2020 Urban Leadership Fellowship

As part of its mission, the School of Cities Student Fellowship Award provides a forum for urban-focused interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. 

SofC Student Fellows are current U of T students with a strong interest in and passion for urban issues and critical challenges and are leading an innovative and impactful project this term. Meet our 2020 Fellows: 


Undergraduate Fellows

Semilore Ajayi

Semilore Ajayi

Project Title: Missing Links: The Effects of Homelessness and Unemployment on Youth in Nigeria

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African Studies

 

 

Semilore Ajayi is a 4th year Political Science and African Studies student passionate about inequality debates surrounding the development myth and urbanization in Africa, specifically in Nigeria, her home country. Her research interests include issues of inequality, infrastructure, urbanization and policy affecting youth in African and global contexts. She focuses on how international policy, international law, governance, development and civic engagement intersect to influence the tangible needs of the everyday youth. Furthermore, she looks to explore the importance of social entrepreneurship and the non-profit sector in their abilities to advocate for disadvantaged communities.  

Her experiences range from professional settings to community organization and advocacy, which combine to provide her with unique insights and perspectives when problem-solving. She has extensive experience as a youth leader, having managed budgets of over $70,000, written grant applications and proposals, managed projects and planned large events. Semilore believes in constant learning, growth, introspection, and self-awareness as the beginnings of effective innovation and hopes to advocate for and instill the above in youth across the country and the world. 

Read more about Semilore's thoughts and journey in her Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Adam-El-Masri

Adam-El-Masri

Project Title: Cup Collective TO – Eliminating Single-Use Coffee Cup Waste Through Community Participatory Action

Program of Study: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Indigenous Studies

 

 

Adam is a 4th+ year Computer Science and Indigenous Studies major with over 6 years experience in the field of software engineering including social innovation, autonomous vehicles, cryptocurrency, finance, education and health technologies. He is a software development instructor with the School of Continuing Studies and a head teaching assistant within the department of Computer Science. He has been actively involved in civic engagement for over 3 years as the lead for a City of Toronto youth advocacy committee (YDAC). He is the founder of a tech-oriented non-profit (Dana Project) and a poverty alleviation advocate, working on a multitude of local projects within Engineers Without Borders. He volunteers for and consults on numerous non-profit projects on a regular basis. Above all else, Adam is a long-time and passionate Torontonian who is fixated on leveraging technology and agile processes for the purposes of bettering our communities.

Read more about Adam's work with the formation of an Emergency Foodbank for students in his Q&A with SofCSofC Fellow leads an initiative to create UofT Emergency Foodbank.

 

Conroy Gomes

Conroy Gomes

Project Title: Creative Activism: The Role of Art in Oppression and the City

Program of Study: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Biology and Physiology

Project Report:PDF iconConroy Gomes (2020). Creative Activism: The Role of Art in Oppression and the City. A research report. Toronto: CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

As a current Honours Bachelor of Science Candidate majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology, Conroy is a passionate, experienced, and knowledgeable student leader within the academic community at the University of Toronto. Growing up in traditionally underprivileged areas gave him an early understanding of the role of urbanization and infrastructure mismanagement in social and health inequalities. Conroy is driven to use his passions in public health policy, research and law, toward the demonopolization of resources for traditionally underserved peoples. He has engaged in advocacy, outreach, and leadership on the ground through community-service development, policy, research, and student initiatives. These activities encompass work at institutions such as the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Kensington Health, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the University of Toronto International Health Program. 

Through his professional, academic, and personal experiences, Conroy has instantiated a strong understanding of how health/social infrastructure and services contribute to the vitality of disparaged populations while remaining undeterred to offering an empathetic and engaged perspective on such issues. His interests in health and social issues go far beyond traditional science avenues, hence his involvement with the School of Cities. Through his current fellowship within the School of Cities, Conroy will be examining the role of art as a vehicle against oppression by disparaged populations and in the construction of cities as well as their amalgamation of culture. As a deliverable for this project, an art gala and book will be curated by Conroy featuring the artworks of traditionally underrepresented artists and their messages.

Learn more about Conroy's project: Creative Activism: The Role of Art in Oppression and the City

Conroy Gomes' Project Creative Activism - illustrative image of person whose eye are bleeding and covered by hands that mar their ability to see clearly.
This work aims to study and report on the use of art by artists in the ever-evolving digital landscape that we find our global society entrenched in.

Read more about Conroy's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Kandeel Imran

Project Title: The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant-owned food businesses in Toronto's suburbs

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts in City Studies and Public Policy

 

Kandeel Imran is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough majoring in City Studies and Public Policy, and minoring in Critical Migration Studies. Currently, she is the elected student representative for the department of Human Geography in the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union. This summer she worked as the Community Program Assistant at Heritage Toronto, a City of Toronto agency and non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the recognition of the history and cultural heritage of Toronto neighbourhoods through walking tours, plaques, and awards. Kandeel is interested in community development, especially as it relates to the intersections of immigrant businesses and placemaking in the suburbs of Toronto.

Watch Kandeel's presentation at the 2020 School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy Virtual Research Festival below.

 

 

Michael Cameron McCulloch

Michael Cameron McCulloch

Project Title: Beyond Bike Lanes: Cycling-Exclusive Infrastructure for Safer, More Sustainable Cities

Program of Study: Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering

 

 

Michael is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT) and works on campus at the Centre for Quantitative Analysis & Modelling at the Fields Institute. Over the course of his degree, he hopes to specialize in Geological Engineering and Mining Finance before beginning a new career in mining and natural resources. Prior to his current studies, Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies from Carleton College and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. He also worked for many years as an environmental policy researcher and grant manager for the World Bank in Brazil. His goal, in the future, is to merge the lessons of his past experience with his technical coursework at UofT to support the global mining industry in developing better, more sustainable business practices.

Read more about Michael's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature"Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Jigme Lhamo

Jigme Lhamo

Project Title: Compassion & Empathy: Contributing to Community of Care using Tibetan Buddhist Philosophies

Program of Study: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Exceptionality in Learning

Project ReportJigme Tsering (2020). Compassion and Empathy- Contributing to a Community of Care Using Tibetan Buddhist Philosophies. A research presentation. Toronto, CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jigme Lhamo Tsering is a Tibetan-Canadian immigrant currently finishing her bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Exceptionality in Learning at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Jigme is passionate about advocacy, social justice, and is an active member of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) Canada. Jigme’s involvement with SFT has given her the opportunity to grow as an activist and learn the importance of grassroots movements, representation and intersectionality. She hopes to study the effects of diaspora on mental health and service utilization among the Tibetan Community in attempts to establish a diverse range of representation in research and academia. 

Learn more about Jigme's project: Compassion & Empathy: Contributing to a Community of Care using Tibetan Buddhist Philosophies

A Flyer sharing Do's and Don'ts of building a community of care using Tibetan philosophies - an excerpt from Jigme's project report

A flyer on the Dos and Donts of building a community of care

Read more about Jigme's thoughts and journey in her Students in the Spotlight feature"Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Phil Lu

Phil Lu

Project Title: Modeling the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicle Fleets on Toronto

Program of Study: Bachelor of Applied Science in  Engineering Science, Robotics Engineering Major

Project Report: Phil Lu (2020). Modelling the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicle Fleets on Toronto. Toronto: CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

Phil is a fourth-year student studying Engineering Science with a major in Robotics at the University of Toronto. He is the Managing Director of Global Engineering Week (GE Week), an initiative that engaged nearly 10,000 students across Canada in multidisciplinary problem-solving. As part of GE Week, he co-founded Hack the Globe, a hackathon that challenges students to innovate a tech-based social enterprise to address global issues. Phil is passionate about tackling problems at the intersection of AI/robotics and the social sciences and hopes to explore how urban issues are impacted by the rise of connected, intelligent systems.

Learn more about Phil's project: Modeling the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicle Fleets on Toronto

Distance travelled to age of the users graph on the left. Wait times to age of the users graph on the right, to depict the relationship between user needs and service delivery times in the case of autonomous vehicle fleets in Toronto.

Box plot showing customer trip distances (right) and wait times (left) across age ranges. 

Visit the project website to learn more about the project and to access the data and open-source code.

Read more about Phil's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Jusy Perpose headshot

Judy Perpose

Project Title: Rebuilding Toronto's Gig Economy: Reimagining Social Policy for Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Global Asia Studies and Urban Public Policy & Governance

Project Report: Judy Perpose. (2020). Rebuilding Toronto's Gig Economy: Reimagining social policy for vulnerable work. Toronto, Canada. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy is an undergraduate student studying Public Policy, Global Asia Studies and Urban Governance. Her research interests include comparative public policy, Pacific Asia history and politics, forced migration and political systems and theories. While studying, Judy has worked for Toronto Deputy Mayor De Baeremaeker (2015-2018) and is currently, Assistant, Special Projects to Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto in June 2020, Judy hopes to pursue a masters and PhD in comparative public policy. As part of the 2018 Jackman Humanities Institute Scholars in Residence Program, Judy worked with a team of multi-disciplinary researchers on the history of settlement relocation and social engineering in ancient China and how such settlement patterns serve political needs. She has also conducted solo research on the history of Transportation in Scarborough with the Scarborough Archives and Historical Society. Judy has represented her university at the 2019 Global Vision Trade Mission to China, World Model United Nations conference in Panama City (2018) and Harvard University’s National Model United Nations conferences in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Learn more about Judy's project "Rebuilding Toronto's Gig Economy: Reimagining Social Policy for Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work"

Read more about Judy's thoughts and journey in her Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Yusra Qazi

Project Title: Carceral Geography: Reimagining the Experience of Incarceration in Ontario Using Human-Centered Design Innovation

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Sociology and Writing & Rhetoric

After pursuing professional and academic interests at the intersection of law, social work and public policy, Yusra's interests in correctional policies, procedures and programming led her to the field of carceral geography. She is interested in critically evaluating spaces of incarceration and detention in order to strategically, efficiently and equitably support reintegration outcomes for offenders. With experience in counselling detainees, facilitating psychoeducational services, and developing learning materials for inmates, Yusra has developed an extensive background working with populations in conflict with the law, and is interested in leading and developing policy research on detention centers and prisons in Ontario.

 

Tzu Chen

 

Tzu Chen Wang

Project Title: Solutions to the Small Business Affordability Crisis?

Program of Study: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health

 

 

Tzu Chen is a fourth-year student studying environmental health in the School of the Environment. Sustainable development has always been a topic that interests them. Studying environmental health has helped them realize that the environment we live in is a complex and multidisciplinary one. Moreover, when talking about sustainability, we usually talk about greener future (environment), economic growth (economic) and health condition (social). With topics such as Google Smart City becoming more apparent, Tzu Chen realized that we took so much for granted living in the city. More and more stores are struggling to survive because of high rents. It was then when Tzu Chen realized that when we talk about the three pillars of sustainability, we underestimated the importance of culture in social. If all we see is the big-name brands on the streets, this city will lose all its characters. Tzu Chen does not see this as a future we are all looking forward to.

Visit the project website to learn more about Tzu Chen's initiative TENATCH. TENATCH is a startup based in Toronto that is solving the affordability crisis of small businesses where they are faced with both unaffordable rents and the lack of an established online marketplace.

Read more about Tzu Chen's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Sydney Narciso Wilson

Sydney Narciso Wilson

Project Title: Between These Walls: How has the collapsed spatiality of COVID-19 created a new and gendered experience of 'Home’

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts in History, Human Geography, and Peace, Conflict & Justice

 

Sydney is an undergraduate student double majoring in History and Peace, Conflict & Justice and minoring in Human Geography. A lifelong Torontonian she has divided her time between research, activism and community development work. She is particularly interested in gender analysis and intersectional feminism. As part of the Trinity College Research Program, she is in the final stages of a major research project assessing government policies' effect on the health of Indigenous sex workers, who are overrepresented in the sex industry at a rate of up to ten times their percentage of the general population. Previously, she spent three months in New Zealand as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar conducting research on colonial education's impact on gender roles in Maori communities.

Sydney has been involved in political organizing, feminist advocacy and LGBT community support in Toronto since her early teens. Most recently, Sydney spent the summer guiding youth facing barriers through extended backcountry canoe trips as a means of encouraging personal development and experiencing the therapeutic value of the wilderness.

Watch Sydney's presentation at the 2020 School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy Virtual Research Festival below.

 

Read more about Sydney's motivation and activism in motivation and activism in her Q&A with SofC: "Take this opportunity to get back to the roots of pride" - Student Fellow & activist shares a message of inspiration in chaotic times.

 

Jessica Ye

 

Ze Xi (Jessica) Ye

Project Title: Sim George: Toronto From Home

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sexual Diversity Studies

 

 

Ze Xi “Jessica” Ye is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in History with minors in Anthropology and Sexual Diversity Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Her research interests include archival accessibility, examining power structures through an intersectional lens, and telling the stories of the marginalized. Toronto fascinates her as a transnational city with a complex identity and a history that continues to impact its present. She hopes to alleviate the informational barrier between people and the places they live, to create a context for their experiences. Diverse, inclusive cities do not pop up overnight and she believes understanding the process to achieve this goal is just as important as getting there.

Learn more about Jessica's project:  Sim George: Toronto From Home

Read more about Jessica's thoughts and journey in her Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 


Graduate Fellows

 

Janelle Brady

Janelle Brady

Project Title: Black Mother's Community Research Project on the Schooling and Education Experiences for Black students

Program of Study: PhD in Education (OISE)

 

 

Janelle is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in the University of Toronto. Her work looks at Black mothering experiences in the schooling and education system. At OISE, Janelle is currently a coordinator of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies and co-coordinated the Decolonizing Conference in 2016 and 2018. She is faculty at George Brown College and the University of Guelph Humber and recently taught at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Janelle is involved in activism and political organizing such as the Women’s March Toronto and the NDP’s Ethno-Racial Equity Committee. Janelle is currently the Vice President of the Ontario NDP and serves on other boards of directors including Community Forward, Progress Toronto and Regenesis. Janelle was recently recognized by the University of Toronto with the International Day for the End of Racial Discrimination Award.

Her experiences range from professional settings to community organization and advocacy, which combine to provide her with unique insights and perspectives when problem-solving. She has extensive experience as a youth leader, having managed budgets of over $70,000, written grant applications and proposals, managed projects and planned large events. Semilore believes in constant learning, growth, introspection, and self-awareness as the beginnings of effective innovation and hopes to advocate for and instill the above in youth across the country and the world. 

Read more about Janelle's motivation and activism in her Q&A with SofC : Lessons in Giving Back

 

James Gibb

James Gibb

Project Title: Sexual and Gender Minority People’s Health Vulnerabilities During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Program of Study: Master of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology

Project Report:PDF icon James K Gibb (2020). Sexual and gender minority people’s health vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 health crisis. A research presentation. Toronto: CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

James K Gibb is a Master’s of Science candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His MSc research examines the factors contributing to sexual orientation disparities in adult male height and health using longitudinal data on child growth. Prior to his graduate studies, he received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Waterloo. His research focused on the ways social stigma and discrimination influence non-communicable disease risk among persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.

Journal ArticlePDF icon Gibb, J. K., Dubois, L. Z., Williams, S., Mckerracher, L., Juster, R., & Fields, J. (2020). Sexual and gender minority health vulnerabilities during the COVID ‐19 health crisis. American Journal of Human Biology, 32(5). doi:10.1002/ajhb.23499

Read more about James' motivation behind this project in his Q&A with SofC: On the Fringes of Care

 

Ryan Khurana

Ryan Khurana

Project Title: Toronto’s Smart City Future Post-Sidewalk Labs

Program of Study: Master of Management Analytics (Rotman)

Project Report:PDF iconRyan Khurana (2020). The Future of Quayside. A research presentation. Toronto: CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

 

Ryan Khurana is a Management Analytics candidate at the Rotman School of Management. He has a background in technology policy working on issues including automation, data governance, and platform regulation. He holds a BA from the University of Manchester in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. His two passions in life are films and watches.

Read more about Ryan's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Lloyd McArton

Lloyd McArton

Project Title: From the Outside In: Conversations with GTA Indie Musicians

Program of Study: PhD in Music Education (Faculty of Music)

Project Report: Lloyd McArton (2020). Outside In: Conversations with GTA Indie Musicians. A research presentation. Toronto, CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.pdf

 

Lloyd is a musician, teacher, and researcher originally from Parry Sound, Ontario. He is working on his PhD dissertation at the Faculty of Music, conducting research on independent music scenes and how people learn to create musical lives within them. Other areas of research have included exploring the inequitable variance in access to avenues of musical learning, and devising ways to ameliorate barriers that may be contributing to those discrepancies. Outside of academia, Lloyd works, creates, and facilitates others’ learning as a DIY multi-instrumentalist and educator. He teaches music at Humberside Montessori School and plays guitar and saxophone in the indie rock band Lost Cousins.

Listen to "Outside In: Conversations with GTA Indie Musicians" - A short podcast series with indie musicians living outside of Toronto's downtown core. It talks about the disruptions caused by COVID-19, side-jobs, families, other responsibilities and their effects on leading musical lives, produced by Lloyd McArton as a part of his project.

Read more about Lloyd's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Garrett Morgan

Garrett Morgan

Project Title: Get with the Post-Pandemic Program: De-siloing Graduate Education in Planning, Public Health, and Architecture in Response to COVID-19

Program of Study: PhD in Geography and Planning

 

 

Garrett is an urban planner and sustainable development consultant with professional experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Canada and the United States. A PhD student in Planning, his research broadly explores community resilience, sustainable transitions, global health, and climate governance. At UofT, he is a member of two collaborative specializations: Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Environment & Health at the School of the Environment. He is also a Junior Fellow at Massey College. In addition to serving as a teaching assistant in the Department of Geography and Planning and John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Garrett currently works as a Research Assistant on a CIHR-funded Healthy and Resilient Cities research project as well as at the Sustainable Built Environments Performance Assessment (SBEPA) network.

He holds a Masters of Science in Planning (MScPl) from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Science in Urban Regeneration (MSc) from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelors of Arts in History from Vanderbilt University. Additionally, he is a registered LEED Green Associate and WELL Accredited Professional. 

Outside of academia, Garrett enjoys travelling with his wife who is an art historian spending lazy weekends with their two cats: Hogan and Gertrude.

Read more about Garrett's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Soukayna Remmal

Soukayna Remmal

Project Title: Sustainable Urbanization in Africa: Challenges and Policy Options 

Program of Study: Master in Global Affairs (Munk School of Global Affairs)

 

 

 

Soukayna Remmal is currently pursuing a dual degree Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPP/MGA) at SciencesPo Paris and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Prior to that, she graduated with a B.A in International Relations and a minor in African Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane-Morocco. In pursuit of her degrees, she completed internships at a think tank, an embassy, and an international humanitarian organization. Her areas of interest are policy, advocacy, African urbanization, and international cooperation in the Global South.

Read more about Soukayna's thoughts and journey in her Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

 

Daniel Tse

Daniel Tse

Project Title: Place Identity: Urban Water in the Anthropocene

Program of Study: Master of Cities Engineering and Management (Faculty of Engineering)

Project Report​Daniel Tse (2020). Place Identity Urban Water and the Anthropocene. A research report. Toronto. CA. School of Cities. University of Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Tse is a civil engineer and master’s candidate in Cities Engineering and Management. Passionate about cities and infrastructure, he hopes to impact the sustainability and resilience of global urbanization. Daniel completed his bachelor’s degree at UBC and worked in land development consulting in Calgary for 5 years before moving to Toronto. In his spare time, he enjoys the storytelling of podcasts, the context and subjectivity of art, and the intercultural and self-discovery opportunities of solo travel. He has interests in queerness, equity, and urban and global affairs. He has a hobby Instagram account @tuesday.in.toronto.

Explore this project presentation to learn more about Daniel's project.

Read more about Daniel's thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

Michelle Verbeek

Project Title: Urban Disaster Risk & the Covid-19 Pandemic

Program of Study: Master of Global Affairs (Munk School)

Project ReportMichelle Verbeek (2020). Urban Disaster Risk & the COVID-19 Pandemic. A research paper. Toronto CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto

 

Michelle Verbeek is a current Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School, specializing in innovation policy. During her undergraduate studies in Human Geography at McMaster University, Michelle developed an interest in working with urban issues while developing a policy research project assessing the impact of high-rise dwellings on Toronto’s critical infrastructure. During her studies at Munk, Michelle has had the opportunity to work with the Reach Project in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she worked on social innovation interventions and studied infrastructure deficiencies in irregular settlements. Currently, Michelle is working at the Urban Policy Lab where she is conducting research on local municipality’s capacities for digital governance. Michelle looks forward to utilizing her professional and academic experiences post-graduation while working in the field of urban development, intensification, and resilience.

Explore this project presentation to learn more about Michelle's project.

 

Ivee Wang

 

Ivee Yiyao Wang

Project Title: Alternative Concrete

Program of Study:  Master of Architecture (Daniels)

 

 

Ivee Yiyao Wang is an aspiring architect who sees the impact of architecture on global environmental issues and strives to improve it through innovative design solutions. Having pursued architecture for seven years, Ivee worked internationally on projects of various scales and programs. Through this experience, she observed a growing awareness of sustainability in architecture. But there remains a disconnection between technological development and architectural design, especially in "everyday" architecture that serves commercial and residential programs. Sustainable design needs to be widely accessible and desirable by the public in order to be impactful. She hopes to dedicate her thesis research on this topic, and collaborate with the outstanding faculty of U of T engineering department to design prototypes of innovative and elegant sustainable architecture. 

Visit the project website to learn more about Ivee's intervention Alternative Concrete. Project Alternative Concrete advocates for a circular path, in which architecture can serve multiple lifecycles through both material recycling and adaptive reuse.

 

Mischa Young

Mischa Young

Project Title: The True Cost of Sharing: a Detour Penalty Analysis Between UberPool and UberX Trips in Toronto

Program of Study: PhD in Geography and Planning

Project Report:PDF icon Mischa Young (2020). Mischa Young (2020). The True Cost of Sharing: A Detour Penalty Analysis Between UberPool and UberX in Toronto. Toronto, CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto

 

Mischa Young has recently graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on emerging transportation technologies and the future of personal mobility. He is particularly interested in the transport equity concerns that these new modes may engender, and in the ways in which transportation policies may be used to modulate travel behaviours. Lately, Mischa’s work has centered on the impacts of ride-hailing services to inform regulatory decisions and ensure they improve, rather than hinder, societal outcomes. Beyond researching how to leverage new mobility technologies to design more equitable and sustainable cities, Mischa is also an avid cyclist and an urban tree enthusiast. 

Journal ArticlePDF icon ​ Young, M., Farber, S. & Palm, M.(2020) The true cost of sharing: A detour penalty analysis between UberPool and UberX trips in Toronto

Read more about Mischa thoughts and journey in his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

 

Sophia Zekiros & Ntombi Nkiwane

Project Title:  Privatization of Diagnostic Laboratories in Kenya and South Africa and COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Program of Study: Master of Public Health: Health Promotion (Dalla Lana School of Public Health)   |   Master of Public Health: Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Dalla Lana School of Public Health)

Project Report: Ntombi Nkiwane, Sophia Zekiros (2020). Privatization of Diagnostic Laboratories in Kenya and South Africa. A research presentation. Toronto- CA. School of Cities, University of Toronto.

 

Sophia Zekiros is a 2nd year Master of Public Health student in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences stream, specializing in Global Health. She is interested in the ways Public Health responds to unhealthy conditions produced by social, economic, and political systems, and the particular implications for Black life here and abroad. As a Queen Elizabeth Scholar this past summer, she conducted an evaluation of a breast cancer genetics educational tool in Nairobi, Kenya. This broadened her understanding of the sociopolitical forces that shape Black lives globally, solidifying her commitment to centering the ‘contexts of context’. She looks forward to continuing this work with the School of Cities. She is presently Co-Lead of the Black Public Health Students’ Collective. Ntombi Nkiwane is a second-year Master of Public Health student in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences stream. She completed her undergraduate degree in Management and Political Science, at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is interested in the political economy of health in Africa and its diaspora. In her work, she seeks to interrogate the sources of persistent inequities. She recently co-edited an epidemiological research paper on the association between race and mortality in Canada and is presently working on a research paper about the political economy of health inequities research. Throughout her schooling, she has been involved in various leadership, extracurricular, and community activities relating to: obstetric fistula, reproductive health, incarceration, and housing. She is presently Co-Lead of the Black Public Health Students’ Collective.