Emily Power

MScPl Student, (she/her)


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Planning and social justice, Gentrification, Pension fund investments in real estate, Landlord technology, Financialization, Class composition, Social reproduction theory, Participatory-action research.


Emily Power is a student in the Master of Science in Planning program in the Department of Geography and Planning (St. George). Her master’s thesis looks at tenant dispossession and landlord accumulation under the pandemic in Toronto, by tracking the expansion of financialized landlord holdings and analyzing rates of rent arrears and evictions. Her thesis committee includes Dr. Alan Walks, Dr. Zachary Hyde, and Dr. Martine August. Emily is a graduate student fellow with the U of T Mobility Lab, doing research on transit-induced gentrification and displacement resulting from Hamilton’s light rail transit project. This research focuses on the experiences of tenants fighting back against eviction and demolition of their homes by Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton, and the impacts on the broader working-class Afro-Caribbean neighbourhoods along the route. She is also a research assistant with the Affordable Housing Challenge Project, led by Dr. Susannah Bunce and Dr. Alan Walks. Under the supervision of Dr. Walks, she is doing research on Canadian public sector pension fund investments in rental housing. Emily is active in tenant organizing in Hamilton where she lives.


Bachelor of Arts and Science, McMaster University