Model City

Model City - Active

The 'Calgary model’ for dog regulation is internationally recognised, and increasingly relies on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Such technologies are used (1) to collect data and document canine population in the city, through the licensing of dogs; (2) to identify ‘problematic’ dogs and dog- owners; and (3) to interact with residents through official channels (e.g., centralised telephone number, mobile app), mainstream media, and social media (e.g. Facebook groups, Twitter). Such practices relate directly to the burgeoning literature in disciplines such as anthropology, geography, and political science on ‘smart cities’. 

By adopting this lens of analysis, this project seeks to go beyond broad policy debates around 'breed-specific legislation', and rather place the focus on the implementation of municipal bylaws. Its methodology is qualitative in nature: we rely on participant observation with bylaw officers (ride-alongs), in-depth interviews with key informants (bylaw officers and managers, members from community-based organisations, etc.) and the analysis of policy documents and media coverage influencing public debate around the regulation of companion animals in Calgary.

Key research personnel:

Melanie Rock (PI)
Olga Solomon (co-investigator)
Morgan Mouton (postdoctoral research associate)