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Gilbert, Liette (On sabbatical)

Gilbert, Liette

BSc (Landscape Architecture) - Montreal
MA (Urban Planning)
PhD (Urban Planning) - UCLA

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship (multicultural cities and identities; politics of difference in the city; neoliberalisation of immigration policy; social justice, media representations of immigration and multiculturalism, and North American border politics)
  • Urban and Environmental Politics (planning, design and urbanism; exurban growth and environmental conservation; political ecology of landscapes; and environmental justice)

My research interests are articulated around two poles: Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship (multicultural cities and identities; politics of difference in the city; neoliberalisation of immigration policy; social justice, media representations of immigration and multiculturalism, and North American border politics) and Urban and Environmental Politics (planning, design and urbanism; exurban growth and environmental conservation; political ecology of landscapes; and environmental justice).

My research examines the oppositional struggles and alternative narratives or claims voiced by marginalized people as a form of resistance and expressions of citizenships. Both my teaching and research are anchored in a critical analysis of the conventional and marginalizing processes of urban development. My interest in studying the social and political economy of the built environment is particularly focused on the spatial representations of economic domination in relation to the changing forms of social organizations and the implications for equity, justice and democratic participation in multicultural societies. My study of the multicultural and urban discourses and practices is based on a theoretical and methodological approach considering the incongruities between ideologies, policies and everyday practices.

Major research projects

Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century
SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative, Roger Keil (principal investigator). Collaborator, North American Research Cluster (Mexico City). 2010-

Social Sustainability, Diversity and Public Space in Three Canadian Cities
(SSHRC Standard Research Grant with Barbara Rahder (PI), Ranu Basu, Susan L. McGrath and Patricia K. Wood, 2006-2009)

Unlikely Allies: Citizen Planning and Environmentalism on the Oak Ridges Moraine
(SSHRC Standard Research Grant with Gerda R. Wekerle (PI) and L. Anders Sandberg, 2002-2006)

Other positions/affiliations

  • Faculty Member, CITY Institute, York University
  • Scholar, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
  • Fellow, CERLAC- Centre for Research of Latin America and the Caribbean, York University
  • Affiliate Member, CERIS-Centre of Excellence for Research and Immigration and Settlement, Domain 1: Citizenship, Social, Cultural and Civic Integration
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Select publications

On Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship

Gilbert, Liette 2013 The Discursive Production of Mexican Refugee Crisis in Canadian Media and Policy. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.39(5) 827-843.

Gilbert, Liette 2012 Constitutional Failure or Anti-Immigrant Success? Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinances and Sentiments in the United States (with Kathy A. Kolnick). IN Anti-immigrant sentiments, actions, and policies in North America and the European Union, edited by Monica Verea. Mexico City: CISAN-Centro de Investgaciones sobre Americana del Norte, Universidad Nacional Autonama de Mexico. 83-102.

Gilbert, Liette 2010 North American Anti-Immigration Rhetorics: Continental Circulation and Global Resonance of Discursive Integration. IN The Impacts of NAFTA on North America, edited by Imtiaz Hussein. New York: Palgrave. 63-91.

Gilbert, Liette 2009. Negotiating Diversity: Tensions between National Discourses and Urban Practices in North America. IN Facing Cultural Diversity: Cities Under Stress edited by Alain G. Gagnon and Bernard Jouve. Lyon: Presses universitaires de Lyon. 67-83

Gilbert, Liette 2009 Immigration as Local Politics: Rebordering Immigration and Multiculturalism through Deterrence and Incapacitation. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(1): 26-42.

Gilbert, Liette and Mustafa Dikeç 2008 Right to the City and Politics of Citizenship IN Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Henri Lefebvre and Radical Politics edited by Kanishka Goonewardena, Stefan Kipfer, Richard Milgrom and Christian Schmid. New York: Routledge. 250-263.

Gilbert, Liette and Leela Viswanathan 2007 Covering Multiculturalism: Popular Images and the Politics of a Nation as reflected on the covers of Maclean's and L’Actualié. Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal. 39(3):189-205.

Gilbert, Liette 2007 Legitimizing Neoliberalism rather than Equality: Canadian Multiculturalism in the Current Reality of North America, Norteamérica Revista Académica del CISAN-UNAM. 2(1): 11-35.

Wood, Patricia and Liette Gilbert 2005. Multiculturalism in Canada: Alternative Vision, Accidental Discourse, Urban Practice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 29(3): 679-691.

Gilbert, Liette 2005. Resistance in the Neoliberal City: Tar Angel and the journey from immigrant to citizen, City 9(1): 23-33.

Gilbert, Liette 2006 Négocier la diversité: tensions entre discourse nationaux et pratiques urbaines en Amérique du Nord IN Les métropoles au défi de la diversité culturelle edited by Bernard Jouve and Alain G. Gagnon. Grenoble: Presses universitaires de Grenoble. 177-192.

Gilbert, Liette 2004 Nuevas consideraciones sobre el pluralismo (en) y la planificación: planificación diferenciada e ideologia multicultural, politicas y praticas en el Canadá (Reconsidering pluralism and (in) Planning: Differentiated Planning and Multicultural Ideology, Policy and Practices in Canada). Anuario de Espacios Urbanos: Historia, Cultural, Diseño 2004 edited by Jorge Morales Moreno. Mexico City: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Azcapotzalco.203-214.

Gilbert, Liette 2004. Al norte de México, al norte de Estados Unidos: Diferencias en la inmigracíon, el multiculturalism y la ciudadaniía en Canadá” (North from Mexico: Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Canada) IN Fronteras en America del Norte edited by Alejandro Mercado Celis and Elizabeth Gutiérrez Romero. Mexico City: Centro de Investigaciones Sociales en America del Norte/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. 25-42.

Gilbert, Liette and Catherine Phillips 2003 Practices of Urban Environmental Citizenships: Rights to the City and Rights to Nature in Toronto" Citizenship Studies 7(3): 313-330.

On Urban and Environmental Politics

Wekerle, Gerda R., L. Anders Sanberg and Liette Gilbert. 2009. Regional Resistances in an Exurban Region: Intersections of the Politics of Place and the Politics of Scale IN Leviathan Undone? Towards a Political Economy of Scale edited by Rianne Mahon and Roger Keil. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. 247-264.

Wekerle, Gerda R., L. Anders Sandberg and Liette Gilbert. 2009 Challenging Sprawl, Preserving Nature: Reframing Environmentalism on the Oak Ridges Moraine IN Environmental Conflicts and Democracy in Canada. Edited by Laurie Adkin. University of British Columbia. 279-297.

Gilbert, Liette, Gerda R. Wekerle and L. Anders Sandberg 2009 Building Bioregional Citizenship: The Case of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Ontario, Canada. Local Environments 14(5)387-401.

Gilbert, Liette, L. Anders Sandberg and Gerda R. Wekerle. 2008. Una mirada al prisma biorregional: construcción de vivienda y conservación de la naturaleza en la Gran Región de Toronto (Through the Bioregional Prism: Building Home and Conserving Nature in the Greater Toronto Region) IN Norte América: Construccíon de Espacios Regionales edited by Alejandro Mercado Celis, Graciela Martinez-Zalce and Miriam Alfie Cohen. México: Eón Ediciones, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa: 125-155.

Wekerle, Gerda R., L. Anders Sandberg, Liette Gilbert and Matthew Binstock. 2007. Nature as a Cornerstone of Growth: Regional and Ecosystems Planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (with). Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 16(1): 20-38.

Gilbert, Liette 2006. Les différentes natures de la péri-urbanisation IN La ville insoutenable edited by Augustin Berque, Philippe Bonnin, and Cynthia Ghorra-Gobin. Paris: Bélin. 183-193.

Gilbert, Liette, Gerda R. Wekerle and L. Anders Sandberg. 2005. "Local Responses to Development Pressures: Conflictual Politics of Sprawl and Environmental Conservation" Cahiers de Géographie du Québec. 49(138) : 377-392. 2005.

Gilbert, Liette 2004."At the Core and on the Edge: Justice Discourses in Metropolitan Toronto" Space and Polity, (Special Issue on Urbanization of Justice Movements), 8(20): 245-260.

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