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  • TWO 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… Read more: TWO new publications!
  • Pop 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”.… Read more: Pop Place Members Present at UAA Conference
  • Visit 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… Read more: Visit from Affiliated Researcher and PhD Candidate – Bienvenue au Canada!
  • New 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… Read more: New Publication!
  • New 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.
  • The 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.
  • University 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… Read more: University of Waterloo Colloquium
  • Celebrating Graduate & Postdoctoral Fellows Research
    Queen’s University’s School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA) held their annual reception to celebrate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who received Tri-Agency funding or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. The Pop Place was well represented at this event, with four of its members having received Tri-Agency funding in the last year: Rachel Barber: SSHRC… Read more: Celebrating Graduate & Postdoctoral Fellows Research
  • CAGONT Best Presentation Award
    In October 2023, Pop Place member Rachel Barber presented a paper entitled “Closed School Properties in Ontario: How Are They Repurposed?” at the Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division conference. Rachel’s presentation has since been selected to receive the Best Presentation Award at this conference. Congratulations!
  • Rachel Barber GradTalk Presentation
    Pop Place member Rachel Barber presented a research talk entitled “Declining and Discontent: A Conceptual Framework for North American Left-Behind Places” as part of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University’s GradTalk series. 
  • Visit from Affiliated Researcher
    On February 29th, the Pop Place lab welcomed affiliated researcher Samantha Biglieri to Queen’s University! Dr. Biglieri met with Pop Place lab members to hear about the research being accomplished within the lab. She also gave a presentation entitled “Planning Dementia-Inclusive Communities” in Pop Place Director Maxwell Hartt’s graduate course, Planning for Demographic Change.
  • Rachel Barber’s study presented at Elliot Lake Accessibility Advisory Committee
    On February 21st, the City of Elliot Lake’s Accessibility Advisory Committee had a meeting. On the agenda for this meeting was a synopsis of Pop Place member Rachel Barber’s study on older adult health care access via public transportation in Elliot Lake. The presentation included a summary of Rachel’s findings, as well as areas identified… Read more: Rachel Barber’s study presented at Elliot Lake Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • David Edney Research Travel Award
    Congratulations to Pop Place member Rachel Barber, who has been announced as a recipient of this year’s David Edney Research Travel Award. Rachel will be traveling to Paris, France, this summer, as a visiting doctoral student at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). Rachel will be continuing her doctoral research and working… Read more: David Edney Research Travel Award
  • Welcome Spencer Mulvaney!
    We are very excited that Spencer Mulvaney has joined the Population and Place Research Lab! Spencer is an MPL Candidate in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to joining the Pop Place, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University.… Read more: Welcome Spencer Mulvaney!
  • New publication! Ageing & the Sensory City
    An exciting new publication from the Population and Place Research Lab! “Ageing and the Sensory City” by Ellory Vincent (MPL, 2023) and Maxwell Hartt (Director) has just been published in the journal Town Planning Review. The article examines how senses change with age and how planning does (or does not) create sensory experiences that support… Read more: New publication! Ageing & the Sensory City
  • Rachel Barber Gives Webinar Presentation
    Pop Place Member Rachel Barber gave a webinar presentation as part of the The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health’s Age-Friendly Communities Webinar Series on January 31st. Over 130 academics, city staff and members of the public registered for the webinar, entitled “On the Road to Healthy Aging: Takeaways from Elliot Lake’s Public Transportation… Read more: Rachel Barber Gives Webinar Presentation
  • Invited talk at launch of ENVERSMET project
    Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt gave an invited talk entitled “Divergent Dynamics” as part of the launch of Dr. Beatriz Fernandez’s (EHESS professor and Pop Place Affiliated Researcher) ENVERSMET research project in Paris, France.
  • Victoria McCutcheon research presentation
    MPL Candidate Victoria McCutcheon presented a research talk entitled “Planning for Immigration” as part of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University’s Grad Cafe series. Well attended and lots of great questions!
  • Rachel Barber’s Webinar Promoted by ElliotLakeToday
    On January 31st, Pop Place member Rachel Barber will be sharing the findings of her Master’s thesis on age-friendly public transportation in Elliot Lake as part of the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program’s AFC Webinar Series (more information here). One of Elliot Lake’s local newspapers, ElliotLakeToday, promoted the webinar, discussing Rachel’s research and the timeliness of… Read more: Rachel Barber’s Webinar Promoted by ElliotLakeToday
  • Dr. Hartt Appointed Associated Editor of JPER
    Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt has been appointed as an Associated Editor of the world’s leading urban planning academic journal: the Journal of Planning Education and Research. Congratulations!
  • Invited talk at EHESS Paris
    Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt gave an invited talk at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, France. His talk, entitled “The Interrelated Geographies of Shrinking and Aging in the Global North”, explored past, present, and future urban demographic trends across 37 Global North countries.
  • Invited talk at Urban Depopulation Mobility Challenges and Solutions Forum (University of Illinois Chicago)
    Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt gave an invited talk entitled “The Shrinking Cities Research Landscape” at the Urban Depopulation Mobility challenges and Solutions Forum hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago.
  • New Pop Place members!
    We are absolutely thrilled to welcome three new members to the Population and Place Research Lab. Congratulations and welcome to Sarah Mallen, Jennifer Rodriguez, and Caley Savage!
  • G7 Research Summit on Healthy Aging
    Dr. Maxwell Hartt was recently invited to participate in the G7 Research Summit on Healthy Aging in Niagara Falls, Canada. It was a tremendous opportunity to discuss and debate the needs, opportunities, and future of healthy aging with a wide range of experts. The summit will culminate in a policy brief from the Royal Society… Read more: G7 Research Summit on Healthy Aging
  • New Publication: School Closures in Shrinking Cities
    Pop Place member Rachel Barber, Director Maxwell Hartt, and Queen’s University colleague Patricia Collins recently had an article published in the November edition of the Municipal World magazine. Their article, “School Closures in Shrinking Cities”, compares school closures that occurred in two shrinking cities in Ontario between 2011 and 2021: Elliot Lake and North Bay.
  • Healthy Cities Conference
    Nishant Dave presented a collaborative paper entitled “WHO Plays? Older Adults, Play, and Age-Friendly Cities” at the Second Annual Healthy Cities Conference. The paper is co-authored by Dr. Maxwell Hartt, Janine Dodge, Rachel Barber, Victoria McCutcheon, and Marley Gryfe.
  • Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division
    Pop Place member Rachel Barber presented a collaborative paper entitled “Closed School Properties in Ontario: How Are They Repurposed?”. The paper is co-authored by Dr. Patricia Collins and Dr. Jeff Masuda.
  • Canadian Association of Gerontology
    Dr. Maxwell Hartt and Rachel Barber both had collaborative work presented at the Canadian Association of Gerontology Conference held in Toronto, Canada. Both papers were led by Population and Place Affiliated Researcher Dr. Samantha Biglieri (Toronto Metropolitan University). The presentation details are below: Biglieri, S., M. Hartt, M. Turesky, R. Chowdhury & R. Barber. Aging… Read more: Canadian Association of Gerontology
  • Pop Place Members Present at ACSP Conference
    Several Pop Place members had the opportunity to present research at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference in Chicago: Rachel Barber: Beyond the Driver’s Seat: An Analysis of Walking and Public Transportation Routes in Elliot Lake Marley Gryfe (poster presentation): Age-playful Planning: Assessing Older Adult Play Environments Jianing Sun: Age-Friendly Shrinking Cities in… Read more: Pop Place Members Present at ACSP Conference
  • Canadian Human Connection Conference
    Pop Place member Victoria McCutcheon had the opportunity to present at the Canadian Human Connection Conference on October 18th. Her presentation, entitled “Planning for Immigration: The Importance of Prioritizing Human Connection in Municipal Planning Policy” showcased the research she’s been conducting as part of her Master of Planning degree.
  • New Publication: Ain’t No Valley Low Enough
    Pop Place member Rachel Barber, Director Maxwell Hartt, and affiliated researcher Justin Hollander published an article in the latest issue of Plan Canada. “Ain’t No Valley Low Enough: A Case for Smart Decline” outlines the spatial distribution of oft-overlooked shrinking cities across Canada, and reflects on the potential of smart decline policies in a nation… Read more: New Publication: Ain’t No Valley Low Enough
  • Dr. Hartt Recipient of Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentorship
    Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt was a recipient of the Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentorship. Congratulations!
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentorship
    Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt was honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentorship. Congratulations!
  • New Publication: Expanding the Playful City
    Brand new publication in the journal Cities by Pop Place Director Dr. Maxwell Hartt. This paper outlines the motivation for the Aging Playfully research project and, in doing so, makes a call for research focusing on older adults and play. Expanding the Playful City: Planning for Older Adult Play
  • OPPI Adaptation Transformation Conference
    Several Pop Place members recently attended the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s annual conference, which was held in Ottawa, Ontario. Two Pop Place members, Marley Gryfe and Victoria McCutcheon, presented their research during the poster session. Marley presented “Play in Paradise: Analyzing Older Adult Play Spaces in Florida”. Victoria presented “Planning for Immigration: A Content Analysis… Read more: OPPI Adaptation Transformation Conference
  • New Publication: The “Double Risk” of Aging
    Very excited to share the latest publication from the Population and Place Research Lab! The ‘Double Risk’ of Aging: Examining Vulnerability and (Un)Supportive Built Environments in Canadian Cities in the Canadian Journal on Aging. Led by Pop Place Affiliated Researcher Samantha Biligeri and co-authored by Pop Place Director Maxwell Hartt, this study examines whether our… Read more: New Publication: The “Double Risk” of Aging
  • New Publication: Effects of urbanisation on PM2.5 concentrations
    Congratulations to Pop Place member Jianing Sun, who recently published a paper in Science of the Total Environment with colleagues from Chongqing University and Southwest University in China. The paper, entitled “Effects of urbanisation on PM2.5 concentrations: A systematic review and meta-analysis”, includes a meta-analysis to investigate previous research on urbanisation and its effects on PM2.5 concentrations.… Read more: New Publication: Effects of urbanisation on PM2.5 concentrations
  • Welcome Janine Dodge!!
    We are so thrilled to welcome Janine Dodge to the Population and Place Research Lab! Janine is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. Her background includes extensive work in the play field, as well as degrees in International Relations, Business, and Aging and Health. She is passionate about… Read more: Welcome Janine Dodge!!
  • New Publication: Aging in place, stranded in space
    “Aging in place, stranded in space: An analysis of health care access via public transportation in Elliot Lake” is a new publication published in Applied Geography and written by Pop Place member Rachel Barber. The article evaluates older adult health care access via public transportation in Elliot Lake, ON, Canada’s most severely shrinking city and… Read more: New Publication: Aging in place, stranded in space
  • New Publication: Excessive Rightsizing
    “Excessive rightsizing? The interdependence of public school closures and population shrinkage” is a brand new publication authored by Pop Place members Rachel Barber and Maxwell Hartt, along with their Queen’s University colleague Patricia Collins. The article examines public school closures in Ontario, Canada, from 2011 to 2016 to determine the relationship between municipal population trajectories… Read more: New Publication: Excessive Rightsizing
  • Mary Smida: PhD CANDIDATE
    This morning Pop Place member Mary Smida successfully passed her Qualifying Examination! Mary’s research is entitled “Whose Economy? Whose Development? Exploring the Possibilities for Social and Economic Transformation through Education and Training in Yukon Communities”. As of today, Mary is no longer a PhD student but a PhD candidate! Congratulations Mary!
  • Pop Place Member Interviewed by Le Voyageur
    Pop Place Member Rachel Barber’s research was recently featured in an article published by the Journal Le Voyageur, a Franco-Ontarian newspaper that covers news stories across Northern Ontario. The article can be read here.
  • Invited talk: EHESS Paris
    Population and Place Research Lab Director Maxwell Hartt presented ongoing research examining the interrelated geographies of aging and shrinking cities in the Global North at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris, France). It was a great chance to discuss two of Dr. Hartt’s favourite subjects (shrinking, aging) and also a wonderful chance… Read more: Invited talk: EHESS Paris
  • Rachel Barber CAG Conference Presentation
    Rachel Barber presented her MPL work at the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) 73rd Annual Meeting & Conference in Montréal, Rachel’s presentation was entitled “Améliorer l’accès dans les régions délaissées : une analyse spatiale des routes piétonnières et de transport en commun à Elliot Lake”
  • Invited talk: CMHC Granville Island
    Population and Place Research Lab Director Maxwell Hartt presented results of the Aging Playfully project to the CMHC Granville Island team. The event was especially nice as one of the CMHC team members is former Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning student (and Maxwell’s former research assistant) Claire Lee! Claire presented the findings… Read more: Invited talk: CMHC Granville Island
  • Pop Place Member Interviewed by Radio-Canada
    Pop Place member Rachel Barber was invited to discuss her research and her experience at the Urban Affairs Association conference on Radio-Canada’s Le matin du Nord on May 1st. The interview can be listened to here.
  • Rachel Barber presents at Urban Affairs
    On Friday, April 28th Pop Place member Rachel Barber presented her research “Promoting Access Within Left-Behind Places: A Spatial Analysis of Walking and Public Transportation Routes in Elliot Lake” at the 51st Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association in Nashville, TN.
  • New Play publication!
    How is play conceived and examined in planning research? Or is it discussed at all? Our brand new paper “Planning for Play? A Systematic Literature Review?” in the Journal of Planning Literature examines 3800 articles across 19 planning journals to uncover the extent to which planners and planning scholarship focuses on play. The quick answer:… Read more: New Play publication!
  • Rachel Barber publishes 1st paper!
    Enormous congratulations to Pop Place member Rachel Barber for publishing her first academic peer reviewed journal article in Wellbeing, Space and Society! Rachel is a co-author on a fascinating study that examines the socio-spatial dimensions of school closures and neighbourhood change in Ontario, Canada. The authorship team is led by the wonderful Dr. Patricia Collins… Read more: Rachel Barber publishes 1st paper!
  • AAG Conference
    Population and Place Research Lab researcher Rachel Barber presented the findings of her Masters thesis research at the American Association of Geographers Conference on March 24th, 2023. Her presentation was entitled “Combating Mobility Inequality Through Age-Friendly Transportation: A Spatial Analysis of Walking and Public Transportation Routes in Elliot Lake”.
  • Rachel Barber honoured at Queen’s University event
    Yesterday evening we had the pleasure of celebrating Rachel Barber (along with several other brilliant Queen’s University graduate students) at the university’s Create an Impact event. We toasted the enormous impact that graduate students (and especially this select group of award winners) make in our disciplines as well as our communities. Congratulations Rachel!
  • Presentation for German Ambassador to Canada
    Population and Place Research Lab Director Maxwell Hartt presented his work on shrinking cities to the German Ambassador to Canada Sabine Sparwasser, a delegate of German scientific council members, and a number of Queen’s administrators and fellow researchers. Wonderful discussions on the state of research and the huge potential for collaboration between the two nations.
  • New article!
    Population and Place Research Lab director Maxwell Hartt has a brand new article published in Town Planning Review. Co-authored with his former Cardiff University graduate student Lucy Benbow and his Queen’s University colleague David L.A. Gordon, the team examine the age-friendliness of Rhiwbina Garden Village in Wales. They found that many age-friendly characteristics aligned with… Read more: New article!
  • Welcome Jianing Sun!
    We are thrilled to welcome Jianing Sun to the Population and Place Research Lab as a visiting PhD student! Jianing is a third-year PhD student at Chongqing University in China. Her research focuses on the sustainable development of shrinking cities – of which there are many in China. She will be spending a full year… Read more: Welcome Jianing Sun!
  • New publication in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
    New Population and Place Research Lab publication “The role of bots in U.S. real estate development online communication” in the journal Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. The article is part of a larger collaborative project focused on social media bots in the planning discourse. The article is co-authored by Justin B. Hollander, Ruth Potts, Maxwell… Read more: New publication in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
  • CIP Symposium
    Population and Place Research Lab researcher Ellory Vincent presented her ongoing research at the Canadian Institute of Planner’s Planning Together: World Town Planning Day Student Symposium on November 8, 2022. Ellory was one of only eight presenters from all of Canada selected for the symposium. Her presentation was entitled “Playing & Place: Older Adult Perceptions… Read more: CIP Symposium
  • ACSP 2022 Toronto
    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference is always a treat and this year was no exception. Hosted in nearby (and lovely) Toronto, quite a few of the Population and Place Research Lab members were able to attend. Director Maxwell Hartt spoke on a roundtable about social media bots and planning, researcher Ellory Vincent… Read more: ACSP 2022 Toronto
  • Shrinking cities talk at University of Toronto Scarborough
    Population and Place Research Lab director Maxwell Hartt gave a talk about shrinking cities at the University of Toronto Scarborough on November 7, 2022. Following the talk there was some great questions and discussion from the students from the Department of Human Geographer. Special thanks to Dr. Julie Mah for the invite!
  • Canadian Human Connection Conference
    Population and Place Research Lab director Maxwell Hartt gave a presentation today at the first ever Canadian Human Connection Conference. He spoke about the Aging Playfully project and the importance of urban planning and play in fostering human connection. A great event that sparked lots of ideas and conversations!
  • OPPI & OALA Conference blog post
    Population and Place Research Lab master’s student Ellory Vincent recently wrote a blog about her experience presenting at the OPPI & OALA joint conference in London, ON. Read it here!
  • CFRC 101.9FM Radio Interview
    Dr. Hartt spoke with Karim Mosna on his wonderful ‘Citizen K’ program on CFRC radio on October 4, 2022. They had a great time chatting population change, aging, shrinking, and the future of cities. Didn’t catch it live? Find it in the CFRC archive (search October 4, 2022 at 5pm).
  • Aging People, Aging Places book launch
    Thank you to all those who attended the Aging People, Aging Places: Experiences, Opportunities, and Challenges of Growing Older in Canada book launch. The book is the product of Pop Place director Dr. Maxwell Hartt and Pop Place collaborator Dr. Samantha Biglieri, along with their co-editors Professor Mark Rosenberg (Queen’s University) and Dr. Sarah Nelson… Read more: Aging People, Aging Places book launch
  • OPPI & OALA 2GETHER Conference
    The Population and Place Research Lab was very well represented at the recent Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Ontario Association of Landscape Architects joint 2GETHER conference in London, ON. Madison Empey-Salisbury presented “Aging Playfully: An Examination of Practitioner Perceptions of Play in Victoria, British Columbia”. Ellory Vincent presented “Beyond Access: The Potential of Playful Spaces… Read more: OPPI & OALA 2GETHER Conference
  • New member
    We are thrilled to announce the newest member of the Pop Place team: Marley Gryfe! Marley is an MPL Candidate in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on accessible urban design for older adults. Welcome… Read more: New member
  • Launch
    We have a website! Exciting to formalize this virtual space for our lab. A new academic year always brings possibilities and this year is no different. The Aging Playfully project is in full swing, we are gearing up for the launch of our Aging People, Aging Places book and new research project, we are in… Read more: Launch