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Centre for Urban and
Community Studies
University of Toronto
455 Spadina Ave.
Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2G8

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Funded Research Projects at CUCS

PROJECTS (as of 2006)

for recent projects, see Cities Centre Research

 

Neighbourhood Change & Building Inclusive Communities
Immigrants, Discrimination and Homelessness
Homelessness, Crime & the Criminal Justice System
Multidimensional Impacts of Adequate Housing
Family, Social Structure & Health Impacts in India
Aging and Homelessness
The Liveable City: Governance in Tokyo & Toronto
Immigrants in the Global Economy
Rental Housing & Salvadorean Refugees in Toronto
Selected Recent Projects


Neighbourhood Change & Building Inclusive Communities from Within: A case study of Toronto's west-central neighbourhoods

Co-ordinators of Research Team: David Hulchanski and Sylvia Novac, Centre for Urban and Community Studies; Maureen Fair and Rick Eagan, St. Christopher House, Toronto
Lead Community Partner: St. Christopher House, Toronto
Schedule: a 5-year program of research, 2005-2010
Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Community-University Research Alliance Program (CURA)
Budget: $1 million
Description: The focus of this research is on the lived experience of lower-income people in neighbourhoods in transition - how the macro socio-economic and political environment affects their lives and the neighbourhoods they live in. Practitioners - from those who shape policy to service providers to political activists - require a better understanding of these forces in order to define appropriate courses of action, such as specific policies and programs or political action by community leaders. The research is based on a case study of an older, mainly residential area just west of downtown Toronto, consisting of seven neighbourhoods.
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Immigrants, Discrimination, and Homelessness: A Longitudinal Study of Homeless Immigrant Families in Toronto

Investigators: David Hulchanski, Principal Investigator; Robert Murdie, Geography, York University; and professors Ken Dion, Psychology and Lynn McDonald, Social Work, University of Toronto
Community Partners: COSTI North York Housing Help Centre; Midaynta Association of Somali Service Agencies; Woodgreen Red Door Family Shelter
Research Coordinator:: Sylvia Novac, PhD, Centre for Urban and Community Studies
Schedule:: 2005 to 2008
Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Budget: $100,000
Description: This research seeks to answer four sets of questions: (1) How and why do some immigrant and refugee families become homeless in Toronto and what role, if any, does discrimination and racism play in the process? (2) How long do immigrant families remain homeless, how many spells of homelessness do they experience, and how they cope when they are homeless? (3) How do immigrant families exit homelessness, what kind of housing do they find, and what factors or services are most helpful in ending the homelessness of immigrant families? (4) What policies and programs most effectively and efficiently (a) prevent families from becoming homeless, (b) help homeless families out of their homeless status more quickly, (c) address issues relating to discrimination and racism to the extent these pay a role in producing, maintaining, and ending family homelessness?
Final report published in 2008,
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Homelessness, Crime, and the
Criminal Justice System

Investigators: David Hulchanski, PhD, Principal Investigator, Director, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto; Joe Hermer, PhD, professor of sociology and criminology, University of Toronto; Amber Kellen, John Howard Society of Toronto
Research Coordinator: Sylvia Novac, PhD, Centre for Urban and Community Studies
Schedule: March 2004 to February 2005
Funder: National Secretariat on Homelessness,
Government of Canada

Budget: $104,500
Description: This research has three sets of research questions. (1) The size of the problem: How many people with no fixed address in Toronto are admitted to and released from police custody, provincial court, and correctional facilities/detention centres? How many people in homeless shelters have come from correction facilities? (2) Best practices: What effective service coordination strategies and types of post-incarceration programs exist? What are the best practices? (3) The police, homeless people, victimization and crime: What is the state of relations between the police and homeless youth and adults? How could relations be improved at the local level?
Final report published in 2006,
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Multidimensional Impacts of Adequate Housing

Research team: David Hulchanski and Valerie Tarasuk, University of Toronto; George Tolomiczenko, St. Joseph’s Health Centre; Stephen Hwang, St. Michael’s Hospital
Coordinator: Sylvia Novac
Schedule: October 2002 to April 2004
Funder: City of Toronto
Budget: $65,000
Description: This multidisciplinary applied research project helped to identify, in detail, the specific impacts of obtaining good-quality adequate housing on previously inadequately housed and homeless people. The findings were intended to make a practical contribution to knowledge about the overlapping effects of housing satisfaction, physical health, mental health, socio-economic stability, and well-being among low-income and previously unhoused people.
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Trends in Family and Social Structure and their Impact on Health in India: A Case Study of the Urban Poor in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Research team: David Hulchanski and Usha George, University of Toronto; C.A.K. Yesudian, Ramila Bisht, and N. Nakkeeran, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Coordinator: Seetharam Mukkavilli
Schedule: July 2003 to June 2005
Funder: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Budget: $104,000
Description: This research will investigate the changing family and social structure in India, using the state of Madhya Pradesh as a case study. The aim is to better understand the impact of these changes on, and their policy and program implications for, the health of the most vulnerable population groups in urban areas. The goal of the research is to reduce urban poverty and promote sustainable community development by improving access to affordable good quality health care for families living in urban slum conditions.
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Aging and Homelessness

Research team: Lynn McDonald and David Hulchanski, University of Toronto
Coordinator: Sylvia Novac
Schedule: December 2002 to August 2003
Funder: City of Toronto
Budget: $63,750
Description: Using statistical data on older homeless persons in Toronto, interviews with older homeless persons, and focus groups of key informants, the researchers will work to understand the characteristics of older people who are homeless; identify service and shelter needs of older homeless people; and articulate policy, funding, and service implications for the City, other levels of government, and other community-based organizations.
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Who Will Build the Liveable City? Planning culture, civil society, and local environmental governance in Tokyo and Toronto

Investigators: Andre Sorensen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Geography, University of Toronto at Scarborough; Hideki Koizumi, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo
Schedule: Three years, 2004-2007
Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant
Budget: $114,000
Description: The project will contribute to theory building and knowledge mobilization by: establishing the contours of civil society activity in two cities with different planning cultures; providing insights into the configurations of civil society actors that affect urban change; allowing measurement of the political space available for civil society actors; allowing an examination of the planning governance structure from the point of view of civil society actors who are attempting to engage it for specific goals.
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Immigrants in the Global Economy: Precarious Employment and the Transnational Dimensions of Economic Incorporation

Research team: Luin Goldring, York University; Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto at Scarborough
Schedule: 2003–2006
Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Budget: $235,000
Description: In recent years, new immigrants to Canada have experienced barriers to employment and upward mobility in the labour market. The researchers will work to determine the effects on the labour experiences of new immigrants of racialization, economic restructuring, changing Canadian immigration policies, and transnational connections between immigrants and their homeland. The findings are intended to inform immigration policy debates in Canada.
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The Rental Housing Experience of
Salvadorean Refugees in Toronto

Research team: David Hulchanski, Ken Dion, and Carlos Teixeira, University of Toronto; Robert Murdie, York University
Coordinator: Sylvia Novac
Community Partners: Dixon Hall Community Centre, Jane-Finch Community and Family Centre
Schedule: August 2001 to May 2003
Funder: Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), Toronto
Budget: $17,500
Description: This research examined in detail how refugees obtain housing in the Toronto rental market and how their housing status changes over time. The researchers interviewed Salvadorean refugees in Toronto to assess the how they obtained housing; the degree to which their housing needs were met; the quality, adequacy, and cost of housing they obtained; their level of satisfaction with the housing and the neighbourhood; perceptions of discrimination; and the degree to which their housing situation improved over time. The results will contribute to Canadian housing policy, social policy, and human rights policy.
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SELECTED RECENT PROJECTS

Bolivia Sustainable Urban Development Project

Principal Investigator: Richard Stren, University of Toronto
Manager: Christie Gombay
Schedule: January 1997-December 2001
Funder: CIDA
Budget: $4.9 million
Description: This project was conducted at the request of the Bolivian government, to help municipalities prepare and implement urban development plans, and to help train planners in Bolivia. During this project, 30 or more urban professionals were trained at the Master’s level in Bolivia; three policy handbooks were produced in Spanish; two substantial strategic plans were produced; and a number of local community-level projects were undertaken in Cochabamba and Tarija.
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The Global Urban Research Initiative

Coordinators: Richard Stren and Patricia McCarney, University of Toronto
Schedule: 1991-1997
Funders: Ford Foundation, World Bank, CIDA
Budget: $6,411,000 Cdn.
Description: The network involved about 400 researchers, local activists, and municipal policy professionals. In its first phase, the network undertook a systematic overview of the findings of urban research in the developing world; in the second phase, the network was active in the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul in 1996; and in the third phase, each of 12 subregional groups carried out research on municipal governance reform. This final phase culminated in an international meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in November 1997.
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CUCS Funders


Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada

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Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation

website


Shastri Indo-Canadian
Institute

website


Human Resources
Development Canada

website


Supporting Communities
Partnership Initiative (SCPI)

website


City of Toronto
Housing, Shelter and Support

website


Canadian International
Development Agency

website


Toronto Dominion Bank,
TD Economics

website