Rory Sommers

Rory Sommers

Rory Sommers


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Rory Sommers completed his BA in Criminology from Wilfrid Laurier and his MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph.  Rory received his PhD in Sociological-Criminology from the University of Guelph where he examined how municipal by-laws govern the everyday lives of urban citizens. Rory’s past research has focused on homelessness and poverty in Canada.


Hathaway, A. D., Sommers, R., & Mostaghim, A. (2020). Active interview tactics revisited: A multigenerational perspective. Qualitative Sociology Review, 16(2), 106-119.

Sommers, R. (2016). Governing incivility: An ethnographic account of municipal law enforcement, urban renewal and neighbourhood conflict in the city of Hamilton (Doctoral dissertation, University of Guelph).

Sommers, R. (2013). Governing the Streets: The Legal, Social and Moral Regulation of Homeless Youth. In Gaetz, S., O’Grady, B., Buccieri, K., Karabanow, J., & Marsolais, A. (Eds.), Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice (369-386). Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.

Research Interests

  • Urban Sociology
  • Urban Governance
  • Municipal Law Enforcement and Policing
  • Ethnography
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