Nick Blomley


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Nick Blomley has a longstanding engagement with the geographic dimensions of law, notably in relation to real property. He has engaged in a number of SSHRC funded research programs in this regard, most recently concerning the regulation of panhandling on urban public property, and the nature of the landholding de ned by participants in the modern-day Crown-First Nations treaty process in British Columbia.

  • He is currently engaged in three projects that continue this concern with the geographies of property:The documentation and analysis of “area restrictions” used as components of ‘conditions of release’ in bail, parole and conditional sentencing orders, with case studies in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Undocumented area restrictions are a remarkably pervasive and wide-ranging form of spatial control affecting marginal Canadians, both in their private and public spaces. Data collection for this collaborative SSHRC project is close to completionThe liquidation of Japanese-Canadian property during World War II within British Columbia. The ‘Landscapes of Injustice’ project, a seven-year multi partner SSHRC funded initiative (currently in Year 2) will analyze a poorly documented moment within Canadian history through multiple research sites (oral histories, GIS, legal records, community records, land titles), including extensive forms of knowledge mobilization.

The territories of property. Connecting vibrant but disparate scholarship in Law and Geography, this proposed book-length project will provide an original analysis of the territorial dimensions of real property.