Martine August

Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Planning, University of Toronto, Canada, 2014

M.Sc.Pl., Planning, University of Toronto, Canada, 2007

B.A. (4-year), Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg, Canada, 2004

B.Sc., Physics, University of Winnipeg, Canada, 2002

Contact information
519-888-4567 ext. 43066
Location: EV3 3217

Social Media: @Martine_August

Research interests

  • 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
  • Social Policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Seniors housing, student housing
  • Public finance

Current Research Projects

  • The financialization of multi-family housing in Canada 
  • The financialization of seniors housing in Canada 
  • Sustaining co-operative housing in Kitchener-Waterloo 
  • Planning, race and Urban Renewal in Canada  
  • Evictions and social impacts in Toronto (with Julie Mah) 
  • Rent control loopholes: Above-Guideline Increases (AGIs) in Toronto (with Phillip Zigman) 
  • Public finance, central banks, and social inequality (with Emily Rosenman, Dan Cohen, Sage Ponder, Amanda Kass, and Martin Danyluk) 
  • A Community Action Research Project on Tower Rentals in Parkdale (with the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust and Scott Leon) 

Graduate Student Supervision

  Number of students currently supervising/co-supervising Total number of student supervisions/co-supervisions 
Masters 7 7
PhD 1 1

Recent/key publications

  • August, M. (2020). The financialization of Canadian multi-family housing: From trailer to tower. Journal of Urban Affairs.   
  • Revington, N. and August, M. (2019). Making a market for itself: The emergent financialization of student housing in Canada. Environment and Planning A. 
  • August, M. and Webber, C. (2019). Demanding the right to the city and the right to housing: Best Practices for supporting community organizing. Report. Toronto: Parkdale Community Legal Services, Maytree Foundation. 
  • August, M. and Tolfo, G. (2019). Inclusionary zoning: Six insights from international experience. Plan Canada. Winter 2019. 6-11. 
  • August, M. and Walks, A. (2018). Gentrification, suburban decline, and the financialization of multi-family housing: The case of Toronto. GeoForum. 27 
  • August, M. (2016). “It’s all about power and you have none:” The marginalization of tenant resistance to mixed-income social housing redevelopment in Toronto, Canada. Cities. 57: 25-32.
  • August, M. (2015). Revitalization gone wrong: Mixed-income public housing redevelopment in Toronto’s Don Mount Court. Urban Studies. 53(16): 3405-3422.
  • August, M. (2014). Challenging the rhetoric of stigmatization: The benefits of concentrated poverty in Toronto’s Regent Park. Environment and Planning A. 46(6): 1317-33.
  • August, M. (2014). Negotiating social mix in Toronto’s first public housing redevelopment: Power, space, and social control in Don Mount Court. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 38(4): 1161-84.
  • Walks, A. & August, M. (2008). The factors inhibiting gentrification in areas with little non-market housing: Policy lessons from the Toronto experience. Urban Studies. 45(12): 2594-2625.
  • August, M. (2008). Social mix and Canadian public housing redevelopment: Experiences in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Urban Research. Supplement. 17(1): 82-100.

Courses Taught

  • PLAN 300: Planning Theory 
  • PLAN 625: Methods of Social Investigation for Planners 
  • PLAN 431/614: Issues in Housing 
  • PLAN 474/674: Planning for Social Justice in the Capitalist City