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Centre for Urban and
Community Studies
University of Toronto
455 Spadina Ave.
Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2G8

(416) 978-2072
(416) 978-7162


Toronto Neighbourhoods Research Network

Research, Policy, Programs, Practice

TNRN Convenors
David Hulchanski, Cities Centre & Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Jim Dunn, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital

The study of neighbourhoods encompasses research on social change, housing and built form, retailing and local economic development, employment patterns, social service provision, culture, immigrant settlement, public health, crime and safety, environmental health, local politics and more.

No single researcher, discipline or institution can encompass all the important aspects of neighbourhood change affecting today's cities. Research that informs policy making and program administration requires a range of expertise.

The TNRN is a network of researchers from universities, governments, social agencies, and community organizations whose work focuses on neighbourhoods in the greater Toronto area.

The aim is to connect individuals and agencies actively engaged in policy- and program-relevant research on neighbourhoods, to share and disseminate data, research methods, and findings.

The network meets four times a year and maintains an e-mail distribution list. The meetings and the distribution list allow for networking, sharing and distributing information, promoting research collaborations, defining research agendas, identifying sources of research funding, and making better use of research knowledge to shape policy and programs.

The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto's Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005. By J. David Hulchanski, University of Toronto.
For the December 2010 report, click here
For the media release, click here

From the Neighbourhood Change Community University Research Alliance
Toronto Divided? Polarizing Trends that Could Split the City Apart, 1970 to 2005
2006 Census Update of Research Bulletin #41 maps & data
Toronto's City #3: A Profile of Four Groups of Neighbourhoods
Policy Options for Maintaining Good-quality, Socially Mixed, Inclusive Neighbourhoods (discussion paper)
Neighbourhood Trends in "Divided Cities" (annotated bibliography of the research literature)

Special TNRN Seminar, May 15, 2008
Interpretations of "Social Mix" & Neighbourhood Revitalization:
International Experience, Research and Perspectives

Click here for PDF of the presentation


Meeting dates and locations are posted here.
All meetings are on Monday mornings, starting at 9:30am (with coffee available at 9am). They end by noon.
As of 2009, the TNRN will meet four times a year (rather than five).


November 28, 2011
September 19, 2011
May 16, 2011
February 14, 2011


December 15, 2010 @ Faculty of Social Work,
UofT, 246 Bloor St W.
September 20, 2010 @ Toronto Arts Council, 141 Bathurst St.
May 17, 2010 @ Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 3.
February 22, 2010 @ Wellesley Institute,
45 Charles Street East, Suite 101


December 7, 2009 @ United Way of Greater Toronto, 26 Wellington St. East, 2nd Floor, Toronto
September 21, 2009 @ WoodGreen Community Services
May 25, 2009 @ Community Social Planning Council, 2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
February 23, 2009 @ Wellesley Institute, 45 Charles Street East, Suite 101


November 24, 2008 @ United Way of Greater Toronto
September 22, 2008 @ Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
June 9, 2008 @ Ryerson University School of Journalism
March 10, 2008 @ Cities Centre, University of Toronto
January 14, 2008 @ Family Service Association


November 26, 2007 @ Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
September 24, 2007 @ Centre for Research on Inner City Health,
St. Michaels Hospital
June 11, 2007 @ Wellesley Institute
March 5, 2007 @ United Way of Greater Toronto


November 27, 2006 @Centre for Urban and Community Studies,

September 25, 2006 @Centre for Urban and Community Studies, UofT

Email Distribution List

The e-mail distribution list for the TNRN is open to all. To put your name on the list and receive news about the network and updates on research projects and publications relating to neighbourhood research, send your request to:

This is a distribution list, not a discussion group. You will receive periodic information about events relating to Toronto's neighbourhoods and about resources and activities of TNRN participants. You can send items for distribution to this e-mail address, though the administrator reserves the right to make judgements about relevancy in order to keep the number of e-mails to a minimum.


The TNRN is not a membership organization. Researchers participate by attending networking meetings and contributing updates on their work at the meetings.

Participants in the network are not delegates from or representatives of their organizations. The TNRN does not provide direct support for research projects. It is not a membership organization or coalition. It does not take positions on issues or advocate policies.

CURA: Gentrification &
Inclusive Communities

Toronto Neighbourhoods Research Network

Strategic Lobbying 101

Rent Regulation Options

Housing and Child Welfare

Participatory Research Resources
The TNRN brings together researchers from government, social agencies, community organizations, and universities.

City of Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services
Toronto Community
Housing Corporation

Toronto Central Local
Health Integration Network

Toronto District School Board
Toronto Public Health
Ontario Ministry of
Children & Youth Services

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

United Way
of Greater Toronto

Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre
Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital
Community Social
Planning Council

Council of Agencies
Serving South Asians

St. Christopher House
Wellesley Institute

Centre for Urban and Community Studies, UofT
Centre for Urban
Health Initiatives, UofT

City Institute, York U
Geography, UofT
Geography, York U
Nutritional Sciences, UofT
Planning, UofT
Ryerson School of Journalism
Social Work, UofT
Urban Studies, UofT

Greater Toronto
Urban Observatory

Inclusive Neighbourhoods Community University Research Alliance
Intensive Research on Neighbourhoods and Health Initiative (IRONhI)
Toronto Community
Health Profiles

Neighbourhood Profiles

United Way's Neighbourhood Strategy