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Julie Chamberlain


Chamberlain, Julie

  • MA Adult Education & Community Development (OISE/University of Toronto), BSW Ryerson University

Dissertation Title

What does it mean to transform a stigmatized community? Evaluating the impact of urban planning interventions on racialized neighbourhood residents

Comprehensive Areas

  • Theories of 'race' and racism; racism and environmental justice; 'Race' and the city

Advisory Comittee

  • Dr. Ilan Kapoor, Dr. Stefan Kipfer, and Dr. Julie-Ann Tomiak (Ryerson)


Access Alliance. (2014). Knowledge to action: A guide to knowledge translation and exchange using participatory filmmaking. Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. http://accessalliance.ca/sites/accessalliance/files/KTA_Guide_Final_2014.pdf

Chamberlain, J. (submitted). Experimenting on racialized neighbourhoods? Problematizing the urban laboratory concept through the example of Hamburg International Building Exhibition. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Chamberlain, J. (2013). Problem place, problem people: Spatialized racial discourses in an urban planning project in Hamburg, Germany. CEScontexto Debates, 2. Centre for Social Studies: Coimbra.

Chamberlain, J. (2011). Challenge and change in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. Learning Changes, 3 (1), 9-10. Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Project. http://www.apcol.ca/UserFiles/File/APCOLnewsletter5.pdf

Chamberlain, J. (2011). Hamburg, das Tor zur Welt. [Hamburg, gateway to the world]. DAAD Hamburg Study Tour 2011. Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. https://sites.google.com/site/ccgesstudytour/tour-2012

Chamberlain, J. and Meraj, S. (2011). In from the cold: Survey outreach in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. Learning Changes, 2(2), 3-5. Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Project. http://www.apcol.ca/UserFiles/File/APCOLnewsletterv4.pdf

George, P., Moffat, K., Alphonse, M., Kanitkar, A., Anand, V. and Chamberlain, J. (2009). Strategies of resistance in the context of social marginalization and globalization in India. Social Development Issues, 31(3), 1-14.

Moffat, K., George, P., Alphonse, M., Kanitkar, A., Anand, V. and Chamberlain, J. (2009). Community practice at a crossroads: The impact of the global on the local in India. Community Development Journal.

Professional Experience

Research Coordinator - Knowledge Exchange, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (2012-2014)

Organizational Standards Coordinator/Research and Communications Assistant, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (2008-2010)

Researcher/Evaluator, Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (2007-2008)


Teaching Experience

As course director:

Hands on Qualitative Methods: Knowledge, Inspiration, and Skills for Student Research Projects (Summer 2018, Fakultät für Wirtschaft und Soziales, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg)

ENVS 3160 'Race,' Racism & Environmental Justice (Winter 2016)

As teaching Assistant:

ENVS 2000 Environmental Politics, Justice and the Arts (Fall 2016, 2017)

ENVS 2300 Foundations of Environmental Politics (Fall-Winter 2014-2015)

ENVS 3800 Green Criminology (Winter 2014)

ENVS 3010 Qualitative Methods in Environmental Studies (Fall 2013)

Research Assistantship

"Indigenous Resurgence, Research and Community Building in Toronto," Ryerson University, with Dr. Julie Tomiak (2016-present)

"Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning," University of Toronto, with Dr. Peter Sawchuk and Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi (2010-2012)

Ryerson University School of Social Work, with Dr. Purnima George (2006-2007)

Paper Presentations

Chamberlain, J. (2015). Race and the 'urban laboratory’: The discourse and practice of urban experimentation. [Presentation]. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Experimental Developments Panel, April 25, 2015. Chicago, Illinois.

 Chamberlain, J., Dar, N., & Paglingayen, P. (2013). Reflections from the Knowledge to Action initiative: A community-based approach to knowledge mobilization. [Presentation]. Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, June 3-4, 2013. Mississauga, Ontario.

Chamberlain, J. (2012). Problem place, problem people: Spatialized racial discourses in an urban planning project in Hamburg, Germany. Cities are Us International Conference: Rethinking Urban Inclusion: Space, Mobilisations, Interventions. Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal. June 28-30, 2012.

Chamberlain, J. (2012). Race, power, and the role of education in an urban development project in Hamburg, Germany. Graduate Conference, Faculty of Education, Concordia University, Montréal. May 4, 2012.

Chamberlain, J. (2012). Problem place, problem people: Racial discourses in the public education materials of an urban planning project in Hamburg, Germany. Dean’s Graduate Student Research Conference, OISE University of Toronto. March 22-23, 2012.

University Service

Chair, PhD Environmental Studies Student Association (2016-2017)


Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) (2015-2018)

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Exploratory Research Grant, 2016)

Charles Caccia Graduate Award in Sustainable Development (2013-2014)

FES Entrance Scholarship (2013-2014)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Master's) (2011-2012)