Producing Space: The Everyday Politics and Governance of Urban Agriculture in Portland and Vancouver

Dr. Nathan McClintock

March 29, 2019 - 15:00 to 17:00

U of T St George Campus, 100 st George street, Sidney Smith Hall, Rm 5017

In this talk, I provide an overview of a collaborative book project culminating from a three-year study of urban agriculture in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, BC, two cities renowned for their innovations in urban sustainability. Through our comparative study of food production in the two cities, we reveal how formal policymaking and the everyday practices and knowledges that produce urban agricultural spaces can both reproduce and contest the entrepreneurial logics of so-called sustainable cities and the eco-gentrification that has become a defining characteristic of green urbanism.

Nathan McClintock is Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University and an editor of Urban Geography. He is on sabbatical this year in Montreal, where he is a Visiting Scholar at Concordia University and Professeur visiteur at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His work on urban agriculture, uneven development, and environmental justice has appeared in a range of geography, planning, and food studies journals and edited volumes.