My research centres on the role of sustainability in the context of spatial planning, development, and redevelopment practices in urban communities and neighbourhoods. My research examines the actors, interests and motives in the adoption of sustainability principles and practices within urban communities and neighbourhoods and explores socio-environmental discourses, sustainability planning, and strategies for socio-environmental justice and change. I am interested in the local politics of land use, socio-environmental contestations over local spaces - particularly those caused by gentrification - and more hopeful community-based methods for affordable, accessible, and sustainable land stewardship. I examine these processes in cities in Canada, Britain, and the United States.
- Sustainable urban communities
- Urban spatial planning and development
- Environmental gentrification
- Socio-environmental spaces and land uses in cities
- Community-based development and engagement
- Urban community and neighbourhood land uses
I emphasize class participation and discussion as a teaching approach and specialize in experiential learning and service learning. I teach a C level course in service learning (CITC02) where students learn about community-based planning and development in a local Scarborough neighbourhood through service placements with non-profit organizations and service agencies.
Undergraduate Teaching 2017/2018:
CITB03: Social Planning and Community Development (Winter term)
CITC02: Learning in Community Service (Winter term)
Graduate Teaching 2017/2018:
JPG 1812: Planning for Change: Community Development in Practice (Full year)
Awards and Grants:
- 2013-, Co-Applicant – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, “Crossing Boundaries: Encounters with Urban Wildlife in the Greater Toronto Area” (Principal Investigator - Dr. Susan Ruddick, University of Toronto), $179,590
- 2013-, Co-Applicant – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, “Public-Private Partnerships in Urban Governance” (Principal Investigator – Dr. Mariana Valverde, University of Toronto), $98,000
2009-2014, Principal Investigator - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant "Planning for Urban
Community Land Trusts" - $49, 717
Bunce, S. (Forthcoming, January 2018). Sustainability Policy, Planning, and Gentrification in Cities Earthscan/Routledge, Abingdon, UK.
Bunce, S. and Aslam, F.C. (2016). Bunce, S. & Aslam, F.C. (2016). Land Trusts and the Protection and Stewardship of Land in Canada: Exploring Non-Governmental Land Trust Practices and the Role of Urban Community Land Trusts Canadian Journal of Urban Research 25(2), 23-34.
Bunce, S. (2016) Pursuing Urban Commons: Politics and Alliances in Community Land Trust Activism in East London Antipode 48(1), 134-150.
Bunce, S. and Allahwala, A. (2013). Community-University Partnerships: Building Collaboration and Reciprocity Between Campus and Community Journal of Geography 112(2).
Allahwala, A. and Bunce, S. (2013). Introduction to Symposium Issue: Building and Sustaining Reciprocal Community-University Partnerships in Marginalized Urban Areas: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in Geography Journal of Geography 112(2), 43-57.
Bunce, S. (2011). Public-Private Sector Alliances in Sustainable Waterfront Revitalization: Policy, planning, and design in the West Don Lands in: Desfor, G. and Laidley, J. (eds.) Re-shaping Toronto’s Waterfront University of Toronto Press, Toronto. pp. 287-304.
Bunce, S. (2009). Developing Sustainability: Sustainability policy and gentrification on Toronto’s waterfront Local Environment: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 14 (7), 651-667
Moore, S. and Bunce, S. (2009). Delivering Sustainable Buildings and Communities: Eclipsing social concerns through private sector-led urban regeneration and development Local Environment: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 14(7), 601-606
Bunce, S. and Desfor, G. (2007). Guest Editorial: Introduction to Political Ecologies of Urban Waterfront Transformations. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 24(4), 251-258
Cowen, D. and Bunce, S. (2006). Competitive Cities and Secure Nations: Conflict and convergence in urban waterfront agendas after 9/11 International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30(2), 427-439
Bunce, S. (2004). The Emergence of ‘Smart Growth’ Intensification in Toronto: Environment and economy in the new Official Plan Local Environment: An International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 9(2), 177-19
B.A.(Hon.) University of Guelph – 1994
M.E.S.(PL.) York University – 1999
Ph.D. York University – 2008