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 new research project that explores precarious employment in the construction trades of three cities: Toronto, Canada, Chiang Mai, Thailand 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 in the construction trades. We hope to help make lasting connections with those working for positive change in cities across the Global North and South.

This web site is the virtual home for the project, so please check back regularly to find working papers, news about the project’s findings and upcoming conferences and workshops in London and Toronto. Please feel free to join our mailing list or follow @urbznfrombelow on Twitter for periodic updates about the project.

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