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Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Canada

Roger Keil is Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, where he has also held roles as the Director of the university’s Cities Institute and a position as a York University Research Chair. researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance. A leading scholar of urbanization, Keil recently published Suburban Planet (Polity), has been the overall editor for University of Toronto Press book series on ‘Global Suburbanisms’ and author and editor of many other texts including The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge, with Xuefei Ren). His own research, published in a series of papers in Urban Geography, EPD, Progress in Human Geography and JUA recently, directly speaks to the governance and planning challenges in sub/urbanizing regions, especially in regard to infectious disease preparedness and response, sustainability and urban political ecology. Keil is co-editor, with Judy Branfman of Public Los Angeles: A Private City's Activist Futures (UGAPress 2020), co-author (with S.Harris Ali and Creighton Connolly of the forthcoming Pandemic Urbanism (Polity), and co-editor, (with Kaika, Mandler and Tzaninis) of Turning Up the Heat (MUP). The editor of the Global Suburbanisms book series with University of Toronto Press he has also co-edited Suburban Governance: A Global View (with Pierre Hamel), Massive Suburbanization (with K. Murat Güney and Murat Üçoğlu) as well as the forthcoming After Suburbia (UTP with Fulong Wu)in that series.


  • –present
    Professor and former director, the CITY Institute, York University, Canada