My research agenda is guided by an overarching concern for 1) how individuals and organizations navigate conditions of uncertainty—for example, institutional responses to economic austerity or the social dimensions of precarious citizenship status; and, 2) the parallel importance of practices of creativity that respond to these uncertainties. I pursue these themes through theoretically informed, qualitative research on a range of topics, including urban cultural production and creativity-led urban development, migrant agricultural workers in Nova Scotia, and everyday sociability in public spaces (Sociable Cities Project (SSHRC-IG), with M. Horgan).
I am currently finishing a book on the relationship between artistic creativity and compromise, and I am starting a project on professional actors and performance work in the screen industry in Canada (SSHRC-IDG).
As a graduate of Social and Political Thought (York University), I am committed to supporting interdisciplinary inquiry and research in the social sciences. I welcome the opportunity to supervise graduate students who would like to pursue advanced research within any of my areas of specialization.
Liinamaa, S. (2019). “The Aesthetics of Spatial Justice Under Planetary Urbanization.” In Leary-Owhin, M. and McCarthy, J. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City, and Society (pp. 336-345). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Liinamaa, S. 2018. “Negotiating a ‘Radically Ambiguous World’: Planning for the Future of Research at the Art and Design University.” International Journal of Art & Design Education 37 (3): 426–37. https://doi.org/10.1111/jade.12143.
Horgan, M., and S. Liinamaa. 2017. “The Social Quarantining of Migrant Labour: Everyday Effects of Temporary Foreign Worker Regulation in Canada.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43 (5): 713–30. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202752.
Liinamaa, S. 2017. “The Creative City and the Fun and Games of Creative Citizenship.” In Kurasawa, F. (Ed.), Interrogating the Social: A Critical Sociology for the 21st Century (pp. 219-246). New York: Palgrave.
Horgan, M., & Saara Liinamaa. 2017. “First But Not a Founder: Gender, identity and the exclusion of Annie Marion MacLean from the history of Canadian sociology.” In Tepperman, L. and P. Albanese. (Eds.), Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives (pp. 121-126). Toronto: Oxford University Press.
Liinamaa, Saara. 2014. “The Artist as Urban Researcher.” In Marchessault. J. and M. Darroch (Eds.), Cartographies of Place: Ways of Representing the Urban (pp. 115-146.). Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.
Principal Investigator, SSHRC Development Grant (2020)