bookmark_borderCongratulations Dr. Jianing Sun!!!

Everyone at the Population and Place Research Lab would like to extend their warmest, deepest, and happiest congratulations to Dr. Jianing Sun! Jianing is a former visiting PhD Student in the Pop Place who just successfully completed her doctoral viva voce (oral defense) at Chongqing University!

CONGRATULATIONS DR. JIANING SUN! We are incredibly happy for you and proud of you. We cannot wait to see what comes next.

bookmark_borderDr. Hartt gives talks in China

Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt gave a series of talks in China over the month of May.

First, he gave a talk entitled “Aging Playfully: Expanding the Age-Friendly City” at Beijing Normal University. He also co-ran a graduate research symposium with master’s and doctoral human geography students at BNU.

Second, Dr. Hartt presented a talk entitled “Aging, Playing, and Planning” at Yunan Normal University in Kunming, China.

Third, Dr. Hartt gave a keynote lecture at the Young Health Geographers conference in Zhuhai, China entitled “A New Era of Urbanization: Population Aging and Shrinking Cities”.

Dr. Hartt also had the opportunity to visit the historic city of Lijiang and many other famed attractions (Summer Palace, Great Wall, Forbidden City, etc.). Dr. Hartt met with faculty members from across China and finished his trip with a 3 day visit to Hong Kong hosted by the geography department at Hong Kong University.

Much of the travel was spent with Queen’s University emeritus Professor Mark Rosenberg. It was an absolute pleasure and honour to spend time with Prof Rosenberg and be introduced to the amazing people, places, and food of China.

bookmark_borderPop Place Member Rachel Barber Guest on Talk Show

Pop Place member Rachel Barber was a guest on À votre santé, a francophone talk show broadcasted on CINN FM in Hearst, ON. Rachel shared the findings of her Master’s research on age-friendly transportation in Elliot Lake, ON and discussed her current and future research projects on shrinking cities and demographic aging.

bookmark_borderTWO new publications!

Thrilled to announce that the Pop Place has TWO new peer reviewed publications!

The first paper introduces a “online conversion framework” to help us rethink participatory planning as it is reshaped by digital technology. The paper published in Planning Theory seeks to explore different ways of framing conflict and antagonism in planning and the degree to which they reflect an increasingly digital approach to public participation.

Potts, R., J. Riddle, J.B. Hollander & M. Hartt. (2024) The Online Conversion Framework: Understanding antagonism, planning theory, and social media. Planning Theory.

The second paper reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to shrinking cities and the post-pandemic future of shrinking cities. Published in Town Planning Review, it is a follow-up to a piece published in the earlier days (late 2020) of the pandemic.

Hartt, M., S. Bagchi-Sen & J.B. Hollander. (2024) Reflections on the Post-Pandemic Future of Shrinking Cities. Town Planning Review.

bookmark_borderPop Place Members Present at UAA Conference

Pop Place members Rachel Barber and Janine Dodge travelled to Times Square in New York City to present their research at the International Conference on Urban Affairs.

Janine’s presentation was entitled “WHO Plays? Play, Older People and Age-Friendly Policy”.

Rachel presented “Media Deserts in Canada: Examining the Relationship Between News Outlet Closures and Left-Behind Places”.

Affiliated researchers Samantha Biglieri and Jason Hackworth also presented at the conference.

bookmark_borderVisit from Affiliated Researcher and PhD Candidate – Bienvenue au Canada!

The Pop Place Lab welcomed Affiliated Researcher Dr. Beatriz Fernández and PhD Candidate Anton Paumelle from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) to Canada!

After spending a few days in Montréal, Beatriz and Anton came to Kingston to meet Director Maxwell Hartt and Pop Place member Rachel Barber, and to discuss current and future projects on French and Canadian shrinking cities and age-friendly communities. The four researchers will be presenting a paper at the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) conference in Paris this July, and Rachel will be working in Beatriz’s research lab as a visiting scholar this summer.

bookmark_borderNew Publication!

We are excited to announce the publication of Older Adult Perceptions of Play and Play-Enabling Space by Maxwell Hartt and Ellory Vincent in Cities & Health.

This paper examines older adult perceptions of play in public space using the photovoice method with 14 older adults in Victoria, Canada. We found that older adults conceptualize play as more than simply a set of activities. Play was viewed as a state-of-being and an expression of freedom. To enable older adult play, public space must be accessible, flexible, and provide opportunities for creativity and spontaneity. Public spaces with natural, immersive, and interactive environments that provide positive sensory experiences were found to be particularly well suited to fostering older adult play. Through this study, we argue that it is necessary to reimagine the potential of age-friendly planning. We need to encourage policymakers to consider, integrate, and support play as an age-friendly intervention.

If you have institutional access, you can use the link above. If not, you can use this link to reach the publicly available version.

bookmark_borderNew Book Review: The City After Property

Pop Place member Rachel Barber and Director Maxwell Hartt recently published a book review for Sara Safransky’s The city after property: Abandonment and repair in postindustrial Detroit (2023). The review was published in the Journal of Urban Affairs and can be read here.

bookmark_borderThe Association for the Study of Play 2024 Conference

Many members of the Pop Place Lab headed down to Rochester, NY for the The Association for the Study of Play 2024 Conference this week. The team presented “Aging Playfully: A Triangulation of Systematic Reviews” which established that there is virtually no existing research on planning for older adult play.

bookmark_borderUniversity of Waterloo Colloquium

Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt was invited to speak at the University of Waterloo School of Planning’s PhD Colloquium along with Pop Place Affiliated Researcher Dr. Samantha Biglieri. It was a treat for both presenters to return to their alma mater where they completed their doctorates. And an even bigger treat to get to interact with the next generation of academic planners!