Norma M. Rantisi, PhD
Professor , Geography, Planning and Environment
Dr. Rantisi has an M.A. in Political Science (political economy; comparative politics) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.R.P. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography (economic and urban geography) at the University of Toronto. In collaboration with Dr. Deborah Leslie of the University of Toronto, she has been examining contemporary economic development policy and practice are shaping the evolution of cultural industries, as well as how neoliberal governance approaches are altering the nature and forms of work and the prospects for more equitable forms of development. Dr. Rantisi is also starting a project on women's artisanal cooperatives in the occupied Palestinian territories. She recently co-founded the online magazine Progressive City: Radical Alternatives.
Dr. Rantisi is willing to supervise theses on issues relating to workforce development, labour market restructuring, social economy enterprises, the geography and social organization of cultural industries, and restructuring in traditional manufacturing industries.
Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES)
Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy
Co-chair of Planners Network International
Economic Geography Specialty Group (AAG)
Board member of the Institut de Politique Alternative de Montreal (IPAM)
Member of editorial board, Geography Compass: Economic Geography
Member of editorial board, Progressive City: Radical Alternatives online magazine
Member of editorial board, Geoforum
Canadian Regional Science Association (CRSA)
Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
Regional Science Association International (RSAI)
Interesting Planning and Geography-related links
Planners Network: https://www.facebook.com/PlannersNetwork/
Progressive City: Radical Alternatives: https://www.facebook.com/pcityradical/
Institut de Politique Alternative de Montreal
Made in Montreal/Fait a Montreal (non-profit to promote local manufacturing)
Canadian Institute of Planners
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility
Economic Geography Specialty Group
ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies
Graduate Student Supervision (MSc)
Nil Alt Kecik, Discourses of Healthy, Sustainable and Ethical University Campus food systems. M.Sc. In progress
Jeremy Tessier, Urban Food Systems Planning in Ciudad-Juarez, Mexico, M.Sc. In progress.
Lorraine Donald, Temporary Agencies and the Rise of Low-Income Work in Montreal. M.Sc. In progress.
Ethan Ling, An Assessment of Community Benefits Agreements (co-supervised with Ted Rutland). M.Sc. Completed 2014.
Jessie Smith, The Construction of Quebec's Green Economy. M.Sc.Completed 2014.
Yuseph Katiya, Creative Hegemony? Montreal's Cultural Development Policies and the Rise of Cultural Actors as Entrepreneurial Political Elites. M.Sc. Completed 2012.
Ryan Craven, Is Ethical Fashion an Alternative Economic Space? M.Sc. Completed 2009.
Thomas Cummins-Russell, The Networks of Montreal's Independent Musicians. M.Sc. Completed 2009.
Genevieve Aboud, Sustainable Development: Actualized or Abandoned in the Efforts for Rural Economic Development in Huntingdon? M.P.P.P.A. (Geography option). Completed 2008.
Antonino Scozzari, Understanding Gentrification and its Implications for a Revitalised St. Henri. M.P.P.P.A. (Geography option). Completed 2007.
- Edensor,T., Leslie, D. Millington, S. and Rantisi, N.M. (eds.) (2009) Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. London: Routledge Press.
- Rantisi, N.M. and Leslie. D. (2015) "Circus in Action: Exploring the Role of a Translation Zone in the Cirque du Soleil's Creative Practices" Economic Geography, 91(2) 147-165.
- Rantisi, N.M. (2014) "Exploring the Role of Industry Intermediaries in the Construction of ‘Local Pipelines’ ” Journal of Economic Geography 14 (5): 955-971.
- Rantisi, N.M. (2014) "Gendering Fashion, Fashioning Fur: On the (re)production of a gendered labor market within a craft industry in transition" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(2) 223-239.
- Rantisi, N.M. and Leslie, D. (2013) "The Significance of Higher Educational Institutions as Cultural Intermediaries: The Case of Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montreal, Canada" Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.822965
- Rantisi, N.M. (2013) Review of Fashioning Globalisation: New Zealand Design, Working Women, and the Cultural Economy. by Maureen Molloy and Wendy Larner. Oxford Press. https://radicalantipode.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/book-review_rantisi-on-molloy-and-larner.pdf
- Rantisi, N.M. (2013) "Revisiting the Social Basis of Cultural Production: Who is Privileged? Who is Sidelined? What is at Stake?" Editorial for Geoforum, early online view, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.03.007.
- Nouri-Nekeoi, M. and Rantisi, N.M. (2012) "The Enduring Significance of Economic Factors for the Attraction of Creative Workers: The Case of Montreal's Video Game Industry" The Northeastern Geographer, 4, 1, pp. 1-16.
- Cummins-Russell, T. and Rantisi, N.M. (2012) "Networks and 'Place' in Montreal's Independent Music Industry" The Canadian Geographer. 56, 1, pp. 80-97.
- Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N.M. (2012) "The Rise of a New Knowledge/Creative Economy: Prospects and Challenges for Economic Development, Class Inequality and Work" in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography, edited by Trevor Barnes, Jamie Peck and Eric Sheppard. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 158-171.
- Rantisi, N.M. (2011) "The Prospects and Perils of Creating a Viable Fashion Identity." Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 15 (2), pp. 259-266.
- Shearmur, R. and Rantisi, N.M. (2011) "Montreal: Rising Again from the Same Ashes" in Canadian Urban Regions: Trajectories of Growth and Change, edited by Larry S. Bourne, Tom Hutton, Richard Shearmur and Jim Simmons. Oxford University Press.