Amanda De Lisio

Assistant Professor

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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, Executive Member of CITY Institute, and Co-Director (with Dr. Tuulia Law) of the Critical Trafficking and Sex Work Studies Research Cluster at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. Her research is broadly interested in health, informality, and urban development in mega-event host cities, as informed by women (cis and trans*) in popular economies in the Global South. 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., Woodworth, S., *Taha-Thomure, R., Fusco, C. (accepted, in press). Shelter in Place: Pandemic Prudentialism & Park Space in Toronto/Tkaronto. Submitted to ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies

  2. 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.

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

  4. *Bhimani, Z. & De Lisio, A. (2023). The Sport Spectacle and Fictitious Capital. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. Special Issue: Foregrounding a Rights-Based Agenda for Sport Events. Available online. 

  5. *Oliver, B. & De Lisio, A. (2023). Rights, Not Rescue: Coloniality of Anti-Trafficking and FIFA. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. Special Issue: Foregrounding a Rights-Based Agenda for Sport Events. Available online. 

  6. De Lisio, A. (2022). Amanda Grenier. Late-Life Homelessness: Experiences of Disadvantage and Unequal Aging. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2021. Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, 1-2. 

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

  8. 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. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.  

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

*student/community researcher


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