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Ted Rutland, PhD

Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Ted Rutland, PhD
Office: S-V 303 
V Annex,
2110 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2053

I am an urban social and cultural geographer. Most of my work examines how cities are understood and governed in modernity, and how white supremacy installed itself, and endures, as a foundation of urban thought and practice. This work aims to show how racism, rather than something that simply occurs in cities, is woven into the very making of cities and how combating racism, therefore, requires fundamental changes to the way that cities are understood and governed.

Empirically, this work has involved a sustained examination of modern urban planning, urban development, urban policing/security, and social movements in North American cities. My 2018 book, Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth Century Halifax, carries these concerns through more than a century of urban history in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My current research focuses on Montréal, and a series of issues related to housing, urban security, and policing, especially the city's multi-pronged war on "street gangs."

I am interested in supervising 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. 2018. Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax. Toronto, University of Toronto Press.


Rutland, T. 2020. Profiling the future: the long struggle against police racial profiling in Montreal. American Review of Canadian Studies, forthcoming.

Rutland, T. 2017. Canadian urban planning at 150Historical Geography, 45: 107-110.

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

Book chapters

Khalil, S, and Rutland, T. 2019. La ville anti-Noir: La sécurité urbaine et les "après-vies" de l'esclavage à Montréal. In H. Bélanger and D. Lapointe (Eds.) Perspectives critiques et analyse territoriale. Montreal: Presses de l'Université du Québec.

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


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.

Print media

Rutland, T. 2019. Profilage racial: Au-delà de l'échec des solutions du passéRevue de la Ligue des Droits et Libertés, automne: 35-37.

Rutland, T. 2019. Les fausses promesses de l'urbanismeUrbanité, automne: 17-18.

Rutland, T. 2018. L'urbanisme et l'hospitalité ontologique: comment nos villes on crée les conditions d'exclusion. Liberté, 322: 32-33.


Video: Displacing Blackness book launch

Audio: Presentation on gentrification and white ignorance

Audio: Interview on gentrification and housing struggles

Audio: Interview on gentrification and condo conversions

Audio: Interview about race and planning in Halifax

Audio: Interview about planning and black history in Nova Scotia

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