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Creative City Writing & Research

Over an eight year period, Mia collaborated on research on the how culture, place and economy intersect and has co-written book chapters, journal articles and an encyclopedia entry on the topic.

Between 2004 and 2011, Mia collaborated with Professor Deborah Leslie at the University of Toronto on cultural economy research. This research examined how city policy and practice intersected with numerous creative sectors, including fashion, fine & applied arts, circus arts and community arts programming.

Mia co-authored a number of pieces from this collaborative research including: a 2014 piece in the journal “Growth and Change” entitled “Crafting an antidote to fast fashion: The case of Toronto’s independent fashion design sector”; a 2013 article about how narratives of at-risk youth intersected with approaches to community arts programming in an article called “Securing the neoliberal city: Discourses of creativity and priority neighbourhoods in Toronto, Canada” in the journal “Urban Geography”; and a 2013 chapter in a book entitled “Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Economic Innovation” edited by Jill Grant. Mia and Professor Leslie also co-wrote an entry for The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home on “Home environments: Aesthetics, fashion, status”.

Her interest in how creativity and the city intersect was woven through her postdoctoral research as well, which focused on a craft-based social enterprise for marginalized women.


Other Recent Projects

Mia reviews Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban, edited by Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault. In 2015, Mia reviewed...

Cartographies of Place – Book Review

Public walks have drawn people to learn about their city, neighbourhoods and neighbours. Jane has hosted many public walks associated...

Walking Tours

WalkShops with Mall staff, local residents and stakeholders helped guide a new design for the Yorkdale Mall. In 2017, the Dept designed...

Yorkdale WalkShop

The Dept supported the Church to explore options for development planning through facilitated conversation. The United Church of...

Mississauga Futures – United Church

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