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Lehrer, Ute A

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Lehrer, Ute A


PhD Urban Planning , University of California, Los Angeles
Lic.phil.; History of Arts & Architecture; Sociology; Economic & Social History , University of Zurich

Global Suburbanism Cities and Globalization Image Production in Cities Economic Restructuring and Urban Form Political Economy of the Built Environment Theory and History of Planning, Urban Design and Architecture Built Environment, Ethnicity and Immigration to Urban Areas


Global suburbanisms: Governance, land, and infrastructure in the 21st century
(Co-Applicant for SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative 2010-17; 46 researchers; 17 partners).

“Suburban identities in the global city between competition and cooperation: Toronto and Frankfurt”, Principal Investigator, SSHRC funded research project (2011-2014).


  • Faculty of Environmental Studies, Dean's Teaching Award
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Field Study Grant
  • Leibniz Institute for Research on Society (IRS), Erkner, Germany, IRS Fellowship
  • School of Environment, Education and Development, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester, UK, Hallsworth Visiting Professorship
  • City Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Honorary Research Fellowship

Selected Publications


Lehrer, U. (book proposal, in preparation) Condominium Boom in Toronto: Between Private and Public Interests.

2018 The Suburban Land Question: A Global Survey. Harris, R. & Lehrer, U. (eds.)  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

1995 Capitales Fatales: Urbanisierung und Politik in den Finanzmetropolen Zürich und Frankfurt, Zürich: Rotpunkt-Verlag; 1995 (Capitales Fatales: Urbanization and Politics in the Financial Metropoles Zurich and Frankfurt), 400 pages (with H. Hitz, R. Keil, U. Lehrer, C. Schmid, K. Ronneberger, R. Wolff).

1988 Wandel und Handel der Kaserne: Die städtebaulichen Vorstellungen dargestellt an den Projekten für das Kasernenareal Zürich 1873 - 1988, Zürich: vdf, 1988 (Land use planning, urban design and urban history in an inner city zone of Zurich), 89 pages.

Special issues in journals

Tchoukaleyska, R, Enright, T., and Lehrer, U. (2019) “Public Space Beyond The City Centre: Suburban and Periurban Dynamics”, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Summer, 28(1) i-iv https://cjur.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjur/article/view/180

Chapters in books

2018 Lehrer, U. & Pantalone, P. The Sky is Not the Limit: Negotiating Height and Density in Toronto’s Condominium Boom. In A.E.G Jonas, B. Miller, K. Ward & D. Wilson (eds.) Spaces of Urban Politics. New York: Routledge.

2017 Lehrer, U. & Tchoukaleyska, R. Old Wine in New Bottles: Land, Population Growth and Montpellier’s Suburban Face-Off. In N. Phelps (ed.) Old Europe, New Suburbanization? Governance, Land and Infrastructure in European Suburbanization. Toronto: Toronto University Press, pp. 133-157.

2016 Room for the Good Society? Public space, amenities and the condominium. In H. Rangan, M.K. NG, L. Porter & J. Chase (eds.) Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s contributions to planning theory and practice. Boston: Routledge RTPI Library Series.

2016 Belina, B. & Lehrer, U. The global city region: constantly emerging scalar fix, terrain of inter-municipal competition and corporate profit strategy. In J.A. Boudreau, R. Keil, S. Kipfer & P. Hamel (eds.) Governing Cities through Regions: Canadian and European Perspectives, Waterloo: Wilfried Laurier Press.

2013 “FlexSpace – Suburban Forms” In Roger Keil (ed.)   Suburban Constellations. Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st   Century. Berlin: Jovis, pp. 56-61.

Articles in refereed journals

Tchoukaleyska, R, Enright, T., and Lehrer, U. (2019) “Public Space Beyond The City Centre: Suburban and Periurban Dynamics”, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Summer, 28(1) i-iv https://cjur.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjur/article/view/180

March, L and Lehrer, U. (2019) “Verticality, Public Space and the Role of Resident Participation in Revitalizing Suburban High-rise Buildings” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Summer, 28(1) 65-85. https://cjur.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjur/article/view/201/107

Lehrer, U. & March, L. (2019) “Vertical urbanism: high-rise buildings and public space” Finnish Journal of Urban Studies; Kaupunkikysymys – The Urban Question, 57(4) 37-42 https://journal.fi/yhdyskuntasuunnittelu/issue/view/609

2019 Lehrer, U. and L. March. Verticality, Public Space and the Role of Resident Participation in Revitalizing Suburban High-rise Buildings. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Summer, 28(1) 65-85.

2015 Lehrer, U., Harris, R. & Bloch, R. The Suburban Land Question. Urban Planning International. 30 (6): 18-26.

2015  “La Question du Territoire Suburbain” Pole Sud: Revue de science de l”Europe méridionale, special issue Sous le foncier, la politique, 42(1) 63-85 (with R. Harris and R. Bloch).

Non-refereed articles

Roza, T., Enright, T. & Lehrer, U. (2019) “Editor's Introduction: Public Space Beyond The City Centre: Suburban and Periurban Dynamics” (with), Canadian Journal for Urban Research, summer 28(1) i-iv https://cjur.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjur/article/view/180/91

Professional reports

2020 “Housing and Development in NYC: From Megaprojects to Activism and Resistance” (with Anastasia Abrazhevich, Allison Evans, Marlon Gullusci, Giuliano Iacobelli, Richard Marshall, Jamilla Mohamud, Nkechi Nwokoye, Aria Popal, Christopher Roberton, Emma Nelson, and Katarina Savic)

2019 “High-rise Apartment Buildings: From Modernism to Financialization”, Critical Planning Workshop, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (with Jocelyn Cadieux, Alexander Christison, Zachary Dark, Jerrica Gilbert, Jessie Huang, Mehedi Khan, William Lamond, Hannah Lingren, Liban Mohamed, Alicia Rinaldi)

Conference presentations

2020 Expert contribution, “20 years of research on condominium development”, Tall Buildings Reconsidered: The Growing Evidence of a Looming Urban Crisis, Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Centre for the Future of Places, Stockholm, Sweden, and Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. Feb 2-4.

2019 Keynote address, Opening Plenary, State of Australian Cities Conference, “Global Suburbanisms and the Land Question”, Perth, Australia, Dec 3.

2019 “The role of resident participation in redefining and redesigning public space in suburban high-rise buildings: two case studies in the Toronto Region” ReVision: Strategies for Renewing Apartment Buildings & Neighbourhoods, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Ohashi Campus, November 26-29.

2019 “’Own the sky’: Highrise living in the 21st century” ISA Research Committee 21: Urban and Regional Development, New Delhi, India, Sept 18 to 21.

2019 “Amenities and the Public in Condo Buildings” International Network for Urban Research and Action, Zagreb, Croatia, June 30 to July 7.

2019 “Growth Policies and Amenities in Sprawling Regions,” Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Los Angeles, April  (with Katherine Perrott).

2019 “The role of public space and amenities in sprawling regions,” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, April 3-7 (with Katherine Perrott).

Invited speaker

2020 Keynote speaker, Helsinki, Finland, August 27 to 28.

2020 Keynote speaker, Sao Paolo, Brazil, April 26 (postponed)

2019 “Ways of Seeing” PhD Symposium Program, SOAC 2019, Perth, Australia,  Dec 2.    

2019 Keynote speaker, “Global Suburbanisms and the Land Question” Geography and Planning Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, School of Agriculture and Environment. Perth, Australia, November 22.

2019 Participants of York delegation, meeting with Dr. Daniela Ridder (DAAD) and Dr. Nicola Vöhringer (member of parliament)

2019 “Highlights of Germany and York University Engagement with Germany”, Delegation from Hesse, Germany to York: University Presidents and Officials, July 10, 2019, Schulich Private Dining Room

2019 “Global Suburbanisms and the Land Question”, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner, Germany, April 8. https://leibniz-irs.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungen/2019/04/global-land-suburban-form/   

Media Appearances

2020 Interview with Mike Stafford, "Gentrification can't be in our interest: How development is breaking up Toronto's communities", am640 radio, March 2 https://omny.fm/shows/am640-the-morning-show/gentrification-cant-be-in-our-interest-how-develop  

2020 Interviewed by Jenna Moon, “‘We are fighting a big machine.’ Gentrification is pulling apart Toronto’s communities. How do we prevent it?” Toronto Star, February 29, https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/02/29/we-are-fighting-a-big-machine-gentrification-is-pulling-apart-torontos-communities-how-do-we-prevent-it.html

2019 “Taking a bite out of the Big Apple: Critical Urban Planning Workshop heads to NYC”, https://fes.yorku.ca/news-story/planning-for-a-better-tomorrow-hands-on-skill-building-and-experiential-education-courses-in-mes/

2019 “Experiential education takes planning students abroad and it’s a boot camp for the brain”, http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2019/09/19/experiential-education-takes-planning-students-abroad-and-its-a-boot-camp-for-the-brain/

2019 “MES students travel through Germany to study housing practices” https://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2019/06/11/mes-students-travel-through-germany-to-study-housing-practices/

2019 Hasham, Alyshah “Toronto police secretly filmed condo hallways - was that legal?: Case reveals 'grey zone' in law over warrantless surveillance in buildings' common areas” Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2019: A.1. A.22  https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/docview/2195859731?accountid=15182