Amanda De Lisio

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

322 Stong College - SC
Keele Campus
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext. 77056

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2016
University of Toronto

MA - 2010
University of British Columbia

BEd - 2008
Brock University


Amanda De Lisio is an assistant professor of physical culture, policy and sustainable development in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. She is also affiliated with the City Institute at York University. Her research is focused on development and displacement in FIFA and Olympic host cities. Her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded dissertation examined the impact of event urbanism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, particularly on women involved in informal, precarious labour. Prior to York University, she taught classes on urban geography, political economy, and the sociology of health and physical culture at the University of Toronto (2015-20) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Bournemouth University (2016-18) as well as Brock University (2018-20). Her work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in England, Mitacs Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and published in academic and popular presses in English and Portuguese.

Selected Publications

  1. De Lisio, A. (accepted, in press). On Sex in the City of God. In Fouskas, T. (Ed.), Migrants and Refugees in Times of Crisis. Athens, Greece: European Public Law Organization.  

  2. De Lisio, A. & Cipparrone, J.S. (accepted, in press). Clap for Landlords. In Springer, A.S. & Turpin, E. (Eds.), Decapitated EconomyBerlin, Germany: K. Verlag.  

  3. De Lisio, A. & Fusco, C. (2019). Creative Destruction: Zika and (Alleged) Bodies of Contagion. Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, 38(1): 1-30.

  4. De Lisio, A., Fusco, C. & Yerashotis, G. (2019). Playing in the Shadow of Event Urbanism: Newcomer Youth, Neighbourhood Change, and TO2015. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure2(1-2): 195-218. 

  5. De Lisio, A., Hubbard, P. and Silk, M. (2019). Economies of (Alleged) Deviance: Sex Work and the Sport Mega-Event. Sexuality Research and Social Policy16(2): 179-189. 

  6. De Lisio, A. & Sodré, J. (2019). O modelo de desenvolvimento FIFA-COI e a iminência do espaço erótico [Portuguese]. In de Oliveira, A.C. (Ed.), Melhores Práticas em Planejamento Urbano e Regional (pp. 50-64). Ponta Grossa, PR: Atena Editora.  

  7. De Lisio, A. & Sodré, J. (2018). FIFA/IOC-Sanctioned Development and the Imminence of Erotic Space. Bulletin of Latin American Research38(3): 333-346. 

  8. Blanchette, T., Da Silva, A. & De Lisio, A. (2018). “Pomba Gira keeps an eye on us”: The presence of the Orixá in Rio de Janeiro brothels. Studia Religiologica51(4): 247-263.

  9. De Lisio, A., Brêtas, T., Silk, M., & Hubbard, P. (2017). Shadow Host Economies: Sex Work and the Sport Mega-Event. In Mataruna dos Santos, L. & Pena, B.G. (Eds.), Mega-Events Footprints: Past, Present and Future (pp. 782-802). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Engenho.

  10. De Lisio, A. (2015). Preserving Spaces of Uncertainty: Bioremediation, Urbanism and the Sporting Spectacle. In Trifonas, P.P. (Ed.), International Handbook of Semiotics (pp. 617-628). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes