John Hannigan

John Hannigan, a man with white hair and glasses
Telephone number
(416) 287-7306
Building HL 462

Professor Hannigan’s research focuses on environmental sociology, notably the future prospects for deep oceans; the sociology of risk and global disasters; and the political economy of urban entertainment and leisure sites. He served for five years as Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, in the tri-campus Department of Sociology. From 2000-2003 he was Secretary of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA). Professor Hannigan has published six books: Environmental Sociology (1995, 2006, 2014, 2022), translated into Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese; Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern Metropolis (1998); Disasters Without Borders: The International Politics of Natural Disasters (2012); The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans (2015); The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies (2017), co-edited with Greg Richards; Rise of the Spectacular: America in the 1950s (2021). He currently serves as Associate Chair, Faculty and Research, in the UTSC Department of Sociology.


Ph.D., Ohio State University

Teaching Interests

  • Environment and Society

  • Urban Cultural Policies

  • Sociology of the Arctic

Research Interests

  • Sociology of the Environment

  • Geopolitics and Culture of Deep Oceans

  • Political Economy of Spectacular Urban Spaces

Recent Publications

  • Environmental Sociology [4th revised edition] (London and New York: Routledge, 2022).

  • Rise of the Spectacular: America in the 1950s (London and New York: Routledge, 2021).

  • 2020. “Media and the Environmental Movement in a Digital Age.” In Katherine Legun, Julie C. Keller, Michael Carolan and Michael M. Bell (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology [Volume 1] (Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 197-205.

  • 2017. “Toward a Sociology of Oceans.” Canadian Review of Sociology 54(1): 8-27.

  • The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2015).