[tugs] WEDNESDAY Dr. James Dunn - 2nd candidate, Urban Geography

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  • Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 16:04:19 -0500

The Research Talk for the second candidate for the Urban Geography Assistant 
Professor position has been announced (details below). 

All undergrads are strongly encouraged to attend and provide their input to 
the selection committee.


Dr. James Dunn, the 2nd candidate for the Urban Geography
position, will be visiting the Department on 


Metropolitan Income Inequality,Socio-Spatial Differentiation and
the Geographical Structuring of Life Chances and Health in North
American Cities

The rapid increase in income distribution witnessed in Canada and the
United States in the 1990s has prompted concern about its effects.
One body of recent research has suggested that places characterized
by an unequal distribution of income are likely to have poorer
population health (as well as greater violent crime). A comparative
study, however, shows that while income inequality is related to poorer
population health in U.S. metropolitan areas, no such relationship
exists in Canadian cities. This presentation will: 1) examine possible
explanations for this ?Canadian paradox?, with particular emphasis on
Canada-U.S. differences in practices, policies and structures that
exacerbate or buffer the effects of poverty and inequality at multiple
scales, including the national and sub-national, but focusing on
metropolitan and neighbourhood factors; and 2) present a partial test
of the hypothesis that income inequality and health are associated
because unequal places are systematically less likely to invest in
human capital. This latter objective is investigated with an analysis of
the effect that spending by U.S. state and local governments has on
the relationship between income inequality and premature mortality.
The findings suggest that state and local government services may
have the capacity to shape life chances, and health chances, in
important ways. The presentation concludes with recommendations
for future research at the interface of urban inequality, public services /
finance, and neighbourhood life, and the consequences of these
factors on unequal life chances.


Dr. Monica Varsanyi, the final candidate for the Urban Geography Position will 
be holding a research talk on Friday, February 11th at 9:30am in SS2125.

Full details and abstract to follow shortly.


Candidates for the Assistant Professor position in Physical Geography have 
been announced:

Dr. Nathan Basiliko - PDF in Forest Science at UBC 
Dr. Sarah Finkelstein - PDF at Carelton University 
Dr. Emma Watson - PDF at Environment Canada 

The candidate research talks will be held after reading week - date/time and 
abstract information to follow

If you have any questions about the Assistant Professor search, contact 
Visit the TUGS website: www.geog.utoronto.ca/info/tugs


Roza Tchoukaleyska

TUGS - President 
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