Alexandra Flynn

Alexandra Flynn
Assistant Professor


Alexandra Flynn is an Assistant Professor in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto (Scarborough). She teaches and researches in the areas of urban governance, property, and civic engagement. Her latest project is called “The Landscape of Local in Toronto’s Governance Model” and focuses on the overlapping geographies and governance of city space, including the formal and informal bodies that represent residents. She recently began a SSHRC-funded project examining the relationship between indigenous and municipal governments in planning matters. In addition to her academic work, Professor Flynn has over ten years of experience as a lawyer representing First Nations and as a senior policy official at the City of Toronto where she focused on intergovernmental relations. She has a long history of volunteer work, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Education Ontario and as a member of the Shared Path Consultation Initiative, which provides educational resources related to Indigenous-municipal planning.

You can follow Professor Flynn on Twitter at: @alexandraeflynn

Interview with Professor Flynn

Research Interests: 

-    Legal geography
-    Property law
-    Urban governance
-    Civic engagement
-    Urban policy

Awards and Grants: 

-    Indigenous–municipal consultation in local planning processes, SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017-19)
-    Indigenous–municipal consultation in local planning processes, University of Toronto Excellence Award, Vice-President Research, UTSC (2017)
-    Deepening Partnerships with City Hall, Service Learning Teaching Grants, UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning (2016)
-    Planning Together: The Shared Path Consultation Initiative Legal and Educational Resources Development Project, Law Foundation of Ontario Responsive Grant (2016) – with Dr. Heather Dorries (Carleton)


-    “Reimagining Toronto’s Community Councils: Strategies for Bottom-Up Decision-Making in Municipal Governance” (to be published by the Journal of Law and Social Policy in July 2017).
-    “Cycling and the City: Performativity in Local Decision-Making” (2016) 37 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 98.
-    Review of Kirk N. Lambrecht’s “Aboriginal Consultation, Environmental Assessment, and Regulatory Review in Canada” (2016) 33:2 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 235.
-    Review of Mariana Valverde's "Everyday Law on the Street: City Governance in an Age of Diversity" in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 50(4) (Summer 2013).
-    Review of: "Rehumanizing Law: A Theory of Law and Democracy” in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 27(2) (August 2012).
-    “Taxpapers or Government?  Default as Determinant in Canadian and U.S. Supreme Court Tax Decisions” in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, 38(3) (September 2005).