“Complex causal structures of neighbourhood change” is published!
One key way that evolutionary processes occur is via feedback loops. A classic way to model such feedback loops is in functional terms. Arthur Stinchcombe articulated the elemental structure of functional explanations in his 1968 book, Constructing Social Theories. In our recently published article, “Complex causal structures of neighbourhood change,” we try to revive this […]
Toronto Urban Evolution Model Paper Series Published!
A central theoretical goal of the Urban Genome Project has been to articulate a model of urban evolution. We develop the model in four papers, recently published together in Urban Science. The paper series is called “Towards a Model of Urban Evolution,” because its central task is to elaborate a rich yet rigorous formal language […]
Residential Micro-Segregation via Street Barriers in Lima, Peru
By Fernando Calderon Figueroa Description of the Study This study addresses the relationship between residential micro-segregation, in the form of built barriers to urban mobility, and social capital. Most of the scholarship on residential segregation posits the neighbourhood as its most relevant scale of analysis, while discussing built barriers as expressions of pre-existing social boundaries […]
New paper published! The Dilemmas of Spatializing Social Issues
Urban Genome Project Members Fernando A. Calderón-Figueroa, Daniel Silver, and Olimpia Bidian’s paper discussing Toronto’s Priority Area Program (2006–2013) has just been published in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Here’s Fernando’s summary: Among the multiple ways to subdivide a city, neighbourhoods are probably the most familiar to our everyday experience. It is not […]
New Paper: “The Space of Ideas: Public Art Policies and the Concept of Urban Model Spaces”
Noga Keidar and Dan Silver are excited to announce the publication of their paper in The Journal of Urban Affairs. As a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Dr. Keidar was inspired to follow public art policies in order to examine the evolution of policy ideas and explain the mechanisms behind their […]