Liette Gilbert

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

My research interests are articulated around two poles: Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship (multicultural cities and identities; politics of difference in the city; neoliberalisation of immigration policy; social justice, media representations of immigration and multiculturalism, and North American border politics) and Urban and Environmental Politics (planning, design and urbanism; exurban growth and environmental conservation; political ecology of landscapes; and environmental justice).

My research examines the oppositional struggles and alternative narratives or claims voiced by marginalized people as a form of resistance and expressions of citizenships. Both my teaching and research are anchored in a critical analysis of the conventional and marginalizing processes of urban development. My interest in studying the social and political economy of the built environment is particularly focused on the spatial representations of economic domination in relation to the changing forms of social organizations and the implications for equity, justice and democratic participation in multicultural societies. My study of the multicultural and urban discourses and practices is based on a theoretical and methodological approach considering the incongruities between ideologies, policies and everyday practices.


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Keywords: Immigration, multiculturalism, citizenship