Global Urbanism

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Lily Ziyue Zhang

Program of Study: PhD in Geography

Project Title: Neighbourhood Characteristics and Psychosocial Health disparities: Evidence from Urban Neighbourhoods in Ghana

Lily Ziyue Zhang is a Ph.D. Student interested in the subfields of health and urban geography. Her Supervisor is Dr. Vincent Kuuire from the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto Mississauga. She is also completing a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (U of T Global Scholar) through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She was a part of a clinical research team investigating geopgrhaic information system patterns of HIV treatment outcomes and resistance with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University and the Joint Clincial Research Centre in Kampala, Uganda.


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Foti Vito

Program of Study: Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations, Political Science, and European Union Studies

Project Title: Becoming a Global City in the Balkans: A Study of Tirana, Albania

Foti Vito is a fourth-year student completing a double major in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in European Union Studies and Global Scholar designation. A diligent student leader, Foti has served as Executive of the Arts and Science Students’ Union, Vice-Chair of Arts and Science Council, and Student Head of Trinity College. He is passionate about global justice and conducted fieldwork on peace-building in Kosovo and judicial reform in Georgia. Throughout his studies, Foti has led community-driven advocacy and research initiatives with the Mosaic Institute, UNHCR Canada, G7 Research Group, CCR2P, and founded Balkan Commons.


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Amy Chen

Program of Study: Bachelor's of Arts in Contemporary Asian Studies, Diaspora & Transnational Studies, and Political Science

Project Title: Mapping Authenticity: Urban Heritage Conservation in Creative Shanghai

Amy Chen is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto St. George Campus pursuing a double-major in Contemporary Asian Studies and Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and a minor in Political Science. This year, she is the Vice President for the Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union and the Creative Director for the Victoria College Environmental Fashion Show. With the experience of growing up in Shanghai, she is passionate about exploring urban identities in modern Chinese cities. Her life goal is to curate art that exhibits intersectionalities between memory, landscape and development. She believes that art is the ultimate medium through which people may unite through “affect” and progress as a horizontal cohort.


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Sara Maclure

Program of Study: Bachelor's of Arts in Geography & Planning and Visual Studies

Project Title: Time is Up: A Multi-Sensory Experience of Climate Change in Urban Settings

Sara Maclure is a 3rd year Geography and Visual Studies student at the University of Toronto whose research interests lie in political and climate change art. She aims to visually and experientially call attention to severe social and environmental problems through installation art and large-scale paintings. Despite substantial research on these critical issues, the global community has failed to enact meaningful change. Sara believes that macro-scale art can simulate first-hand experience – something that cannot be conveyed through conventional forms of research – and serves as an effective vehicle to prompt the urgent action required for progressive social and environmental reform.