By Pat Doherty
The Cities Centre is a new multi-disciplinary research institute established at the University of Toronto in response to one of the research priorities defined in the University’s “Stepping Up!” plan. The mandate of the Centre is broad: to encourage and facilitate research, both scholarly and applied, on cities and on a wide range of urban policy issues, both in Canada and abroad, and to provide a gateway for communication between the University and the broader urban community.
After first being established in February 2007, the new Centre became official on November 15, 2007 and reports through the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design to a committee of Deans from the participating faculties and schools (Arts and Science, Applied Science and Engineering, and Graduate Studies). As of November 20, administration of the existing Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) was also transferred to the Cities Centre. CUCS will continue to maintain its distinct identity until a full merger is complete. At that time, CUCS will become the research core of the new Cities Centre.
The Centre is currently housed within the existing offices of CUCS at 455 Spadina Ave (Suite 426) pending a search for a more suitable location. Professor Emeritus Larry S. Bourne, the new Centre’s Interim Director, has begun constructing a network of contacts and working relationships with individual faculty and with cognate research units at the University. It is expected that much closer collaboration with the Centre for Environment will take place on issues of common interest in the urban environment.
Pat Doherty is an Administrative Assistant at the Cities Centre. For more information on the new Centre, please visit http://www.citiescentre.utoronto.ca (Please note that this centre is no longer open, for more information please click here) or contact Pat at email@example.com or 416-946-3688.