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Fran Klodawsky

Professor Emeritus

Degrees:B.A., Toronto, M.A., Ohio State, Ph.D. Queens


Dr. Klodawsky is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. Her areas of expertise include: public policy and social inclusion/exclusion in cities, especially in relation to housing, and feminist perspectives on cities, on community organizing, on housing and on homelessness. Her work utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods within a collaborative, community-based framework. From June 2012-16, she was the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC funded project titled “Intersectionality in Practice: Feminist Theory and Urban Governance”, and she also led a previous SSHRC funded study (May 2008-12), titled “Learning Through Difference”. Fran Klodawsky is Secretary to the Board of Women in Cities International. She is also an Academic Advisor to the Steering Committee of City for All Women Initiative in Ottawa.


“Ending Homelessness in Ottawa, Canada: Right to Housing and Right to the City” (2014), in Ilaria Boniburini, Luisa Moretto, Harry Smith and Judith Le Maire (eds.) The right to the city. The city as common good. Between social politics and urban planning,  Cahier de La Cambre Bruxelles: La Lettre volée;

“Homelessness on the Federal Agenda: Progressive Architecture but No Solution in Sight” (with Leonore Evans) (forthcoming 2014). In Caroline Andrew and Katherine A. H. Graham (eds.) Canada in Cities: The Politics and Policy of Federal-Local Governance (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s);

“Urban Contestation in a Feminist Register”(with C. Andrew and J. Siltanen). Urban Geography, 34/4;

“Homeless Immigrants’ and Refugees’ Health Over Time” (with T. Aubry and R. Nemiroff). In Homelessness and Health in Canada. Editors: M. Guirguis-Younger, R. McNeil, SW Hwang. University of Ottawa Press;

“Municipal Politics in a Feminist and Community-Based Register: Lessons from City for All Women Initiative/ Initiative: une ville pour toutes les femmes (CAWI-IVTF)” (with C. Andrew and J. Siltanen). Women and Environments International, 92/93;

“Soft Skills and Hard Prejudices: Pathways to Improving Recent Immigrant Women’s Successful Integration in Ottawa, Canada” (with C. Andrew and J. Siltanen), Diversities 15/1;

“Neighbourhood Amenities and Health: Examining the significance of a local park” (with J. Plane), 99 SI;

“This is how I want to live my life – An experiment in prefigurative feminist organizing for a more equitable and inclusive city” (with J. Siltanen and C. Andrew). Antipode forthcoming 2014;

“Gendered livelihoods and inclusive cities” (2012) in Carolyn Whitzman et. al., Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the right to the city, Earthscan/Routledge;

“Home Spaces and Rights to the City: Thinking Social Justice for Chronically Homeless Women”, Urban Geography (2009);

“Choosing’ participatory research: partnerships in time-space”, Environment and Planning A (2007); and “Landscapes on the margins: gender and homelessness in Canada”, Gender Place and Culture (2006).