Norma Rantisi


Norma Rantisi

Norma Rantisi (Ph.D. Toronto, 2002)

Tel: (514) 848-2424, ext. 2018

Education & Research Interests

Dr. Rantisi has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Political Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.R.P. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. (2002) from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her interests are centered on urban economic development and her dissertation examined the geography of design innovation for the New York City's women's wear industry, looking at how local support services and policy mediate the production, conception and marketing of products. Dr. Rantisi's current research focuses on socio-spatial organization of the contemporary circus arts and apparel industries. In collaboration with Dr. Deborah Leslie of the University of Toronto, she is examining contemporary economic development policy and practice are shaping the evolution of these industries, as well as how neo-liberal governance approaches are altering the nature and forms of work, as well as the prospects for more equitable forms of development. Dr. Rantisi is willing to supervise theses on issues relating to economic development, such as the geography and social organization of cultural industries; restructuring in traditional manufacturing industries; local economic development policy; workforce development; and social economy enterprises.


Students supervision (Ph.D.):

  1. Olivier Sorrentino, From Virtuosity to Virtuality: The Material Conditions of Immaterial Art, Ph.D. in Humanities, In progress.

Students supervision (M.Sc.):

  1. Lorraine Donald, Temporary Agencies and the Rise of Low-Income Work in Montreal. M.Sc. In progress.
  2. Jocelyn Gilbert, Community Economic Development and the Challenges of Balancing Top-down Service Provision with Bottom-up Community Objectives. M.Sc. In progress.
  3. Ethan Ling, An Assessment of Community Benefits Agreements (co-supervised with Ted Rutland). M.Sc. In progress.
  4. Jessie Smith, The Constructon of Quebec's Green Economy. M.Sc.Completed 2014.
  5. Yuseph Katiya, Creative Hegemony? Montreal's Cultural Development Policies and the Rise of Cultural Actors as Entrepreneurial Political Elites. M.Sc. Completed 2012.
  6. Ryan Craven, Is Ethical Fashion an Alternative Economic Space? M.Sc. Completed 2009.
  7. Thomas Cummins-Russell, The Networks of Montréal's Independent Musicians. M.Sc. Completed 2009.
  8. Genevieve Aboud, Sustainable Development: Actualized or Abandoned in the Efforts for Rural Economic Development in Huntingdon? M.P.P.P.A. (Geography option). Completed 2008.
  9. Antonino Scozzari, Understanding Gentrification and its Implications for a Revitalised St. Henri. M.P.P.P.A. (Geography option). Completed 2007.


  1. Edensor,T., Leslie, D. Millington, S. and Rantisi, N.M. (eds.) (2009) Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. London: Routledge Press.

Recent Publications

  1. Rantisi, N.M. (2014) "Gendering Fashion, Fashion Fur: On the (re)production of a gendered labor market within a craft industry in transition" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(2) 223-239.
  2. Rantisi, N.M. and Leslie, D. (2013) "The Significance of Higher Educational Institutions as Cultural Intermediaries: The Case of Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montreal, Canada" Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.822965
  3. Rantisi, N.M. (2013) "Revisiting the Social Basis of Cultural Production: Who is Privileged? Who is Sidelined? What is at Stake?" Editorial for Geoforum, early online view, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.03.007.
  4. Nouri-Nekeoi, M. and Rantisi, N.M. (2012) "The Enduring Significance of Economic Factors for the Attraction of Creative Workers: The Case of Montreal's Video Game Industry" The Northeastern Geographer, 4, 1, pp. 1-16.
  5. Cummins-Russell, T. and Rantisi, N.M. (2012) "Networks and 'Place' in Montreal's Independent Music Industry" The Canadian Geographer. 56, 1, pp. 80-97.
  6. Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N.M. (2012) "The Rise of a New Knowledge/Creative Economy: Prospects and Challenges for Economic Development, Class Inequality and Work" in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography, edited by Trevor Barnes, Jamie Peck and Eric Sheppard. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 158-171.
  7. Rantisi, N.M. (2011) "The Prospects and Perils of Creating a Viable Fashion Identity." Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 15 (2), pp. 259-266.
  8. Shearmur, R. and Rantisi, N.M. (2011) "Montreal: Rising Again from the Same Ashes" in Canadian Urban Regions: Trajectories of Growth and Change, edited by Larry S. Bourne, Tom Hutton, Richard Shearmur and Jim Simmons. Oxford University Press.

Professional Associations

  • Board member of the Institut de Politique Alternative de Montreal (IPAM)
  • Co-chair of Planners Network International
  • Economic Geography Specialty Group (AAG)
  • Member of editorial board, Geography Compass: Economic Geography
  • Member of editorial board, Progressive Planning Magazine
  • Member of editorial board, Geoforum
  • Canadian Regional Science Association (CRSA)
  • Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
  • Regional Science Association International (RSAI)
  • IPAM (

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