Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Blake Poland is Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Community Development (www.cdcp.ca), co-lead of the Healthier Cities and Communities hub (www.HealthierCitiesCommunities.com), and co-director of the Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT) and the WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion. His areas of specialization include community resilience, social change, qualitative and dialogical methods, the settings approach in health promotion, ecological determinants of health, social movements, and community development as an arena of practice for health and social care professionals. His current research includes an examination of the emergence of the Transition Town movement in Canada (www.TransitionEmergingStudy.ca), the racialization of the emerging new 'green economy' (www.GreenGap.org), and the role of civil society groups in healthy public policy making in the area of active transportation (comparative study of Montreal and Toronto, Canada). He has a particular interest also in the relationship between inner and outer transition/transformation.
Key research Interests: community resilience, social movements, community development, health, transition towns, transformative learning, practice theory, qualitative methods