Companion to Human Geography. London: Wiley-Blackwell. 534-546 
  • Walks, Alan 2010. “New Divisions: Social Polarization and Neighbourhood Inequality in the Canadian City”. Chapter 10 in Bunting, T.E. and Filion, P. (Eds.)  Canadian Cities in Transition, 4th Edition. Oxford University Press. 
  • Bourne, L.S. and Walks, Alan 2010. “Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century City” Chapter in Bunting, T.E. and Filion, P. (Eds.)  Canadian Cities in Transition, 4th Edition. Oxford U. Press. 
  • Walks, Alan. 2006. “Homelessness, The New Poverty, and Housing Affordability”, in T.E. Bunting and P. Filion (Eds.), Canadian Cities in Transition, 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford U Press. 419 – 437.

Books

  • Walks, Alan (Ed.) (Forthcoming) Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics: The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility. London: Routledge (15 Chapters)
  • Sellers, J., Kubler, D., Walter-Rogg, M. and Walks, Alan (Eds.) 2013. The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Colchester, UK: ECPR Press (New York: Columbia University Press, in USA) (14 Chapters)

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces