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CMHC’s first ever National Housing Conference

CMHC’s first ever National Housing Conference

In honour of National Housing Day, I’m live blogging from the National Housing Conference in Ottawa. One year after the...

Has Alexandra Elbakyan changed the academic publishing world?

Has Alexandra Elbakyan changed the academic publishing world?

Two years ago, writer Simon Oxenham at Big Think broke the story of Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan dubbed the...

U of T provides insights into PhD pathways to employment

U of T provides insights into PhD pathways to employment

Since the trend of short-term contracts began in academia in the 1990s and worsened during the Great Recession, there has been a...

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership: Income inequality in Toronto

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership: Income inequality in Toronto

I’m part of a research grant on neighbourhood changes in Canadian cities, the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, which examines the...

News from the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership: Rooming Houses

News from the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership: Rooming Houses

Are neighbourhoods, cities, and regions taking a turn for the worse? Or are they relatively stable? I’m a co-investigator on...

The transition from PhD to professor has never been more difficult

The transition from PhD to professor has never been more difficult

Last September, I took a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Even though the position...

Vancouver book launch

Vancouver book launch

Little changes mean big things for academic publishing

Little changes mean big things for academic publishing

Academic publishers have had a stranglehold on university libraries, faculty members and graduate students for decades: though many have high...

Canadian postdocs: highly skilled workers with few benefits

Canadian postdocs: highly skilled workers with few benefits

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars has recently published a report on the state of the estimated 9,000 postdocs in...

The problems with academic publishing: Part 3

The problems with academic publishing: Part 3

My last two posts have presented some of the problems with the peer-reviewed publishing process that young researchers in urban...

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