Michelle Buckley, Assistant Professor
U of T Scarborough
University of Oxford (2012)
Location: Room MW370 (UTSC)
Downtown Office: Room SSH5027D (100 St. George Street)
- Migration and urbanization
- Intersectional perspectives on work and employment
- Marxist philosophy and postcolonial urban frameworks
- Urban political economies of the Gulf and Middle East
I am an urban geographer whose research lies at the intersections of migration, work & employment and urbanization. My current research explores the contemporary role that migrant construction workers play in building cities, and theorizes the social relations of urbanization through the lens of precarious construction work and employment. Other recent research has examined the urban impacts of political economic restructuring in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states – in particular how neoliberalizing strategies of economic diversification in the region have focused on extracting value from Gulf urban built environments through mixed-use mega-projects, construction markets and circuits of urban development finance.
- Buckley, M. S. McPhee, and B. Rogaly (2017) Guest editorial: Labour geographies on the move: Migration, migrant status and work in the 21st century. Geoforum (78): 153-158.
- Buckley, M and K. Strauss (2016) In, against and beyond Lefebvre: planetary urbanization and epistemic plurality. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 34(4): 617-636.
- Buckley, M. (2014) On the work of urbanization: migration, construction labor and the commodity moment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 104(2): 338-347.
- Buckley, M. and A. Hanieh (2014) Diversification by urbanization: tracing the property-finance nexus in Dubai and the Gulf. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
- Buckley, M. (2013) Locating neoliberalism in Dubai: migrant workers and class struggle in the autocratic city. Antipode 45(2): 256–274.
- Buckley, M. (2012) From Kerala to Dubai and back again: migrant construction workers and the global economic crisis. Geoforum 43(2): 250-9.
- Buckley, M. (2009) Review: The Evolving Arab City, Yasser Elsheshtawy (Ed.) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(4):1087-1088.
- Buckley, M. and Reid-Musson, E (forthcoming 2017) ‘Urbanization as a bordering practice”, in Jonas, A., K. Ward, B. Miller and D. Wilson (eds) Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. Routledge.
- Ogunyankin, G. and M. Buckley (2017) “Incremental and instant development: informal and spectacular urbanisms”, in Bain, A. and L. Peake (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Readers’ Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Buckley, M. (2017) “Migrant Labor” in N. Castree, M. Goodchild, W. Liu, A. Kobayashi, R. Marston, and D. Richardson (eds), The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology.
- Buckley, M. (2015) “Construction Work, ‘Bachelor’ Builders and the Intersectional Politics of Urbanization in Dubai.” In A. Hanieh, A. Khalaf and O. El Shehabi (Eds.) Transit States: Labour, Migration & Citizenship in the Gulf. London: Pluto Press. Pp.132-152.
- s: Labour, Migration & Citizenship in the Gulf. London: Pluto Press. Pp.132-152.
- Buckley, M., A. Zendel, J. Biggar, L. Frederikson & J. Wells (2016) Migrant Work & Employment in the Construction Sector. International Labour Organization, Geneva.