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Ayesha Basit


University of Toronto


Right to the City for Migrants: The Case of ‘Sanctuary City’ Toronto

This dissertation project concerns race and migration. Specifically, it looks at the case of Sanctuary City Toronto and the treatment of undocumented migrants in a settler colonial state. 



Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate), Planning | 2016 (Expected) | University of Toronto
Thesis Topic: Right to the City for Migrants: The Case of ‘Sanctuary City’ Toronto
Supervisors: Dr. Emily Gilbert and Dr. Susannah Bunce

Master of Arts, Political Science | 2007 | York University
Thesis Topic: Gender, Diasporas and Migration
Supervisor: Dr. Anna M. Agathangelou

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science | 2005 | York University


Teaching Assistant | Urban Communities & Neighbourhoods Case Study: East Scarborough | University of Toronto – Scarborough |

Teaching Assistant | City Politics | University of Toronto – Scarborough

Teaching Assistant | Planning and Governing the Metropolis | University of Toronto – Scarborough

Teaching Assistant | Cities & Environments | University of Toronto - Scarborough

Teaching Assistant | Global Cities | University of Toronto - St. George


Summer, 2013
Visiting Researcher | Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin

2007 – 2008
Researcher | Public Interest Strategy & Communications

Contract, 2007
Research Coordinator | Ontario HIV Treatment Network
2005 – 2006
Graduate Researcher | Centre for Feminist Research 


since November 2014
Policy Advisor | Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

March 2010 – September 2011
Project Analyst | Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

March 2008 – April 2010
Policy Analyst | Ministry of Community and Social Services

2006 – 2007
Community Development Officer | Concern Universal, the Gambia, West Africa


Basit, Ayesha A. Review of the Book, “Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention” by Tings Chak.  Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, November, 2014.


Reimagining Nationalisms: Communities and Borders in Moments of Transition I Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida
Title of Presentation: Toronto’s “Priority Neighbourhoods”:  Race, Space and Difference
April 8-12, 2014

Empire, City, Nature, 2nd Annual Conference
International Graduate Research Program, Berlin–New York–Toronto: The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
York University and the University of Toronto, Toronto
Title of Presentation: Toronto as ‘Sanctuary City’ for Undocumented Migrants
May 30, 2013-April 2, 2013



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