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Martin Danyluk, PhD

Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Martin Danyluk, PhD
© Concordia University. Photo by Lisa Graves.

I am a geographer and urban planner. My work focuses on infrastructure, housing, and transportation, exploring how intersecting forms of inequality are produced and contested in cities.

My doctoral research examined the webs of violence and conflict that surround the movement of goods through the global capitalist economy. I studied these dynamics in the context of the expansion of the Panama Canal, opened in June 2016 to some of the world’s largest cargo ships. In connection with the canal expansion, port cities throughout the Western Hemisphere were transformed. Local and national governments, port authorities, and actors in the shipping, logistics, and real estate industries invested in infrastructure and forged new alliances to position their regions as strategic nodes within a shifting geography of transnational trade. My research took me to Panama City, Los Angeles, and New York—three of the busiest container ports in the Americas—to explore the reorganization of commodity flows and the political struggles it is provoking over land, labour, and the environment.

Before coming to Concordia, I was a policy analyst at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and an assistant professor of geography at the University of Nottingham. I have a PhD in geography and an MSc in urban planning from the University of Toronto.


URBS 230—Urbanization: Global and Historical Perspectives
URBS 380—Urban and Regional Economic Development
URBS 470—Public Infrastructure Finance for Planners

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Martine August, Dan Cohen, Martin Danyluk, Amanda Kass, C. S. Ponder, and Emily Rosenman. 2022. “Reimagining Geographies of Public Finance.” Progress in Human Geography 46 (2): 527–48.
Martin Danyluk. 2021. “Supply-Chain Urbanism: Constructing and Contesting the Logistics City.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111 (7): 2149–64.
Martin Danyluk. 2019. “Fungible Space: Competition and Volatility in the Global Logistics Network.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 43 (1): 94–111.
Charmaine Chua, Martin Danyluk, Deborah Cowen, and Laleh Khalili. 2018. “Introduction: Turbulent Circulation: Building a Critical Engagement with Logistics.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36 (4): 617–29.
Martin Danyluk. 2018. “Capital’s Logistical Fix: Accumulation, Globalization, and the Survival of Capitalism.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36 (4): 630–47.
Martin Danyluk. 2015. “Dreaming Other Worlds: Commodity Culture, Mass Desire, and the Ideology of Inception.” Rethinking Marxism 27 (4): 601–10.
Rod MacRae, Joe Nasr, James Kuhns, Lauren Baker, Russ Christiansen, Martin Danyluk, Abra Snider, Eric Gallant, Penny Kaill-Vinish, Marc Michalak, Janet Oswald, Sima Patel, and Gerda Wekerle. 2012. “Could Toronto Provide 10% of Its Fresh Vegetable Requirements from within Its Own Boundaries? Part II, Policy Supports and Program Design.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 2 (2): 147–69.

Edited Collection

Charmaine Chua, Martin Danyluk, Deborah Cowen, and Laleh Khalili, eds. 2018. “Turbulent Circulation: Building a Critical Engagement with Logistics.” Special issue, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36 (4).

Book Chapter

Katie Mazer, Martin Danyluk, Elise Hunchuck, and Deborah Cowen. 2019. “Mapping a Many-Headed Hydra: Transnational Infrastructures of Extraction and Resistance.” In Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement, edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon, 354–81. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Book Reviews

Martin Danyluk. 2011. Review of Edible Action: Food Activism and Alternative Economics, by Sally Miller. Agriculture and Human Values 28 (1): 143–44.

Media appearances

2023. “St. Lawrence Seaway Shut Down as Workers Go on Strike.” Interview by Phil Carpenter. Global News, October 22.
2022. “The Hidden Costs of Containerization.” Interview by Amir Khafagy. American Prospect, February 2.
2021. “What’s Next for Supply Chains?” Interview by John Lewis. 360° City (podcast), December 21. Audio, 34:35.

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