Nathan McClintock

Nathan McClintock

Sidney Smith Hall, Room SS5017 | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

Producing Space: The Everyday Politics and Governance of Urban Agriculture in Portland and Vancouver

Co-sponsored by The Culinaria Research Centre

In this talk, I provide an overview of a collaborative book project culminating from a three-year study of urban agriculture in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, BC, two cities renowned for their innovations in urban sustainability. Through our comparative study of food production in the two cities, we reveal how formal policy-making and the everyday practices and knowledges that produce urban agricultural spaces can both reproduce and contest the entrepreneurial logics of so-called sustainable cities and the eco-gentrification that has become a defining characteristic of green urbanism.

About the speaker: Nathan McClintock is Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University and an editor of Urban Geography. He is on sabbatical this year in Montreal, where he is a Visiting Scholar at Concordia University and Professeur visiteur at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His work on urban agriculture, uneven development, and environmental justice has appeared in a range of geography, planning, and food studies journals and edited volumes.