Visiting Fellowships

International Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships

We offer non-stipendiary International Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships to international scholars working on cutting-edge urban-focused research projects.

Meet our Postdoctoral Fellows

David Kaufmann visiting postdoctoral fellow

Dr. David Kaufmann
Postdoctoral researcher at the KPM Center for Public Management, University of Bern, Switzerland

Project: "Developing conceptual foundations for urban policy research"

Dr. David Kaufmann is specialized in urban studies and public policy. Dr. Kaufmann studied political science at the University of Zürich and the University of Lund. He obtained his PhD from the University of Bern in 2017, and was a guest researcher at Leiden University, Virginia Tech, and University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Kaufmann is the author of two books about capital cities and he has published in journals such as Governance, Public Administration Review, Urban Studies and Urban Affairs Review.

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Dr. Jonas Torrens
Postdoctoral researcher, Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University 
Research Associate at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University

Project: "Ecologies of experimentation – shifting the processes of infrastructuring?"

Dr. Jonas Torrens’s research has centred on two topics: urban experimentation in the context of sustainability transitions, and policy experimentation in the context of 'transformative innovation policy'. His research aims to bridge the gap between notions of experimentation and systemic change in cities, drawing from innovation studies and geography. He is a member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) steering group and a convener of its newly-established thematic group on urban transitions and transformations. Jonas is originally from Curitiba, Brazil; he has lived and worked in Lyon, Paris, Nantes, Madrid, Stockholm, Brighton, and Utrecht, from which he derives his passion for cities.

Nikolaos KalyviotisDr. Nikolaos Kalyviotis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto

Project: Life-cycle GHG emissions of transport infrastructure projects

Nikos is a postdoctoral fellow in civil engineering at the University of Toronto with experience through tenures in America, Europe, Australia & Middle East, specialized in Engineering Project Management. He is teaching the graduate course Infrastructure and Urban Prosperity of the Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management. He did his PhD at the University of Birmingham. One third of his doctorate was held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a smaller part at the University of Melbourne. He is a Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineer of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a holder of the Masters in Strategic Project Management European (Politecnico di Milano, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and Umeå universitet).

Dr. Matthew Palm
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Project: Built Form, Transport Systems, and the Geography of Consumer Expenditure.

Dr. Matthew Palm is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. He has worked previously as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and as a research analyst at the California Housing Finance Agency. His research spans housing and transportation planning and their integration, with a focus on equity. His published research includes articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Transportation, Transport Geography, Housing Policy Debate and others.  His professional and academic interests span housing and transportation topics in Australia, Canada and the United States. 

The School provides unique scholarly opportunities for urban-focused interdisciplinary and collaborative learning, mentorship and research to excellent international scholars with a passion for cities and critical urban challenge research, motivated to pursue an innovative and impactful project, and are available to participate in the School of Cities program activities and contribute to the School of Cities community in unique ways.

The duration of the fellowship is flexible with a minimum residency of one month. Fellows are required to actively participate in the School of Cities activities and programs, interact with faculty and students, give a seminar and participate in colloquia to communicate the results of their research during their residency.

At the University of Toronto, each postdoctoral or visiting scholar needs a faculty host or mentor.

To apply, send the following by e-mail to:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A short bio (100 words);
  • A research project title and description of the pressing urban challenge research envisioned at the School of Cities (1-2 pages maximum);
  • Applicants must secure sponsorship of a School of Cities affiliated host/mentor;
  • A letter of reference.

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Fellowship applications are considered on a rolling basis.