Ranu Basu is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research and teaching interests relate to the geographies of marginality, diversity and social justice in cities; power, space and activism; critical geographies of education; and spatial methodologies including critical GIS. Her projects funded by SSHRC, CERIS and Infrastructure Canada have explored the impacts of neoliberalization of educational restructuring in Ontario; multiculturalism in schools through questions of 'integration'; social sustainability and the meaning of public space as it relates to migrants (including the South Asian Diaspora); and the provision of infrastructure for marginal groups in suburban regions. In 2008, she was a John A. Sproul Fellow at the Center for Canadian Studies, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Cities and Schools at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development (IURD), University of California, Berkeley. She serves on the executive board of the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS); and previously with the York Centre for Education and Community (YCEC) and CITY Institute. Her publications have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Professional Geographer; Education, Social Justice and Citizenship; Geoforum; Environment and Planning: C.
Keywords: Geographies of marginality, diversity and social justice in cities; power, space and activism; critical geographies of education; spatial methodologies; India; South Asian Diaspora