Eugene McCann is an urban geographer whose research focuses on the political struggles, strategies, practices, and negotiations that characterize urban policy-making. His current focus is on developing the ‘policy mobilities’ approach in urban studies. This burgeoning literature identities and conceptualizes how ‘best practice’ models of urban governance are made mobile through the actions of various policy actors. He researches how the circulation of policy models represents the practical work of constituting “urban globalness” while also highlighting the politics of urban policy-making.
His main focus is his long-term analysis of the emergence, development, and travels of the Harm Reduction drug policy model – and specically the model of the Drug Consumption Room, or Supervised Injection Facility – among cities. He also studies 39 ‘Vancouverism’ as a globally-renowned and globally-mobile set of planning strategies, intended to create more sustainable urban built environments. Beyond this work, he has a longstanding interest in the politics of urban development and public space. More recently, has developed an interest in the central relationship between food and “foodscapes” in urban environments, in collaboration with SFU Geography Adjunct Professor, Dr. Christiana Miewald.
He has published three books: Urban Geography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, authored with Andrew Jonas and Mary Thomas), Cities and Social Change (Sage, 2014, edited with Ronan Paddison), and Mobile Urbanism (Minnesota, 2011, edited with Kevin Ward) and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. He also edits the journal Geography Compass: Urban.