I'm a social anthropologist whose work focuses on the social, spatial and cultural dynamics of cities. For my doctoral research, I used ethnographic methods to investigate public sociability, the mobilization of ethnicity and the production of space in commercial streets in multiethnic neighbourhoods in Montréal. I'm currently extending this work to explore the production of urban public spaces in Halifax, looking in particular at diversity and inclusion, urban material culture and art, and the relationship of public spaces to other urban spaces and the city as a whole. My ongoing areas of interest are urban anthropology, the anthropology of space and place, immigration and interethnic relations and theories of cosmopolitanism. I'm also interested in interdisciplinary and applied research: I'm currently working with colleagues at NSCAD University (a fine arts university) and I have in the past conducted evaluations of social inclusion in high schools and police-community relations in the UK. Publications include Feeling Comfortable?: The Urban Experience of Anglo-Montrealers (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000, also published in French), recent book chapters on commercial streets, cosmopolitanism and multicultural heritage in urban public space. I contributed to and co-edited with Xavier Leloup Les nouveaux territoires de l’ethnicité (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008).
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