Discoveries in the Making
Managing the melting pot
Modern cities are more culturally diverse than at any time in human history, as urban landscapes teem with individuals representing a wide range of living standards, social attitudes, and lifestyle choices. University of Ottawa social geographer Brian Ray explores the way people organize their everyday lives in busy Canadian cities, looking specifically at groups such as immigrants or refugees living in ethnically distinct neighbourhoods, where they could be at risk of becoming isolated from mainstream society and denied many of the advantages of living in this country. By looking at how some parts of the population become physically and economically marginalized, his work can help municipal authorities understand the underlying causes of these conditions, as well as actions that might prevent the emergence of major social problems.
Brian Ray, Department of Geography
Phone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1044