Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair and Professor of Human Geography and Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada.

Contact: rshields (one word) -at- ualberta -dot- ca


Founder and Co-Editor,
Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces and Curb Planning Magazine.


The Henry Marshall Tory Chair is named for the first President of the University 1908-1929, first President of the National Research Council of Canada 1928-1935, and first President of Carleton College 1942-1947, now Carleton University, where I also both studied and taught.



Courses Offered 2021-22: University of Alberta.

Cities and Suburbs SOC 445/585 Jan-Apr 2021

Human Dimensions of Environmental Change HGEO 452/552 Jan-Apr 2021

Material and Virtual Culture Contact me to take this as a individually tailored reading course and/or virtually in fall/winter/summer SOC634(sample Jan-Apr 2020 outline).

Publishing and getting published SOC 504: Contact me to take an individual course with an editor with over 30 years experience working with students' own research to engage wtih peer reviewed academic publishing, and to scope, refine and submit an article


Links to Current Projects and research assistant/postdoc opportunities:

Contact me about postdoc job opportunities for Eastern James Bay Cree speakers related to Eeyou Istchee political geographies and energy infrastructure in the James Bay Region (Northwestern Quebec) multimodal research

Reimagining Community Housing Futures CMHC, SSHRC Research Network,

Ecological mythtelling: Indigneous and settler futures,

Visual ethnographies, cultures and Visualicities

UArctic Thematic Network on Local-Scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience

Urban, architectural and media social spaces: practices and understandings of places and of the world as a space of distance and difference




City-Regions in Context Demystifying Deleuze Rereading Jean François Lyotard Strip-Appeal What is a City Places on the Margin Lefebvre Love & Struggle Cultures of Internet Lifestyle Shopping Building Tomorrow Ecologies of AffectThe Virtual Spatial Questions 2013CURB Magazine for planners Space and Culture




















Sample of Recent Work: see our Research Archive, Researchgate.net and Scribd.com for other works. Complete list in cv.


Overview of my past work in Work of Arts (2005).


Podcasts [Temporary archive. Check back for a new podcast site] of my recent talks and video interviews of past speakers including Distinguished Visiting Scholars - Ann Game, Proboscis, Thomas Gieryn, Ken Hillis. See also CRSC link above for Regional Planning Speakers Series talks by Jennifer Keesmat, Clement Greenberg, Doug Olson, David Wolfe, Candace Vanin, Clement Demers, Ellen Dunham Jones, Jarret Walker, Michael Ronkin, Jan Gehl, Peter Clewes, Peter Newman, Anthony King, Jaime Lerner, Len Rodrigues, Randall Crane, Raymond Côté, John Loxley and many others.


Salvador soundscape; Mashup by M. Vallee .mp3

Blois - les saisons video mashup: Download HD .mov or SD .mp4



Research Keywords: Strip-malls and suburban retail. Building Tomorrow: Innovation in construction and engineering, The Virtual suburbanism, architecture, urban culture, cultural theory, topology, Lifestyle Shopping: The Subject of Consumption, retail environments, Places on the Margin, Spatial Questions - social spatializations and cultural topologies, Ecologies of Affect, Cultures of Internet and cyberspace, organizational regulatory cultures, the North and sovereignty, arctic urbanization, the work of Henri Lefebvre, cultures, What is a City? New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Social Spaces: Tourism, Ethics.


Urban Blogs: City-Lab (was The Atlantic-Cities); Planetizen; Lincoln Institute of Land Polic; Urban and other pechakucha presentations; USGS Historical Topographical Map Explorer; Citscope...


Architectural and Urban Lectures of related interest: Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design lectures. SCI-Arc Southern California Institute of Architecture lectures. AA School, London, lectures.


Edmonton River Valley - WESTEdmonton River Valley - NORTH/WESTEdmonton River Valley - NORTH/EASTEdmonton River Valley - EAST

Edmonton looking across the North Saskatchewan River from University of Alberta. Click on the images to display larger view (800x600 pixels). Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Campbell Scientific have installed cameras on the University of Alberta's H.M. Tory Building. The cameras record and store visual weather and river conditions every 15 minutes. Images are archived at EAS Digital Imaging Facility. Archived image dimensions are 1920x1080 pixels at 72dpi.


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