Plenary Speakers

Byron Miller’s recent work focuses on the spatial constitution of social movements, urban governance and governmentality, and the politics of urban sustainability. He worked as an urban planner for the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, in the early 1980s, spent three years living and studying in Freiburg, Germany, in the late 1980s, and taught at the University of Cincinnati (1993-2000), before taking his current position at the University of Calgary where he coordinates the Urban Studies Program. He teaches courses on urbanisation and urban planning, urban social geography, urban politics and governance, globalization, and field courses on urban sustainability in Europe. He is the author of Geography and Social Movements (2000) on the University of Minnesota Press, and co-editor (with Walter Nicholls and Justin Beaumont) of Spaces of Contention: Spatialities of Social Movements (2013) on Ashgate. He recently co- edited a special issue of Urban Geography on “The City as a Space of Politicization” in which he co-authored, with Walter Nicholls, “Social Movements in Urban Society: the City as a Space of Politicization.” He is also co-author of two chapters in the forthcoming book, The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta: First World Petro-Politics.

Introductory Comments

David Wilson is currently investigating projects pivoting around the political economy of the U.S. city. Specific projects examine the politics of urban growth regimes in Midwest cities, the politics of competing discursive formations that generate gentrified neighborhoods and poverty communities, and the racializing of the contemporary urban issues of crime and city growth. At the moment, he serves on the editorial boards of Urban Geography, Professional Geographer, Social and Cultural Geography, Syracuse University Press (Society, Space, and Place Book Series), Inter-Cultural Studies, the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography project and Acme: International Journal for Critical Geography.