André Sorensen, Professor

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Home Campus:
U of T Scarborough

PhD:
London, UK (1998)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 287-5607
Location: Room B350 (UTSC)
Downtown Office: Room SSH5022 (100 St. George Street)
Email:     sorensen@utsc.utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~sorensen/Home.html

Research Interests:

  • Urban geography
  • Urban form
  • Planning history and theory
  • Property institutions
  • Land development
  • Suburbs
  • International comparison
  • Transit policy analysis

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Sorensen, A. 2014. “Taking Path Dependence Seriously: A historical institutional research agenda for planning history” Planning Perspectives, Published online February 2014
  • Sorensen, A. 2011. “Evolving Property Rights in Japan: Patterns and Logics of Change”. Urban Studies 48(3) 471-491
  • Sorensen, A. 2011. “Uneven processes of institutional change: Path dependence, scale, and the contested regulation of urban development in Japan.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 35(4) 712-734
  • Sorensen, A. and L. Sagaris 2010. “From Participation to the Right to the City: Democratic place management at the neighbourhood scale in comparative perspective.” Planning Practice and Research. 25(3) 297-316
  • Sorensen, A. 2010. “Land, property rights and planning in Japan: institutional design and institutional change in land management.” Planning Perspectives 25(3): 279-302.
  • Sorensen, A., S. Fujii, J. Okata 2010. ‘Urban Renaissance as Intensification: Deregulation and the Rescaling of Place Governance in Tokyo’s High-rise Building Boom” Urban Studies 47(3): 556-584.
  • Sorensen, A. 2009. “Neighborhood Streets as Meaningful Spaces: Claiming Rights to Shared Spaces in Tokyo.” City & Society 21(2): 207-229.
  • Sorensen, A. 2007. ‘Liveable Cities in Japan: Population ageing and decline as vectors of change’ International Planning Studies Vol. 11 No.3/4 pp. 225-242
  • Sorensen, A. 2006. ‘Challenges for regional Cities in Japan’ Contribution to Interface section, Planning Theory and Practice Vol. 7 No. 4 pp. 470-475
  • Sorensen, A. 2003. ‘Building World City Tokyo: Globalization and Conflict over Urban Space’ Annals of Regional Science, Vol. 37 No. 3 pp. 519-531
  • Sorensen, A. 2003. “Megalopolitan Development and the Transformation of Rural Japan: Sustainability Implications of Extended Metropolitan Regions in Asia” S. Sassen, (ed.) Human Settlement Development section, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) Paris: UNESCO 17 pages
  • Sorensen A. 2001. “Building Suburbs in Japan: Continuous unplanned change on the urban fringe”  Town Planning Review Vol. 72 No. 3 pp. 247-273
  • Sorensen A. 2001. ‘Urban Planning and Civil Society in Japan: The Role of the Taisho Period Home Ministry in Japanese Urbanisation and Planning”  Planning Perspectives Vol. 16 No. 4 pp. 383- 406
  • Sorensen A. 2001. “Subcentres and Satellite Cities: Tokyo’s 20th Century Experience of Planned Polycentrism” International Journal of Planning Studies Vol.  6 No. 1 pp. 9-32
  • Sorensen A. 2000. “Land Readjustment and Metropolitan Growth: an Examination of Suburban Land Development and Urban Sprawl in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area”, Progress in Planning Vol. 53 No. 4 pp. 1-113
  • Sorensen A. 2000. Conflict, Consensus, or Consent: Implications of Japanese Land Readjustment Practice for Developing Countries Habitat International Vol. 24 No. 1 pp. 51-73
  • Sorensen, A. 1999. Land Readjustment, Urban Planning and Urban Sprawl in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area  Urban Studies, Vol. 36 No. 13 pp. 2333-2360

Book Chapters

  • Sorensen, A. 2012. Shrinking cities and liveability in Japan: emerging relationships and challenges. Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives. C. Brumman and E. Schulz (eds.). London: Routledge: 203-220
  • Sorensen, A. 2012. The State and Social Capital in Japan: (re)scripting the standard operating practices of neighborhood civic engagement. The Dynamics of Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Asia. A. Daniere and H. V. Luong. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, Routledge: 163-181.
  • Sorensen, A. 2011. Post-Suburban Tokyo? Urbanization, Suburbanization, Reurbanization. International Perspectives on Suburbanization: A Post-suburban World? N. A. Phelps and F. Wu. (eds.). Houndsmills, Hampshire, UK. New York, New York, USA, Palgrave MacMillan: 210-224.
  • Sorensen, A. 2011. Uneven Geographies of Vulnerability: Tokyo in the 21st Century S. Hamnett, and D. Forbes, (eds.) Planning Asian Cities: Risks and Resilience London: Routledge pp 40-66
  • Sorensen, A. 2011. Toronto Megacity: Growth, Planning Institutions, Sustainability. Megacities: Urban Form and Sustainability. A. Sorensen and J. Okata (eds.). Tokyo, Springer Verlag. 245-271
  • Sorensen, A. 2011. Conclusions: Megacities, Urban form, Development, and Governance. Megacities, Urban form and Sustainability. A. Sorensen and J. Okata (eds.). Tokyo, Springer Verlag. 397-418
  • Sorensen, A. and J. Okata 2011. Introduction: Megacities, Urban Form and Sustainability. Megacities: Urban Form and Sustainability. A. Sorensen and J. Okata (eds.). Tokyo, Springer Verlag. 1-12
  • Sorensen, A. 2010. Urban Sustainability and Compact Cities Ideas in Japan: The diffusion, transformation and deployment of planning concepts. Crossing Borders: International Exchange and Planning Practices. P. Healey and R. Upton. London and New York, Routledge: 117-140.
  • Sorensen, A. 2008. ‘Growth Management in Toronto’ chapter in Koizumi Hideki, (ed.) Growth Management in Comparative Perspective (in Japanese)
  • Sorensen, A., Koizumi, Hideki and Miyamoto, Ai, (2008) ‘Machizukuri, Civil Society, and Community Space in Japan’ in Amrita Daniere and Mike Douglass eds. ‘Community Space and the City in Asia’ London: Routledge
  • Sorensen A. 2007. ‘Changing Governance of Shared Spaces: Machizukuri in historical institutional perspective’ Chapter 3 in André Sorensen and Carolin Funck eds. ‘Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ movements, community building, and local environments’ London: Routledge pp. 56-90
  • Sorensen A. and Funck, C. 2007. ‘Living Cities in Japan: Introduction’ Chapter 1 in André Sorensen and Carolin Funck eds. Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ movements, community building, and local environments’ London: Routledge pp.1-36
  • Fujii, S., Okata, J., and Sorensen A. 2007. ‘Inner-city Redevelopment in Tokyo: Conflicts over urban place, planning governance, and neighborhoods’ Chapter 12 in André Sorensen and Carolin Funck eds. ‘Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ movements, community building, and local environments’ London: Routledge pp. 247-266
  • Sorensen, A. and Funck, C. 2007. ‘Conclusions Chapter 13 in André Sorensen and Carolin Funck eds. ‘Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ movements, community building, and local environments’ London: Routlege pp. 269-279
  • Sorensen A. 2007. ‘Consensus, Persuasion, and Opposition: Land Readjustment Organizing in Japan’ in ‘Analyzing Land Readjustment: Economics, Law, and Collective Action’ Yu Hung Hong and Barry Needham Cambridge, Massachusetts: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy pp. 89-114
  • Sorensen A. 2006. ‘Centralization, urban planning governance, and citizen participation in Japan Chapter 5, in Carola Hein & Philippe Pelletier eds. ‘Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization’ London: Curzon/Routledge pp. 101-127
  • Sorensen A. 2005. ‘The Developmental State and the Extreme Narrowness of the Public Realm: The 20th Century Evolution of Japanese Planning Culture’ ‘Comparative Planning Cultures’ Bishwapriya Sanyal, (ed.) London: Routledge pp. 223-258
  • Sorensen A. 2004. ‘Major Issues of Land Management for More Sustainable Urban Regions in Japan’ Chapter 12 in A. Sorensen, P. Marcotullio, J. Grant (eds.) ‘Towards Sustainable Cities: East Asian, North American and European Perspectives’ London: Ashgate, pp. 197-216
  • Sorensen A., P. Marcotullio, J. Grant 2004. ‘Towards Sustainable Cities’ Chapter 1 of A. Sorensen, P. Marcotullio, J. Grant (eds.) ‘Towards Sustainable Cities: East Asian, North American and European Perspectives’ London: Ashgate, pp. 3-23
  • Grant J., P. Marcotullio, A. Sorensen 2004. ‘Towards Land Management Policies for more Sustainable Cities’ Conclusions of A. Sorensen, P. Marcotullio, J. Grant (eds.) ‘Towards Sustainable Cities: East Asian, North American and European Perspectives’ London: Ashgate, pp. 301-308

Books

  • Sorensen, A. and J. Okata (eds.) 2011. ‘Megacities, Urban Form, Governance, and Sustainability.’ Tokyo, Springer Verlag. 418 pages
  • Sorensen, A., Funck, C. (eds.) 2007. ‘Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ Movements, Machizukuri and Local Environments’ London: Routledge Nissan/Routledge Japan Studies, Series Editor J.A.A Stockwin  283 pages paperback edition 2009.
  • Sorensen, A., P. Marcotullio, J. Grant (eds.) 2004. ‘Towards Sustainable Cities: East Asian, North American and European Perspectives’ London: Ashgate, 308 pages
  • Sorensen A. 2002. ‘The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and planning from Edo to the twenty-first century’ London: Routledge, Nissan/Routledge Japan Studies, Series Editor J.A.A Stockwin 386 pages. paperback edition 2004.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life