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 urban political economy and Canadian and comparative politics and policymaking, with an empirical focus on historical and contemporary multi-level governance of cities. He also pursues parallel interests in municipal campaigns and elections, local public finance, and political geography. Prof. Taylor is the first director of Western’s recently launched Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance. He is a non-practicing Registered Professional Planner in the province of Ontario, a Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and a member of the editorial board of the Canadian

Graduate Supervision

Professor Taylor is excited to work with Political Science and Public Administration graduate students on a wide range of topics, including local and metropolitan governance, multi-level governance, public administration, urban politics, urban planning, ideas and institutions, and political geography.

Current Research Projects

1. 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.

2. 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.

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://ir.lib.uwo.ca/urbancentre-reports/.


Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Research Reports


Recent Conference Presentations


Awards and Distinctions