Canada’s rental housing goldmine: The financialization of apartments from trailer park to tar sands
Bio: Martine August is an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo's School of Planning. She recived her PhD in Planning from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include; planning and social justice,political economy of housing, gentrification, displacement, and neighbourhood change, urban redevelopment and the politics of social mix, inequality, poverty, urban marginality, community organizing, resistance, and the Right to the City, financialization of housing and neighbourhoods.
Planning for ecological connectivity on human-dominated landscapes
Bio: Jeremy Pittman is currently a assistant professor at The School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He studies governance in complex social-ecological systems, and he has applied this lens to a range of problems (e.g., land-sea interactions in the Lesser Antilles; species at risk conservation on the Canadian Prairies). He draws on multiple concepts in his research (e.g., social-ecological fit, governance transformations) and employs a range of qualitative and quantitative methods oriented towards action research (e.g., participatory scenarios, social-ecological network analysis). Prior to re-entering academia to pursue doctoral studies he was employed with both national- and provincial-level governments in Canada and the private sector working on issues of climate change adaptation, sustainability, and environmental policy. Through his academic and professional experience, he has been lucky enough to work in rural, remote and Indigenous communities and resource-based sectors (e.g., agriculture, fisheries, tourism, mining) in Canada, Chile, Uruguay, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.