Urban Studies Program
Emily Paradis has been an activist, researcher, advocate and front-line service provider on issues of housing and homelessness for almost 30 years. Her scholarship and practice aim to support marginalized communities in claiming spaces and rights in the city. Her areas of focus include human rights in housing; participatory research and policy; homelessness among women and families; preservation of low-barrier affordable housing; and municipal policies on housing and homelessness.
Dr. Paradis is an instructor with the Urban Studies Program of Innis College at University of Toronto, a Maytree fellow, a collaborator with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, member of the Right to Housing Coalition, co-Chair of Build a Better Bloor-Dufferin, and former research manager of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership. As an independent consultant, she conducts research and evaluation with partners including Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, Legal Aid Ontario, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Sistering, Social Planning Toronto, and the City of Toronto. She is the recipient of the 2019 Superior Teaching Award from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science.