Rob Shields, DPhil

HM Tory Chair and Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences


HM Tory Chair and Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
(780) 234-0489
Human Geography Program and Department of Sociology, 4-13 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
T6G 2H4



Rob Shields work spans architecture, planning and urban geography.  He is an award-winning author and co-editor of numerous books including  Spatial Questions, The Virtual, Lifestyle Shopping, Cultures of Internet, Lefebvre Love and Struggle, Places on the Margin, and Building Tomorrow: Innovation in Construction and Engineering as well as online projects such as and Before being awarded the University of Alberta's Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair in Sociology, Dr. Shields was Professor of Sociology and past Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. A Commonwealth Scholar at University of Sussex, Robs early career was in passive solar design which he studied at Carleton University's School of Architecture. He founded Space and Culture, an international peer-refereed journal, and Curb Canadian planning magazine. He was 2014 City of Vienna Visiting Professor in Architecture and Planning at TUWien and is currently completing research on nanotechnology as a space of concern. 


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I have extensive contributions and experience in current social and cultural theory, virtual and material culture studies. I teach on urban culture, social space, situations, places, spatialisation and cultural topology.

Space and Culture research group meets every two weeks during the academic year. Occasional information is posted at

For upcoming talks by the Tory Chair, see the calendar link on my website


Please see my Teaching link to a calendar of public talks on my website

and the facebook page for the Space and Culture Research Group that meets every 2 weeks.


SOC 445 - Cities and Suburbia

The significance of urban social spaces and environments, architecture, planning, design and material culture. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2023

SOC 585 - Cities and Suburbia

Winter Term 2023

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Social spatializtion, Cultural Topologies, Innovation & community, cities as social spaces, cultural geography, social aspects of architecture. Settler colonialism, cities and place. Postcolonial and decolonial theory. Social aspects of infrastructure

Ongoing.  See   See also httpe://


‘Edmonton, Amiskwaciy Waskahikan’ and a Papaschase Suburb for Settlers'

Author(s): Gillespie, D. and Moran, K.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Canadian Geographer – Le Géographe Canadien
External Link:

'Spatializing stratification: Bogotá'

Author(s): Guevara, J., Shields, R.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Ardeth
Volume: 4
Issue: Spring
Page Numbers: 223--236
External Link:

Spatial Questions: Social Spatialisations and Cultural Topologies

Author(s): Shields, R.
Publication Date: 2013

Demystifying Deleuze

Author(s): Shields Rob, Vallee Mickey
Publication Date: 2012