The Centre for Urban and
Community Studies promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary
research and policy analysis on urban issues.
The Centre's activities are
intended to contribute to scholarship on questions relating
to the social and economic well-being of people who live
and work in urban areas large and small, in Canada and around
The Centre was established
in 1964 as a research unit of the School of Graduate Studies.
Its research associates include professors and graduate
students from a dozen different disciplines and professionals
from a variety of organizations.
The Centre exists
together faculty, professionals, and graduate students
interested in urban development, policy issues and the quality
of life in cities;
interdisciplinary scholarly research on urban issues;
this research by providing academic staff and students with
space, access to services and information, opportunities
for collaboration, seminars and conferences, and graduate
ideas related to urban and community studies to other researchers
and to agencies and organizations interested in urban matters
by publishing books, reports, bibliographies, and research
communications among researchers and between researchers
and the broader urban community.
Several formal working
groups are currently active within, or are associated with,
the Centre. These include:
Community / University Research
International Research and Development Initiatives
Childcare Resource and Research
Housing New Canadians Research
Community Development Research
Urban Systems Research Lab
Urban Entomology Program
Opportunities for students
Although the Centre does
not offer courses or grant degrees, it is currently working
to establish a Collaborative Program in Community Development.
This program would allow master's and doctoral students
to take courses offered through various departments, including
geography, political science, public health, social work,
sociology, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
in order to deepen their understanding of the many facets
of community development. Students interested in this program
would apply through one of the participating departments
or faculties and must meet the degree requirements of that
Support for visiting researchers
The Centre welcomes visiting
researchers, including professors and professionals on research
leave, as well as students with postdoctoral fellowships.
The Centre is unable to offer funding to visitors, but can
provide office space, Internet connections, and access to
the University of Toronto's library system.
How the Centre operates
The University supports the
Centre with space and funds for administration only; all
research initiatives require external sources of funding.
The Centre acts as an administrative home for interdisciplinary
research programs. The School of Graduate Studies appoints
the Director. A small management committee oversees policy
matters and provides advice to the Director. A committee
appointed by the School of Graduate Studies reviews the
Centre every five years.