Steven Tufts

Department of Geography

Associate Professor
Chair

Office: Ross Building, N418A
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 20745
Emailtufts@yorku.ca


Area of Specialization

Geography

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, York University
Master of Arts, Geography, Queen’s University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests

Geography , Labour , Populism, Labour Market Adjustment and Integration, Work and Climate Change

All Publications

Book Chapters

2015 The hotel sector in an age of uncertainty: A labour perspective. In David Jordhus-Lier and Anders Underthun (eds) A Hospitable World? Organising Work and Workers in Hotels and Tourist Resorts, London: Routledge pp 52-66

Tufts S and S. Milne 2015 Labour and the Greening of Hospitality: Raising Standards or Union Greenwashing? In Carla Lipsig-Mummé and Stephen McBride (eds) Work in a Warming World. Kingston: McGill-Queen’s pp 173-194

2013 Tourism Climate Change and Work: Uneven Impacts, Institutions and Response. In Carla Lipsig-Mummé (ed) Climate@Work. Halifax: Fernwood, 141-160.

2011 Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75. In V. Shalla (ed) Working in a Global Era, Canadian Perspectives Second Edition. CSP, Toronto, Chapter 14, 381-402 (reprint of article in Kumar and Schenk 2006)

Tufts S and Holmes J 2010 Student Workers and the New Economy of Mid-sized Cities: The Cases of Peterborough and Kingston, Ontario. In N Pupo and M Thomas (eds) Interrogating the New Economy. Toronto: UTP, pp129-147 (chapter 7)

2010 Labor, Geography Of. Encyclopedia of Geography, Volume 4. Warf, B (ed) Sage Publications, 1675-1679

2010 Schumpeterian Unionism and ‘High-Road’ Dreams in Toronto’s Hospitality Sector. In Ann Cecilie Bergene, Sylvi B. Endresen and Hege Merete (eds) Missing Links in Labour Geographies. Ashgate pp83-97

Tufts S and S Milne 2007[1999] Museums: a supply-side perspective Annals of Tourism Research 26:3 617-635 reprinted in Managing Tourism Firms, ed Morley, C., Economics and Management of Tourism Series, eds Dwyer, L & Forsyth, P.J., Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham pp 539-557 (chapter 38).

2006 Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75. In P Kumar and C Schenk (Eds) Paths to Union Renewal: Canadian Experiences (Toronto: Broadview/Garamond/CCPA) pp201-220.

Journal Articles

Thomas, M and S Tufts 2015 Unions Confront Austerity and Populism in Canada. Antipode Online

Tufts, S and M. Thomas 2014 Populist Unionism Confronts Austerity in Canada. Labor Studies Journal 39:1 60–82

Carey J and S Tufts 2014 'Greening work' in Lean Times: The Amalgamated Transit Union and Public Transit Alternate Routes, 25:207-233

2009 Hospitality unionism and labour market adjustment: Toward Schumpeterian unionism? Geoforum 40: 6 980-990.

Tufts S and L Savage 2009 Labouring Geography: Negotiating Scales, Strategies and Future Directions. Geoforum (Editorial introduction to special Issue on Labouring Geography co-edited with Lydia Savage) 40 (6), 945-948

2007 Emerging labour strategies in Toronto’s Hotel Sector: Toward a Spatial Circuit of Union Renewal. Environment and Planning A, 39: 10 2383-2404.

2007 World cities and union renewal. Geography Compass 1: 3, 673-694

2006 “We Make it Work”: The Cultural Transformation of Hotel Workers in the City. Antipode 38:2, 350-373

2004 Building the “Competitive City”: Labour and Toronto’s Bid to Host the Olympic Games. Geoforum (Special themed section on “New Geographies of Trade Unionism”), 35, 47-58.

Tufts S and S Milne 1999 Museums: a supply-side perspective Annals of Tourism Research 26:3 617-635

1998 Community unionism in Canada and labour’s (re)organization of space. Antipode 30:3 227-250.

Conference Papers

2015 Hotel sector development in an age of uncertainty: A labour perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April, Chicago, IL

Tufts, S and Thomas M 2015 Not so ‘Crazytown’: Labour, Austerity, and Urban Populism in Toronto. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Vancouver, BC June.

Tufts, S, Thomas, M, and Pupo N. 2015 Labour Market Adjustment in Hospitality. Fourth Global Economic Geographies Conference, Oxford UK, August 21.

2014 Tufts, S and Thomas M The Christian Labour Association of Canada: Between Company and Populist Unionism Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April, Tampa, FL

2014 The Particular Politics of Casino Development in Toronto: Organized Labour and the Great Casino Debate. Paper presented at CRIMT 2014 International Conference: New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work. May 14, Montreal

2014 Tufts S and S Milne Labour and the Greening of Hospitality: Raising Standards or Union Green- Washing?/Le travail et l’écologisation du secteur de l’hôtellerie: l’amélioration des normes ou l’écoblanchiment syndical. Paper presented at Sustainable Borders without Boundaries: The Intersection of Labour and the Environment Closing Plenary, Annual Meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, May 26, St Catharines, ON

2014 Working with unions as ‘elite voice’: labour geography, tourism research and methodological considerations Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 30, St Catharines, ON.

Thomas M and Tufts S 2013 The Populism-Austerity-Labour Nexus and Contradictory Union Resistance. Paper presented at the United Association for Labour Education Annual Conference. April 17-20, Toronto

2013 Labour Geography in the Age of Austerity. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, August, St John’s, Newfoundland

2012 Applying TIEDI’s Knowledge Mobilization Model to Immigrant Cities in Canada. Presentation to 14th National Metropolis Conference February 30, Toronto, ON

2012 Autonomous Labour Geography: An Inevitable ‘Fuzzy Middle’. Historical Materialism, Toronto, May 12

2012 Hotel workers and internal organizing: The case of Toronto’s UNITEHERE Local 75. Paper Presented at Organizing Hotel Workers Workshop, Oslo, Norway, June 14

2012 Union Strategy, Populism and the Struggle to Regulate Liquor Distribution: OPSEU and BCGEU Anti-Privatization Campaigns. Paper presented at Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies International CRIMT Conference October 26, Montreal

Tufts S, Milne S 2011 The Shift towards Green Hotels and Fair Labour Practices, in Canada, US, Ireland, and Australia. Paper presented and the Sustainable Community Business Conference. July 15, Sydney, NS

2011 Climate Change and Labour Union Strategy in the Accommodation Sector. Paper presented to the 25th Annual Conference of AIRAANZ, Auckland, NZ, Feb 4

2010 Tourism, Climate Change and the Missing Worker: Uneven Impacts, Institutions and Response Paper presented in special session Labour and the Environment: Climate Change, Environmental Issues and Labour Geography at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, June 1-5, Regina, SK

2010 Schumpeter’s Unions in the City. Paper presented at Historical Materialism, May 13-16, Toronto

2010 Union competition for hospitality workers: World wars and local battles. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 15, Washington, DC

2009 Labour Geographies of Organizing the Organized: The Curious Case of UNITE (and) HERE. Paper presented to Developing Theoretical Approaches in Labour Geography, June 11-12, University of Liverpool, UK

2009 Drying out the landscape: worker struggles to regulate liquor distribution in Canada. Paper presented in the special session Labour Geography: Retrospect and Prospect at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 23, Las Vegas

2009 Data and Community-Labour Groups - Toronto Immigrants and Decent Work Indicators. Workshop Presentation to 11th National Metropolis Conference, Calgary, March 21 2009.

2008 Toward a Comparative Framework for Union Strategic Corporate Research. Paper presented to Canadian Industrial Relations Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 4-6, 2008

2008 Organized labour and de(re)industrialization in Toronto. Paper presented in special session 'Labour Geographies' at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 2008, Quebec City

2008 Schumpeterian Unionism and ‘High-Road’ Dreams in Toronto’s Hospitality Sector. Paper presented to ‘Theoretical Approaches in Labour Geographies’, a conference sponsored by Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo and International Geographical Union Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces,Oslo, Norway, May14-15 (refereed)

2007 World Cities and Union Renewal: An Update. Paper presented at the New Voices in Labour Studies II Workshop. McMaster University October 19, Hamilton, Ontario

Tufts S and Holmes J 2007 Student Workers in Medium-Sized Urban Economies. Paper presented in special session 'Labour Geographies' at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 2007, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2007 Hospitality worker unionism and labour market adjustment: toward Schumpeterian unionism? Paper presented in the special session New Organizing Geographies in Services at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 21, San Francisco

Tufts S, Thomas MP, Pupo N 2006 Labour market adjustment and policy failure in the hospitality sector. Paper presented at Serving the New Economy: Critical Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism Work. October 13-14, Toronto, Ontario

2006 ‘Limited engagement’: Performance and hospitality worker resistance. Paper presented at special session at the Annual Meeting of Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, May 2006, Toronto, Ontario

Book Reviews

2014 Review Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery (2013) Union Voices: Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press Labour/Le Travail 74, 394-396

2010 Review of David Harvey (2009). Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom. New York: Columbia University Press. Socialist Studies 6 (2) 213-216

2008 Review of Pamela Nowicka (2007) The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism. Labour/Le Travail 62, 311-313

2007 Review Essay: Those Who Serve. Labour/Le Travail, 60, 237-246

2005 Review of Andrew Jackson’s (2005) Work and Labour in Canada: Critical Issues. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work & Society 6-7, 131-133

2005 Review of Karl S. Zimmerer and Thomas J Basset (2003) Political Ecology: An Integrative Approach to Geography and Environment-Development Studies. New York: Guilford Press. Canadian Geographer 49 (1), 118-120

2005 Review of Craig Heron’s (2003) Booze: A Distilled History. Toronto: Between the Lines. Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work & Society. volume 5, 90-92

2003 Review of Richard Florida’s (2002) The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, New York: Basic Books. Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work & Society volume 2, 86-88

Area of Specialization

Geography

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, York University
Master of Arts, Geography, Queen’s University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests:

Geography , Labour , Populism, Labour Market Adjustment and Integration, Work and Climate Change

All Publications

Book Chapters

2015 The hotel sector in an age of uncertainty: A labour perspective. In David Jordhus-Lier and Anders Underthun (eds) A Hospitable World? Organising Work and Workers in Hotels and Tourist Resorts, London: Routledge pp 52-66

Tufts S and S. Milne 2015 Labour and the Greening of Hospitality: Raising Standards or Union Greenwashing? In Carla Lipsig-Mummé and Stephen McBride (eds) Work in a Warming World. Kingston: McGill-Queen’s pp 173-194

2013 Tourism Climate Change and Work: Uneven Impacts, Institutions and Response. In Carla Lipsig-Mummé (ed) Climate@Work. Halifax: Fernwood, 141-160.

2011 Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75. In V. Shalla (ed) Working in a Global Era, Canadian Perspectives Second Edition. CSP, Toronto, Chapter 14, 381-402 (reprint of article in Kumar and Schenk 2006)

Tufts S and Holmes J 2010 Student Workers and the New Economy of Mid-sized Cities: The Cases of Peterborough and Kingston, Ontario. In N Pupo and M Thomas (eds) Interrogating the New Economy. Toronto: UTP, pp129-147 (chapter 7)

2010 Labor, Geography Of. Encyclopedia of Geography, Volume 4. Warf, B (ed) Sage Publications, 1675-1679

2010 Schumpeterian Unionism and ‘High-Road’ Dreams in Toronto’s Hospitality Sector. In Ann Cecilie Bergene, Sylvi B. Endresen and Hege Merete (eds) Missing Links in Labour Geographies. Ashgate pp83-97

Tufts S and S Milne 2007[1999] Museums: a supply-side perspective Annals of Tourism Research 26:3 617-635 reprinted in Managing Tourism Firms, ed Morley, C., Economics and Management of Tourism Series, eds Dwyer, L & Forsyth, P.J., Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham pp 539-557 (chapter 38).

2006 Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75. In P Kumar and C Schenk (Eds) Paths to Union Renewal: Canadian Experiences (Toronto: Broadview/Garamond/CCPA) pp201-220.

Journal Articles

Thomas, M and S Tufts 2015 Unions Confront Austerity and Populism in Canada. Antipode Online

Tufts, S and M. Thomas 2014 Populist Unionism Confronts Austerity in Canada. Labor Studies Journal 39:1 60–82

Carey J and S Tufts 2014 'Greening work' in Lean Times: The Amalgamated Transit Union and Public Transit Alternate Routes, 25:207-233

2009 Hospitality unionism and labour market adjustment: Toward Schumpeterian unionism? Geoforum 40: 6 980-990.

Tufts S and L Savage 2009 Labouring Geography: Negotiating Scales, Strategies and Future Directions. Geoforum (Editorial introduction to special Issue on Labouring Geography co-edited with Lydia Savage) 40 (6), 945-948

2007 Emerging labour strategies in Toronto’s Hotel Sector: Toward a Spatial Circuit of Union Renewal. Environment and Planning A, 39: 10 2383-2404.

2007 World cities and union renewal. Geography Compass 1: 3, 673-694

2006 “We Make it Work”: The Cultural Transformation of Hotel Workers in the City. Antipode 38:2, 350-373

2004 Building the “Competitive City”: Labour and Toronto’s Bid to Host the Olympic Games. Geoforum (Special themed section on “New Geographies of Trade Unionism”), 35, 47-58.

Tufts S and S Milne 1999 Museums: a supply-side perspective Annals of Tourism Research 26:3 617-635

1998 Community unionism in Canada and labour’s (re)organization of space. Antipode 30:3 227-250.

Conference Papers

2015 Hotel sector development in an age of uncertainty: A labour perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April, Chicago, IL

Tufts, S and Thomas M 2015 Not so ‘Crazytown’: Labour, Austerity, and Urban Populism in Toronto. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Vancouver, BC June.

Tufts, S, Thomas, M, and Pupo N. 2015 Labour Market Adjustment in Hospitality. Fourth Global Economic Geographies Conference, Oxford UK, August 21.

2014 Tufts, S and Thomas M The Christian Labour Association of Canada: Between Company and Populist Unionism Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April, Tampa, FL

2014 The Particular Politics of Casino Development in Toronto: Organized Labour and the Great Casino Debate. Paper presented at CRIMT 2014 International Conference: New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work. May 14, Montreal

2014 Tufts S and S Milne Labour and the Greening of Hospitality: Raising Standards or Union Green- Washing?/Le travail et l’écologisation du secteur de l’hôtellerie: l’amélioration des normes ou l’écoblanchiment syndical. Paper presented at Sustainable Borders without Boundaries: The Intersection of Labour and the Environment Closing Plenary, Annual Meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, May 26, St Catharines, ON

2014 Working with unions as ‘elite voice’: labour geography, tourism research and methodological considerations Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 30, St Catharines, ON.

Thomas M and Tufts S 2013 The Populism-Austerity-Labour Nexus and Contradictory Union Resistance. Paper presented at the United Association for Labour Education Annual Conference. April 17-20, Toronto

2013 Labour Geography in the Age of Austerity. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, August, St John’s, Newfoundland

2012 Applying TIEDI’s Knowledge Mobilization Model to Immigrant Cities in Canada. Presentation to 14th National Metropolis Conference February 30, Toronto, ON

2012 Autonomous Labour Geography: An Inevitable ‘Fuzzy Middle’. Historical Materialism, Toronto, May 12

2012 Hotel workers and internal organizing: The case of Toronto’s UNITEHERE Local 75. Paper Presented at Organizing Hotel Workers Workshop, Oslo, Norway, June 14

2012 Union Strategy, Populism and the Struggle to Regulate Liquor Distribution: OPSEU and BCGEU Anti-Privatization Campaigns. Paper presented at Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies International CRIMT Conference October 26, Montreal

Tufts S, Milne S 2011 The Shift towards Green Hotels and Fair Labour Practices, in Canada, US, Ireland, and Australia. Paper presented and the Sustainable Community Business Conference. July 15, Sydney, NS

2011 Climate Change and Labour Union Strategy in the Accommodation Sector. Paper presented to the 25th Annual Conference of AIRAANZ, Auckland, NZ, Feb 4

2010 Tourism, Climate Change and the Missing Worker: Uneven Impacts, Institutions and Response Paper presented in special session Labour and the Environment: Climate Change, Environmental Issues and Labour Geography at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, June 1-5, Regina, SK

2010 Schumpeter’s Unions in the City. Paper presented at Historical Materialism, May 13-16, Toronto

2010 Union competition for hospitality workers: World wars and local battles. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 15, Washington, DC

2009 Labour Geographies of Organizing the Organized: The Curious Case of UNITE (and) HERE. Paper presented to Developing Theoretical Approaches in Labour Geography, June 11-12, University of Liverpool, UK

2009 Drying out the landscape: worker struggles to regulate liquor distribution in Canada. Paper presented in the special session Labour Geography: Retrospect and Prospect at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 23, Las Vegas

2009 Data and Community-Labour Groups - Toronto Immigrants and Decent Work Indicators. Workshop Presentation to 11th National Metropolis Conference, Calgary, March 21 2009.

2008 Toward a Comparative Framework for Union Strategic Corporate Research. Paper presented to Canadian Industrial Relations Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 4-6, 2008

2008 Organized labour and de(re)industrialization in Toronto. Paper presented in special session 'Labour Geographies' at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 2008, Quebec City

2008 Schumpeterian Unionism and ‘High-Road’ Dreams in Toronto’s Hospitality Sector. Paper presented to ‘Theoretical Approaches in Labour Geographies’, a conference sponsored by Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo and International Geographical Union Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces,Oslo, Norway, May14-15 (refereed)

2007 World Cities and Union Renewal: An Update. Paper presented at the New Voices in Labour Studies II Workshop. McMaster University October 19, Hamilton, Ontario

Tufts S and Holmes J 2007 Student Workers in Medium-Sized Urban Economies. Paper presented in special session 'Labour Geographies' at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 2007, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2007 Hospitality worker unionism and labour market adjustment: toward Schumpeterian unionism? Paper presented in the special session New Organizing Geographies in Services at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 21, San Francisco

Tufts S, Thomas MP, Pupo N 2006 Labour market adjustment and policy failure in the hospitality sector. Paper presented at Serving the New Economy: Critical Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism Work. October 13-14, Toronto, Ontario

2006 ‘Limited engagement’: Performance and hospitality worker resistance. Paper presented at special session at the Annual Meeting of Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, May 2006, Toronto, Ontario

Book Reviews

2014 Review Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery (2013) Union Voices: Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press Labour/Le Travail 74, 394-396

2010 Review of David Harvey (2009). Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom. New York: Columbia University Press. Socialist Studies 6 (2) 213-216

2008 Review of Pamela Nowicka (2007) The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism. Labour/Le Travail 62, 311-313

2007 Review Essay: Those Who Serve. Labour/Le Travail, 60, 237-246

2005 Review of Andrew Jackson’s (2005) Work and Labour in Canada: Critical Issues. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work & Society 6-7, 131-133

2005 Review of Karl S. Zimmerer and Thomas J Basset (2003) Political Ecology: An Integrative Approach to Geography and Environment-Development Studies. New York: Guilford Press. Canadian Geographer 49 (1), 118-120

2005 Review of Craig Heron’s (2003) Booze: A Distilled History. Toronto: Between the Lines. Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work & Society. volume 5, 90-92

2003 Review of Richard Florida’s (2002) The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, New York: Basic Books. Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work & Society volume 2, 86-88