À PROPOS Chercheurs associés André SORENSEN


University of Toronto

André Sorensen is Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto. His monograph The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and Planning from Edo to the 21st Century (Routledge 2002) won the book prize of the International Planning History Society in 2004. His paper 'Taking Path Dependence Seriously’ (2015) published in Planning Perspectives 30(1)p.17-38, won the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Best Paper Award in 2016. He has published over 60 journal papers, chapters, and books. His current research examines urban institutions, and temporal processes in urbanization and urban governance from a comparative historical institutional perspective, with a focus on urban land and property development, infrastructure management, and the creation of increasingly differentiated property rights in urban settings.

Research themes: Urban Institutions, Urbanization, Urban Governance

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Collaboration with FFJ

Associate researcher to Theme 4

André Sorensen is associate researcher to the Theme 4 of FFJ: “Rethinking Global Cities”. In 2018 he participated to the conference “Tokaido Megalopolis - Developmental State Urbanism from Growth to Shrinkage” to examine the challenges posed by megaregions from the perspective of an analysis of the Tokaido Megalopolis, the first case of this urban scale in Asia. He also published a Research Statement on the same topic.

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Selection of publications

Sorensen, A. (2017). National Urban Systems in an Era of Transnationalism. Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Readers Guide. A. Bain and L. Peake. (eds.). Oxford, London, New York, Oxford University Press.

Sorensen, A. (2016). ‘Periurbanization as the institutionalization of place: The case of Japan.’ Cities 51: 1-7

Sorensen, A. and J. Okata (eds.) 2011. ‘Megacities, Urban Form, Governance, and Sustainability.’ Tokyo, Springer Verlag. 418 pages