Migrant Construction Workers and Contemporary City-Building

Who is building cities in the twenty-first century, and under what conditions?

urbanization-logo-originalThis question forms the basis for a research project that explores precarious employment in the construction and renovations sectors in Toronto, Canada and London, UK. In particular, this project investigates and compares the factors that make migrant workers – many of whom tend to be employed in low-waged segments of the trades – vulnerable to employment insecurity and exploitation. This project is a collaboration between scholars in the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough in Canada and the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford in the UK.

This website reflects our interest in developing a network of academics, activists, workers, service providers and policy-makers working to foster fair, decent and secure work for those who build and transform urban built environments.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for this project.