Faculty Profiles

Harris Ali

BA Hons (Sociology) - McMaster
MA (Sociology) - McMaster
BEng (Materials Engineering) - McMaster
PhD (Sociology) - McMaster

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Environmental Disasters

  • Environment and Health

  • Environmental Sociology

Major research projects

2009 Understanding Pandemic Preparedness in the Context of the Homelessness Crisis.  Funded by CIHR, P.I. Stephen A. Gaetz, Co-applicants – S. Harris Ali, John Graham, Roch Hurtubise, Stephen Hwang, Roger Keil, Janet Mosher, Bernadette Pauly, Schiff Waegemakers, and Jianhong Wu.

2006-2008 Attending to Social Vulnerabilities in Tuberculosis Transmission Dynamics: Toward a Synergistic Model of Qualitative and Quantitative methods. Project Funded by SSHRC, P.I. Stephen A. Gaetz Co-applicants - M.H.Rioux, I. Daiski, J.Wu, R. Keil, S. Dinca-Panaitescu, S. Harris Ali, and Y. Zhou.

2004-2007 Principal Investigator: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant; SARS and the Global City: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto. (Co-Investigator: Roger Keil).

Selected Publications

2008   Ali, S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Eds)  Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

2008 S. Harris Ali “Analyzing Environmental Disasters” In Samir Das Gupta (Ed) Understanding the Global Environment. New  Delhi: Pearson  Press.  Pages: 245-264.

2008 S. Harris Ali  “Environmental Health and Society” In B. Singh Bolaria and Harley D. Dickinson (Eds) Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada 4th Edition. Toronto: Nelson. Pages 370-387.

2004 Ali, S. Harris. “A Socio-Ecological Autopsy of the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in  Walkerton, Ontario, Canada.” Social Science and Medicine 58(12): 2601-2612

2003 Ali, S. Harris.  “Disaster and the Political Economy of Recycling: Toxic Fire in an Industrial City.” Social Problems. 49(2):129-149.

Books (Refereed)

2016 Mulvihill, P. and S. Harris Ali Environmental Management: Critical Thinking and Emerging Practices. New York: Routledge.

2008   Ali, S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Eds)  Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Chapters in Books (Refereed)


S. Harris Ali “Sociology and the Environment” in Robert J. Brym (Ed) New Society, 7th Edition. Toronto: Nelson.  Pages 395-418


S. Harris Ali “Infectious Diseases as New Risks for Human Health” In Sigrun Kabisch, Anna Kunath, Petra-Schweizer-Ries, Annette Steinfuhrer (Eds.) Advances in People-Environment Studies,  Volume 3: Vulnerability, Risks, and Complexity: Impacts of Global Change on Human Habitats. Gottingen:Hogrefe. Pp.13-25.

S. Harris Ali “Borderless Disease” In George Ritzer (Ed) Encyclopedia of Globalization. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.  Volume 2, pp446-449

S. Harris Ali  “Infectious Disease, Environmental Change and Social Control”  (abridged version)  Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, 2nd Edition. Edited by Lorne Tepperman and Angela Kalyta. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Pages 295-298.


Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali “Stadt der Seuchen – Pandemie und globale Urbanisierung” In Karl Husa, Christof Parnreiter and helmut Wohlschlagl (Eds) Weltbevokerung: Zu viele, zu wenige, schlecht verteilt? Vienna: ProMedia/Sudwind pages 98-108.

Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali  “The urban political pathology of emerging infectious disease in the age of the global city” In Eugene McCann and Kevin Ward (Eds) Assembling Urbanism: Mobilizing Knowledge and Shaping Cities in the Global Context. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Pages: 123-145.

Harris Ali and Roger Keil “Global Cities and Infectious Disease” In Ben Derudde, Michael Hoyler, Peter, J. Taylor, Frank Witlok  (Eds) International Handbook of Globalization Camberley Surrey:Edward Elgar. Pages 593-611.

S. Harris Ali (2011) “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)”  Green Series, Volume 9: Health  Edited by Oladele  Ogunseitan. Sage.

S. Harris Ali (2011)  “Tuberculosis”  Green Series, Volume 9: Health  Edited by Oladele  Ogunseitan. Sage


S. Harris Ali “The Microbial Traffic of New and Emerging Infectious Disease Threats: The case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Influenza A/H1N1 (Swine Flu)” In Susan Craddock, Tamara Giles-Vernick, and Jennifer Gunn (Eds)  Influenza and Public Health: Learning From Past Pandemics. London: Earthscan Press. Pages 22-37.

S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil  “Securing Network Flows: Infectious Disease and Airports”.  In S. Graham and S. Marvin (Eds) Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructure Fails. NY: Routledge. Pages 97-110.


S. Harris Ali (2009) “The Local and Global Outbreak Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Toronto” Disaster and Emergency Management: The Canadian Context. Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. www.crhnet.ca.   (electronic textbook)

S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil  “Public Health and the Political Economy of Scale: Implications for Understanding the Response to the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Outbreak in Toronto” In Roger Keil and Rianne Mahon (Eds) Leviathan Undone? Towards a Political Economy of Scale. Vancouver: UBC Press. Pages 195-208.

S. Harris Ali “The Political Economy of Environmental Inequality: The social distribution of risk as an environmental injustice” In Julian Agyeman, Peter Cole, Patricia O’Riley, Randolph Haluza-DeLay (Eds) Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada Vancouver: The University of British Columbia Press. Pages 97-110.