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 SSH5034 (100 St. George Street)
Email: andre.sorensen@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

Call For Students:

I am actively recruiting students with an interest in the application of new institutionalism to comparative planning and urban studies. In particular, a focus on the way institutions (defined as ‘the rules of the game’, or ‘shared norms and enforceable rules’) change, and are changed, and how they regulate processes of urban development.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Sorensen, A. (2016). ‘Periurbanization as the institutionalization of place: The case of Japan.’ Cities 51: 1-7.
  • Sorensen, A. (2015) “Taking Path Dependence Seriously: A historical institutional research agenda for planning history” Planning Perspectives, Published online February 2014, 10,360 words
  • Sorensen, A. and Hess, P. (2015) “Building Suburbs, Toronto Style: Institutions, planning, critical junctures, and continuity” Town Planning Review 84(4) 411-436 (50% Sorensen, 50 % Hess)
  • Hess, P. and Sorensen, A. (2015) “Compact, Concurrent, And Contiguous: Smart Growth And 50 Years Of Residential Planning In The Toronto Region” Urban Geography 36(1) 127-151 (50% Hess, 50% Sorensen)
  • 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. (2017). National Urban Systems in an Era of Transnationalism. Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Readers Guide. A. Bain and L. Peake. (eds.). Oxford, London, New York, Oxford University Press.
  • Sorensen, A. (2017 forthcoming). Future Visions of Tokyo that Mattered: Utopian concepts and unanticipated outcomes. Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present. T. Bunnell and D. P. S. Goh. (eds.). Berlin, Jovis.
  • Sorensen, A. (2016). Visions of the Good City in the Rapid Growth Period. Cartographic Japan. K. Wigen, F. Sugimoto and C. Karacas. (eds.). Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 207-209.
  • Sorensen, A. (2016). Rebuilding Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake. Cartographic Japan. K. Wigen, F. Sugimoto and C. Karacas. (eds.). Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 155-157.
  • Sorensen, A. (2015) “Transforming land into property: institutions and institutional borrowing” in J. Hillier and J. Metzger, (eds.). Connections: a Festschrift for Patsy Healey London: Ashgate, pp.423-436
  • Sorensen, A. and Watanabe Shun-Ichi (forthcoming) Den-En Chôfu, the first Japanese ‘Garden City’: Preservation of an iconic planned community in Tokyo? The Heritage of Iconic Planned Communities: The Challenges of Change I. Gournay, M. Sies, and R. Freestone, (eds.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. One more revision in March, 2015.
  • 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