John Hannigan


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John Hannigan

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies  


John Hannigan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses in cultural policy, urban political economy and environmental sociology.  He has written four books: Environmental Sociology (1995, 2006, 2014), Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern City (1998), Disasters Without Borders: The International Politics of Natural Disasters (2012), and The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans (2016). Fantasy City was nominated for the 1999–2000 John Porter Award of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association. Environmental Sociology has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. In his most recent book, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans, Dr. Hannigan argues that our understanding of the deep depends on whether we see it primarily as a resource cornucopia, a global political chessboard, a shared commons or a unique and threatened ecology. Most recently, he has co-edited the SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies (with Greg Richards), published in June 2017.

Recent Publications

John Hannigan and Greg Richards (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies. London: SAGE, 2017.

John Hannigan, ’Toward a sociology of oceans”, Canadian Review of Sociology 54(1): 8-27, 2017.

John Hannigan, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans. Cambridge (UK): Polity Press, 2016.

John Hannigan, ‘It’s the end of the city (as we know it): Katrina as a metaphor and template for the urban apocalypse’. In William M. Taylor et al.  (eds.), The Katrina Effect: Reflections on Disaster and Our Future (London: Bloomsbury Press), 2015

John Hannigan, Environmental Sociology (3rd revised edition). London & New York: Routledge, 2014.

John Hannigan, Disasters Without Borders. Cambridge (UK): Polity Press, 2012.