Simon Black writes and speaks on work and labour, cities, social inequality, and social movements.

He is an award-winning teacher and author of Social Reproduction and the City: Welfare Reform, Child Care, and Resistance in Neoliberal New York, published in 2020 by the University of Georgia Press.

In 2017, Black researched and co-produced It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform, a documentary short film on police violence, anti-Black racism, and resistance.

Black’s writing has appeared in The Toronto StarThe ConversationNow, Literary Review of Canada and the International Socialist Review. He is a contributing editor of the anti-poverty newspaper, The Tough Times, and writes a sports column, from a radical’s perspective, for Canadian Dimension magazine.

Black’s research has been published in Studies in Political Economy, Labor Studies JournalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional ResearchLabour, Capital and Society and New Labor Forum.

Black is Associate Professor of Labour Studies at Brock University where he is also a faculty affiliate in the Social Justice and Equity Studies program.

He is the founder of Labour Against the Arms Trade, a coalition of peace and labour activists working to end Canada’s participation in the international arms trade and secure a just transition for arms industry workers.


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