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Martin Danyluk


University of Toronto


Conflict at the Crossroads of Global Trade: Urban Politics in the Age of Logistics

My dissertation examines the webs of violence and struggle that surround the movement of goods in our global economy. In preparation for the expansion of the Panama Canal—slated to open in 2016 to some of the world’s largest cargo ships—port cities throughout the Western Hemisphere are being transformed. Local governments, port authorities, and actors in the shipping, logistics, and real estate industries are investing in infrastructure and forging alliances to position their localities as strategic nodes in this shifting geography of transnational trade. My research takes me to Panama, Los Angeles, and New York—home to the busiest container ports in the Americas—to explore the uneven restructuring of global commodity flows, the role of new forms of governance in shaping these dynamics, and the contestations they are provoking.



PhD Candidate, Geography, University of Toronto

Master of Science, Planning, University of Toronto

Bachelor of Arts, Geography, University of British Columbia (First Class)

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of British Columbia


“Dreaming Other Worlds: Commodity Culture, Mass Desire, and the Ideology of Inception.” Rethinking Marxism 27, no. 4 (2015): 601–10.

“Could Toronto Provide 10% of Its Fresh Vegetable Requirements from within Its Own Boundaries? Part II, Policy Supports and Program Design” (with Rod MacRae, Joe Nasr, James Kuhns, Lauren Baker, Russ Christianson, Abra Snider, Eric Gallant, Penny Kaill-Vinish, Marc Michalak, Janet Oswald, Sima Patel, and Gerda Wekerle). Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 2, no. 2 (2011): 147–69.

Review of Edible Action: Food Activism and Alternative Economics, by Sally Miller. Agriculture and Human Values 28, no. 1 (2011): 143–44.

Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure
 (with Joseph Nasr, Rod MacRae, James Kuhns, Penny Kaill-Vinish, Marc Michalak, and Abra Snider) (Toronto: Metcalf Foundation, 2010).

“Creativity or Crisis: Mapping the Rust Belt” (with Katie Mazer and Patrick Vitale). Fuse 32, no. 4 (2009): 30–31.

“Modalities of the New Middle Class: Ideology and Behaviour in the Journey to Work from Gentrified Neighbourhoods in Canada” (with David Ley). Urban Studies 44, no. 11 (2007): 2195–210.


“The High Cost of Cheap Shipping.” Guest lecture, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, November 2, 2015.

“The Logistics Revolution: A Global Spatial Fix?” Paper presented at Turbulent Circulation: Toward a Critical Logistics, Toronto, October 11, 2015.

“Logistics, Urbanization, and the Survival of Capitalism.” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 24, 2015.

“Global Infrastructures: Urban Inequality in Panama’s Transit Zone.” Guest lecture, University of Toronto, February 25 and 26, 2015.

“Supply-Chain Urbanism: Coordinating Flows in Planetary Space-Time.” Paper presented at the Conference of the DFG International Graduate Research Program, Berlin, November 22, 2014.

“Global Logistics and the Survival of Capitalism.” Paper presented at the Critical Geography Conference, Philadelphia, November 9, 2014.

“The Shadow of Globalization: Uneven Development and Logistical Urbanism in Panama’s Transit Zone.” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 11, 2014.

“‘One Big Port’: Producing and Contesting Logistics Space in Panama’s Transit Corridor.” Paper presented at the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Panama City, January 8, 2014.

“‘Un gran puerto’: El comercio global y los cambios locales en el corredor de tránsito de Panamá” (“One big port”: Global trade and local change in Panama’s transit corridor). Guest lecture, University of Panama, Panama City, November 13, 2013.

“The Urban Revolution in Logistics.” Paper presented at the Conference of the DFG International Graduate Research Program, Toronto, May 31, 2013.

“Logistics, Dialectics, and Right-Wing Revolution.” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 9, 2013.

“Dreaming Other Worlds: Metaphysics, Politics, and the Ideology of Inception.” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, February 24, 2012.

“Fire in the City.” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, April 14, 2011.

“The City as a Process, Not a Thing: Space and Time in Capitalist Urbanization.” Paper presented at WIDEN: On Time, Toronto, March 16, 2011.

“Creative Class Struggle” (with Katie Mazer and Heather McLean). Paper presented at the Hamilton Anarchist Book Fair, Hamilton, ON, June 5, 2010.


Teaching assistant, Urbanization, Contemporary Cities and Urban Life (4 appointments; 1 as lead teaching assistant), Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto.

Teaching assistant, Geographic Information Systems and Mapping II, Department of Geography, University of Toronto.

Teaching assistant, Geographic Information Systems and Mapping I (3 appointments), Department of Geography, University of Toronto.


Co-organizer, Turbulent Circulation: Toward a Critical Logistics (workshop), Toronto, October 9–11, 2015.

Co-organizer, Logistics and Power (3 sessions). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 24, 2015.

Session chair, Human Geography III. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Panama City, January 8, 2014.

Curator, organizer, and facilitator, WIDEN (Workshops for Inter-Discipline Exchange and Novelty), 2010–13. Sessions curated, organized, and/or facilitated:

WIDEN: On Networks, Toronto, March 21, 2013.
WIDEN: On Generation, Toronto, November 11, 2012.
WIDEN: On Education, Toronto, September 4, 2012.
WIDEN: On Events, Toronto, October 12, 2011.
WIDEN: On Blood, Toronto, March 30, 2011.
WIDEN: On Time, Toronto, March 16, 2011.
WIDEN: On Birth, Toronto, March 2, 2011.
WIDEN: On Animals, Toronto, February 9, 2011.
WIDEN: On Green Energy, Toronto, January 26, 2011.
WIDEN: On Plants, Toronto, October 20, 2010.

Co-organizer, Northeast Regional Space-Time Workshop, Toronto, October 21–23, 2011.

Co-organizer, G20 Remembered: Film Screening and Discussion, Toronto, June 24, 2011.

Co-organizer, Town Hall: Demystifying the Creative City, Toronto, June 18, 2009.



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