University of Calgary

Matt Patterson

  • Associate Professor

Current Research

I am an urban sociologist whose research examines the relationship between cities and culture. In particular, I am interested in uncovering the ways that place characteristics such as density, demographics, and urban design influence the emergence of distinct cultural practices, products, and institutions. I have pursued this research through studies of museum development, the emergence of arts districts, and the economic and social impacts of iconic architectural projects or "starchitecture". Currently my main focus is on the role of cultural planning and placemaking projects within North American Chinatowns.

Grants

  • “The Politics of Placemaking in Chinatown.” SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2021-23, $71,438.00, principal investigator
  • “Culture and Identity in Chinatown, Calgary.” City of Calgary, 2019-20, $26,461.50, principal investigator
  • “The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities: A Global Comparative Research Agenda.” Human Dynamics Research Strategy Fund (University of Calgary), $150,000.00, co-investigator (PI: Byron Miller)
  • “The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities: A Global Comparative Research Agenda.” SSHRC Connection Grant, $25,000.00, co-investigator (PI: Byron Miller)

Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Articles - Peer Reviewed

Technical Papers / Research Reports

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

Students

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