Associate Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Phil Boyle profile picturePhilip Boyle joined the University of Waterloo in July 2014 after spending two years in the Department of Sociology at York University. He holds a PhD in Sociology (2011) from the University of Alberta and has held postdoctoral positions in the School of Communications at Temple University (Philadelphia) and the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (UK).

Phil's primary research interests are in understanding how cities protect, respond and recover from from sudden events. In the past this research has focused on how the Olympic Games are secured against terrorist attacks in the post-9/11 period, and his current research focuses on the resilience of urban critical infrastructure networks. This research is funded by a two-year SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2014-2016).

Courses taught

  • GBDA 303 Innovation, Project and Change Management, Fall 2014


  • PhD Sociology, University of Alberta, 2011

Research interests

  • Security and Policing 
  • Surveillance
  • Urban Governance

Teaching Interests

  • Policing
  • Organized Crime
  • Socio-Legal Responses to Crime
  • Surveillance

Selected Publications

  • Boyle, P., D. Clement & K. Haggerty. Iterations of Olympic Security: Montreal and Vancouver. Forthcoming in Security Dialogue.
  • Boyle, P. 2012. Risk, Resiliency and Urban Governance: The Case of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Canadian Review of Sociology 49(4): 350-369.
  • Boyle, P. & K.D. Haggerty. 2012. Planning for the Worst: Risk, Uncertainty, and the Olympic Games. British Journal of Sociology 63(2): 241-259.
  • Boyle, P. & K.D. Haggerty. 2011. Civil Cities and Urban Governance: Regulating Disorder in Vancouver. Urban Studies 48(15): 3185-3201.
  • Boyle, P. & K.D. Haggerty. 2009. Spectacular Security: Mega-Events and the Security Complex. International Political Sociology 3(3): 257-274.

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