A new interdisciplinary research lab at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences is seeking to promote multi-disciplinary discussions about urban spaces and the processes that create and affect them. Civil Law’s Professor Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Common Law’s Professor João Velloso, and the Faculty of Law’s Assistant Dean of Research, Dr. Cintia Quiroga, will join with other researchers from law, social sciences and arts as inaugural members of the new Interdisciplinary Research Lab on Cities and Contemporary Urban Processes.
Directed by Professor Vincent Mirza, Professor of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the objective of the lab is to foster interdisciplinary discussions about urban issues and issues related to cities. With more than 50% of the world’s population now living in cities, traditional demographic, ecological, and infrastructural challenges are evolving to create new problems and new opportunities. As cities struggle with issues such as how to house growing urban populations, the processes that lead to urbanization need to be re-thought and new conditions need to be understood.
The Interdisciplinary Research Lab on Cities and Contemporary Urban Processes will create a collective space welcoming researchers and students grappling with these issues, encouraging the exchange of ideas and the development of future research projects.