Housing insecurity, intensified employment anxiety, access to adequate services, and fear of personal and structural violence are some of the issues troubling today's cities and municipalities. Often, these conditions most affect residents whose place in the social hierarchy makes them particularly susceptible to exclusion. Seeking to redress these trends and guide research to facilitate meaningful local action, Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities promotes more inclusive urban environments by highlighting and comparing theoretical and practice-based insights. Building on feminist, anti-racist, and anti-colonialist arguments to offer action-oriented solutions to inequalities and exclusions, the contributors to this volume tackle themes such as LGBTQ inclusion, health disparities, diversity initiatives, and urban planning dilemmas. Through a lens of critical praxis the book explores the challenges of collaborations, the negotiations required to reconceptualize research relations, and the ways in which values and practices inform one another. In light of the growing complexity, interrelations, and interactions of our world, Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities is a timely work that speaks to a diverse audience of activists, policy makers, community organizations, and researchers of various disciplines.
Fran Klodawsky is professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. Janet Siltanen is professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Political
"Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities simultaneously serves as an outlet for diverse case studies of community-university research collaborations and their potential for incremental, though meaningful, change while also providing concrete lessons about the benefits and challenges associated with this research approach." Carey Doberstein, University of British Columbia