Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair and Professor of Sociology,
City-Region Studies Centre, Faculty of Extension,
University of Alberta Edmonton Canada.
Contact: rshields (one word) -at- ualberta -dot- ca
Founder and Co-Editor, Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces and Curb Magazine.
The Henry Marshall Tory Chair is named for the first President of the University 1908-1929, first President of the National Research Council of Canada 1928-1935, and first President of Carleton College 1942-1947, now Carleton University, where I also studied and taught.
Spaces of Concern, Public Space and Scientific Insight at the nanoscale, topologies of public space and urban culture as City of Vienna Visiting Professor, SKuOR Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna Austria March-August 2014.
Next Seminar at University of Alberta:
Cities and Suburbs SOC 445-B1 Built Environments or 504-B1 Selected Topics: Cities and Suburbs. Thursdays 9-11:50am Room TBA Winter term.
Current Topics in Community, Urban and Regional Planning EXT 497/597 Students interested in gaining credit for urban and regional studies placements, conference- and community-related activities, community service and projects that treat the city as their classroom should contact me and inquire with their programs about the possibility of taking EXT 497/597 Current Topics in Community, Urban and Regional Planning (fi 6) (any term, 0-2s-1).
Space and Culture Research and Reading Group - every 2nd Friday 3pm Sept-May. Contact me for further information or subscribe to email list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subscribe in the header.
Calendar of talks and engagements.
Overview of my past work in Work of Arts (2005).
Shields, Rob and Faferek, Iwona. (2014) SMART Cities Timeline CRSC University of Alberta Faculty of Extension.
Ghimn, Y-C and Shields, Rob (2014) "An Actantial Diagram of Nanotechnology in Edmonton" Paper presented at the Semiotic Society of America (Seattle, October 2-3)Shields, Rob. (2013) Spatial Questions: Social Spatialisations and Cultural Topologies. London: Sage. 197pp.
Shields, Rob, Jones, Kevin, Petersen, Nils, Ghimn, Yun-Csang, Granzow, Michael and Herzog, Katie (2013) Citizens' Summit Report Draft, CRSC. Edmonton.
Ongoing work: Nanotechnology, community and innovation ecologies; New Spaces of Concern at nano and global scales; Nano-objects; Urban Vitures; City Regions in Prospect; Cities and Universities; Strip-Appeal for Communities; Black Vaticans - Spatialisations of alternative cultural capitals; Hurricane cities of the Caribbean; Flow Collected Papers; Visualicities etc.
Podcasts of my recent talks and video interviews of past speakers including Distinguished Visiting Scholars - Ann Game, Proboscis, Thomas Gieryn, Ken Hillis. See also CRSC link above for Regional Planning Speakers Series talks by Jennifer Keesmat, Clement Greenberg, Doug Olson, David Wolfe, Candace Vanin, Clement Demers, Ellen Dunham Jones, Jarret Walker, Michael Ronkin, Jan Gehl, Peter Clewes, Peter Newman, Anthony King, Jaime Lerner, Len Rodrigues, Randall Crane, Raymond Côté, John Loxley and many others.
Research Keywords: Strip-malls and suburban retail. Building Tomorrow: Innovation in construction and engineering, The Virtual suburbanism, architecture, urban culture, cultural theory, topology, Lifestyle Shopping: The Subject of Consumption, retail environments, Places on the Margin, Spatial Questions - social spatializations and cultural topologies, Ecologies of Affect, Cultures of Internet and cyberspace, organizational regulatory cultures, the North and sovereignty, arctic urbanization, the work of Henri Lefebvre, cultures, What is a City? New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Social Spaces: Tourism, Ethics.
Edmonton looking across the North Saskatchewan River from University of Alberta. Click on the images to display larger view (800x600 pixels). Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Campbell Scientific have installed cameras on the University of Alberta's H.M. Tory Building. The cameras record and store visual weather and river conditions every 15 minutes. Images are archived at EAS Digital Imaging Facility. Archived image dimensions are 1920x1080 pixels at 72dpi.