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Environmental Injustices Experienced by Immigrants in a High-Rise Neighbourhood: Examining Conditions, Impacts, and Advocacy at Multiple Scales

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posted on 2021-05-23, 13:32 authored by Emily Lauren Brown
Low income, racialized, immigrant populations often experience inequitable exposure to hazardous housing and neighbourhood environments, while being excluded from decision-making processes that shape environmental changes in these spaces. While such trends have been documented in several locations, few studies explore the issue in-depth, from the perspective of the lived experiences of immigrants and newcomers facing substandard conditions across a variety of scales. Drawing on focus groups with immigrants living in the high-rise neighbourhood of Rexdale, Toronto and key informant interviews with social service agencies, this thesis examines how unjust environmental living conditions manifest across multiple scales (i.e. housing unit, high-rise building, high-rise neighbourhood) resulting in cumulative impacts and challenges. A procedural environmental justice lens is adopted to examine weather and how immigrants and newcomers are engaging in processes to improve their living conditions at a variety of scales, related obstacles and barriers, and opportunities for increasing immigrant influence over environmental conditions.





Master of Applied Science


Environmental Applied Science and Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


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