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Professor Meric Gertler FBA

Urban and regional economic change, North America, Europe; innovation theory, policy and geography; institutions, industrial practices, national and regional modes of governance; creativity, cities and economic dynamism; universities and cities
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About this Fellow

Meric S. Gertler is the 16th President of the University of Toronto. A Professor of Geography and Planning, and the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies at U of T, he is one of the world's foremost urban theorists and policy practitioners. President Gertler has served as an advisor to local, regional and national governments in Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as to international agencies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris) and the European Union. He has authored or edited seven books, including Manufacturing Culture: The Institutional Geography of Industrial Practice and The Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography (with Gordon Clark and Maryann Feldman). He and has held visiting appointments at Oxford, University College London, UCLA, and the University of Oslo. A graduate of McMaster University (BA), the University of California, Berkeley (MCP) and Harvard University (PhD), he was awarded an honorary doctor of philosophy from Lund University, Sweden in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He received the Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography from the Canadian Association of Geographers in 2007, and both the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley and the Distinguished Scholarship Honor from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in 2014. In December 2015, President Gertler was appointed to the Order of Canada.

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Appointments

Current post

  • President, University of Toronto

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Professor Daniel Miller

Anthropology of Social Media and Digital Anthropology. Anthropological approaches to material culture including clothing and homes; the role of objects in relationships; the process of consumption and the study of commerce and value

Professor Susan Smith

Unequal geographies. The dynamics and integration of housing, mortgage and financial markets; the uneven geographies of credit and investment risks in housing; the uneasy encounter between market mechanisms and an ethic of care

Professor Paul Cloke

Geographies of rural change and nature-society relations; geographies of ethics, with expertise in homelessness, ethical consumption, and the role of faith-based organisations in tackling social exclusion

Professor Patsy Healey

The theory and practice of urban planning and place governance, particularly with respect to strategic spatial planning, and urban regeneration practices; empirical work primarily in Europe (including the UK)

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