Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Zack Taylor

Assistant Professor

Zack Taylor

PhD, University of Toronto
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85169
E-mail: zack.taylor@uwo.ca
Office: Social Sciences Centre 4166


Research Interests

Professor Taylor specializes in Canadian and comparative politics and public policymaking, with an empirical focus on the historical development and contemporary practices of multi-level governance and planning of North American cities. He also pursues parallel interests in municipal campaigns and elections, local public finance, and political geography. He is a non-practicing Registered Professional Planner in the province of Ontario.

Current Research Projects

1. The Politics of Regional Planning Policy in Toronto

Ontario's Greenbelt Plan (2005) and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006) are considered to be among the most ambitious regional land-use planning programs yet attempted in the industrialized West. This project seeks to understand why this policy was adopted while previous attempts over the past 40 years faltered, where the policy ideas came from, and what political dynamics and compromises led to the plan’s general acceptance by stakeholder groups and different branches and levels of government. In addition, the project assesses the prospects for the plans’ successful implementation.

2. Place and Politics

This project employs spatial analysis techniques to examine, first, how urban location and neighbourhood characteristics may influence electoral behaviour in local, provincial, and national elections, and second, how the relative spatial clustering of immigrant communities within ridings may drive political party strategy in national elections. This project was awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in 2016. 

3. Project on Regional Resilience

In partnership with the Urban Land Institute and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, this project builds on emerging theoretical and empirical research on urban resilience and anticipatory governance to assess the Toronto region’s assets and weaknesses in relation to potential future risks. A working paper based on this research is available at http://www.ir.lib.uwo.ca/urban/.


Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Research Reports


Recent Conference Presentations


Awards and Distinctions