‘On The Move, Always in One Place’: Social Dynamics of Homelessness and Houselessness in the Urbanizing North
Friday, Jan. 11, 3-4 p.m.
Dr. Julia Christensen, Dept. of Geography and Canada Research Chair will present. Abstract: In this Blue Box seminar, I draw on a number of recent research engagements to conceptualize the social dynamics of homelessness and houselessness in the urbanizing North. Firstly, I explore the role of rural-urban unevenness and urbanization policies and their significance to the mobility and housing options of northerners experiencing homelessness. Secondly, I examine the constrained housing markets in northern urbanizing centres, and the emergence of private and public rental housing monopolies, and introduce a collaborative graphic design project with housing advocates. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which these monopolies frame the implementation of transitional housing and Housing First programs. Bringing together these two dimensions of northern housing insecurity, I argue for more fervent efforts towards community-led, and contextually- and culturally relevant, supportive housing approaches.
Presented by Department of Geography