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Ali, Syed Harris

Ali, Syed Harris

Professor
BA Hons
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).

Select 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

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

Chapters in Books

S. Harris Ali (Forthcoming) “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.

S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Forthcoming) Securing Network Flows: Infectious Disease and Airports. In S. Graham and S. Marvin (Eds) Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructure Fails. NY: Routledge.

Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali (Forthcoming) “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.

S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Forthcoming) “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.

2013

S. Harris Ali (2013) “Sociology and the Environment” in Robert J. Brym (Ed) New Society, 7th Edition. Toronto: Nelson.

2012

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.

2011

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

2010

S. Harris Ali "Globalized complexity and the microbial traffic of new and emerging infectious disease threat" In Craddock S G and Jennifer Giles Vernick, T., Science and Society: Influenza and Public Health: Learning from Past Pandemics, London, GBR: Earthscan. Pages: 22-37.

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.

2009

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.

2008

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

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.

S. Harris Ali and Ann Novogradec "Disasters and Emergency Preparedness" in J. Golson and Yawei Zhang (Eds) Encyclopedia of Global Health. London: Sage. Pages 532-535.

S. Harris Ali “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)” in J. Golson and Yawei Zhang (Eds) Encyclopedia of Global Health. London: Sage. Pages 1532-1533.

Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali “SARS and the Restructuring of Health Governance in Toronto” in S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Eds) Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Pages 55-69.

Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali “Racism is a Weapon of Mass Destruction: SARS and the Social Fabric of Urban Multiculturalism” in S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Eds) Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Pages 152-166.

S. Harris Ali “SARS as an Emergent Complex: Toward a Networked Approach to Urban Infectious Disease” in S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil (Ed

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