Concordia University

Ted Rutland, PhD

Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Office: S-H 1255-43 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2053
Website(s): Profile

I am an urban, social, and cultural geographer. Most of my work examines how people and spaces are understood and managed in modern cities. I am interested in how new ways of understanding people and spaces come into being; how these understandings are influenced by prevailing social hierarchies (e.g., those related to race, class, and gender); and how, as a result, these understandings improve the lives of some people and worsen those of others. The work, in other words, is to trace how dominant forms of knowledge are implicated in the creation of various social injustices and how they marginalize other forms of knowledge that, in contrast, might make possible a more livable and liberatory society.

In more practical terms, this research has involved a sustained examination of modern urban planning, urban development, urban policing/security, and social movements in North American (and particularly Canadian) cities. My forthcoming book, Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth Century Halifax, carries these concerns through more than a century of history in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The book seeks to draw connections between urban history/geography and Black Studies, showing how modern conceptions of "the human" have been shaped by anti-blackness (as Black scholars, since Fanon, have frequently argued) and how planning's efforts to improve human life have, consequently, been racialized in both their conception and effects. My more recent research has focused on Montréal, and a series of issues related to housing, tenants' rights, urban security, and policing.

I am interested in supervising critically oriented masters and PhD research on the city of Montréal, especially research concerned with policing and housing in the post-1970s period.

Teaching activities

Selected publications


Rutland, T. Forthcoming. Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax. Toronto, University of Toronto Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

Rutland, T. 2016. Deux formes de discrimination territoriale à Halifax. In C. Lelévrier et al. (Eds) Discrimination territoriales: usages et enjeux de la notion. Paris, L'Oeil d'or.

Rutland, T. 2015. Enjoyable life: planning, amenity, and the contested terrain of urban biopolitics. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(5): 850-868.

Rutland, T. 2015. "The city is an apartment house": property, improvement, and dispossession in early twentieth-century Halifax, Nova Scotia. Urban Geography, 36(3): 359-384.

Rutland, T. 2013. "Where the little life unfolds": women's citizenship, moral regulation, and the production of scale in early twentieth-century Halifax, Nova Scotia. Journal of Historical Geography, 42: 167–179.

Rutland, T. 2013. Activists in the making: urban movements, political processes, and the creation of political subjects. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(3): 989-1011.

Rutland, T. 2013. Energizing environmental concern in Portland, Oregon. In B. Miller, W. Nicholls, and J. Beaumont (Eds.) Spaces of Contention. Brookfield, MA: Ashgate.

Rutland, T. 2010. The financialization of urban redevelopment. Geography Compass, 4 (8): 1167-1178.

Rutland, T, and Aylett, A. 2008. The work of policy: actor-networks, governmentality, and local action on climate change in Portland, Oregon. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26(4): 627-646.


Comité logement de la Petite Patrie et Laboratoire Urbain de l'Université Concordia. 2014. La conversion en condos et la copropriété indivise dans le quartier de la Petite Patrie.


Audio: Presentation on gentrification and white ignorance

Audio: Interview on gentrification and housing struggles

Audio: Interview on gentrification and condo conversions

Video: Introduction to the film, The Pruit-Igoe Myth

Audio: Interview about race and planning in Halifax

Audio: Interview about planning and black history in Nova Scotia

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