School of Cities Student Academy & Fellows Fall Symposium

When and Where

Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Friday, November 01, 2019 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
GB 202
Galbraith Building
35 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

Description

The School of Cities Student Academy is a tri-campus interdisciplinary academic platform to foster student academic and social engagement and leadership in city-building and urban scholarship. The Academy is structured around thematic working groups that reflect critical urban challenges based on students' interest and research focus. Our Fellows are current U of T students with strong interest in and passion for urban issues and critical challenges, who have led an innovative and impactful project in 2018/19. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome

Thursday, October 31, 2019
World Cities Day Reception

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 
Myhal Centre, 8th Floor
55 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 0C9

Friday, November 1, 2019
School of Cities Student Academy & Fellows Symposium

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Galbraith Building, Room 202
35 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

One City, One Word


October 31st

Time

 

Presenter

Presentation Title

2:00

 

Welcome

World Cities Day: ‘One City, One Word’ Collective Visioning

Timaaj Mohamed Hassen, University of Toronto student and spoken word artist

Collective visioning, open invitation to all to join this informal group exercise.

4:00

 

Symposium kick-off

4:15

 

Linxi Mytkolli

The Future of Urban Work: A Youth Perspective

4:30

 

Adrien Roy

Circular Toronto

4:45

Infrastructure and Design logo

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Malek Abdel-Shehid, Zahra Ansarilari, Pritha Karmaker, Jacob Malleau, Sabrina Samin

Assessing the Gap: Analyzing Campus Transportation Infrastructure 

5:00

  Awards Ceremony and Reception

 

November 1st

Time

 

Presenter

Presentation Title

9:00

 

Welcome

 

9:05   Land Acknowledgement by Julia Giraudi  
9:25   Provocation by Dr. Darren Patrick (dp)  

9:40

 

Vanessa Kiley

Red Embers: Power through Art 

10:00

 

Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing

Mashkiki gitigaanan

10:20

 

Mohamed Ali

Urbanization and Climate Resilience in Nairobi

10:40

Cities of inequality

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Abeir Liton, Jocelyn John, Rehan Vishwanath, Antonino Calarco

Thorncliffe Park Community Market 

11:00

PAYCE working group logo of a raised hand

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Isobel McLean, James Hannay, Napas Thein, Lena Carolina Sanz-Tovar, Adrien Roy, Ella Benedetti, Rachel Giles

PAYCE Canada

11:20   Ramz Aziz Guidelines for an Equitable Approach to Smart City Transformation

11:40

 

Catered Lunch

 

1:00

 

Welcome Back

 

1:10

Global Urbanism working group

Global Urbanism

Zixian Liu, Sabahat Zehra, Amelia Ellis, Nushrat Jahan, Purbita Sengupta

Politics of Displacement in Global South Cities: A Study on Dhaka, Beijing, Karachi, and New Delhi

1:30

 

Rushay Naik

RENEWAL: Adapting Global Urban Infrastructures to the City of Tomorrow 

1:50

 

Savannah Bein

Toronto to Vauban

2:10

 

Joanna Kocsis & Rebecca McMillan

Mobilizing knowledge and motivating learning: Addressing the "knowledge to policy gap" for urban climate resilience in Southeast Asia

2:30

 

Julia Giraudi

Breaking Up with Bad Activism

2:50   Break  

3:10

 

Heeho Ryu

Toronto Past, Today, Tomorrow: Re-remembering Settler-Colonialism in Canada

3:30   Jennifer Chau Tran The Wastebelt: Incorporating Energy Production and Waste Management into Toronto

3:50

 

Niyosha Keyzad

Scarborough Studies Collective Zine Making Series

4:10   Antony Ndugi Pads Wise Project
4:30   Linxi Mytkolli Achieving Good Health and Wellbeing by 2020: An Urban Health Perspective

5:00

 

Awards and Reception

 


Presenters

Speakers

Timaaj Mohamed Hassen

Timaaj Mohamed Hassen

Timaaj Hassen is a Black, Muslim, radical Femme. She is also a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Arts & Anti-Oppression Educator. Timaaj is a first generation Canadian born to Ethiopian parents. Her work is grounded in social justice, critical equity, and identity. She has spoken and performed in various community events across southern Ontario. Poetry is more than her craft; it is resistance and tangible growth. She hopes to inspire anyone that feels her words and thoughts through love, rage, and solidarity.

Dr. Darren Patrick (dp)

Dr. Darren Patrick (dp)

Dr. Darren Patrick (dp) is a Lecturer in Gender, Environment, and Activism at the University of Toronto’s Women and Gender Studies Institute. Their activism and inter-/anti-disciplinary research are grounded in transfeminist and queer autonomous praxis. Since 2015, they have worked with the Bologna, Italy-based Laboratorio Smaschieramenti to translate the collective’s transversal approach to politics for Anglo-American scholarly and activist audiences. Beyond this work, they were co-guest editor for a special issue of Environment and Planning D that staged feminist, queer, anti-racist, and decolonial engagements with the “planetary urbanization” research framework. Currently, they are co-editing a book for Wiley’s Antipode Book Series that integrates feminist urban theory and social reproduction theory in order to elaborate a feminist urban theory for our times. They are also a founding member of Antipod: A Radical Geography Podcast and Sound Collective, whose first season is focused on Black Geographies. Some of their other recent writing can be found in The Avery Review and The Guardian. 

Fellows

Mohamed Ali

Mohamed Ali

Mohamed Ali is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto in his final semester studying Physical and Environmental Geography and African Studies. His research interests include urban issues, their intersections with climate and energy science and policy, and inequality in the African context. He has been the Social Equity Committee Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton. Outside of school, his interests include creative writing, involving himself in community work, and enjoying his summers back home in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ramz Aziz

Ramz Aziz

During school, Ramz was an active leader in both the law and business school communities, serving as Vice-President of the South Asian Business Association, Treasurer of the Student's Law Society and Senior Editor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. He worked closely with the administration of both faculties on diversity, inclusion and mental health initiatives pertaining to South Asian and Muslim-identified students. At Rotman, Ramz was selected for the Leadership Development Lab and Vernissage Health Leadership Dialogue Series in partnership with the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation.Ramz is a graduate of the J.D./M.B.A. program at the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, he earned a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University, where he served as Student Union President. He is currently completing his articles at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, rotating through the firm’s Health, Corporate, Technology and Privacy groups.

Ramz's community work centers around poverty alleviation and food security advocacy. He also completed a Muslim Youth Political Fellowship in 2018, serving as a Councillor's Aide in the Office of the Deputy Mayor. 

Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing

Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing

Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing (Naawakwegiizhigookwe) is a Red River Metis Anishinaabekwe of the bald eagle clan and 1st Degree Midewiwin in the Three Fires Midewiwin lodge. Rebecca currently teaches at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma and York universities, and is pursuing a PhD in Social Justice Education and Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto.

Savannah Bein

Savannah Bein

An undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Studies with two minors in both French and German,  but with a keen interest in sustainability topics and urban settings. She's originally from Toronto, Ontario but has spent the summer doing an internship in Freiburg, Germany. In Freiburg, you would find Vauban, a small neighbourhood in which you could find one of the worlds top models for a sustainable city, in which she has focused her School of Cties research on.

Julia Giraudi

Julia Giraudi

Julia Louise Giraudi is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto obtaining a bachelor's degree in Women and Gender studies, Diasporic and Transnationalism studies, and Indigenous studies. She is a female-identifying Filipinx-Canadian. Her research interests include, Filipinx identity creation, varying methods of activism, and Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relationships. 

Niyosha Keyzad

Niyosha Keyzad

Niyosha is a current PhD Candidate at the Department of English and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Her doctoral work focuses on memoirs of the Iranian diaspora, literatures of exile and displacement, and theories of space and identity. She has previously served as the Founding President of the Race and Ethnicity Caucus of the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union, and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee at Massey College, where she is a Junior Fellow. Niyosha currently teaches at the Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Vanessa Kiley

Vanessa Kiley

Vanessa is in her second year of the Masters of Sciences in Planning Program at the University of Toronto. Growing up in a small town on Vancouver Island that is also home to British Columbias largest Band, she was surrounded by Indigenous art and there was a distinct sense of what the area was like pre colonialism. After moving to Toronto, she quickly noticed the lack of Indigenous placemaking and art in our City. Partnering with Red Embers, a team of Indigenous artists, Vanessa has been researching and writing about why we need more Indigenous public art and how to make that process work within the City of Toronto. She is very appreciative of the School of Cities for funding her research and whole-heartedly supporting her work.

Joanna Kocsis and Rebecca McMillan

Joanna Kocsis and Rebecca McMillan

A PhD Candidate in Geography, Rebecca is interested in urban governance in the global South, particularly in contexts of political economic and environmental change. Her
 graduate research has examined citizen participation in urban water management in informal settlements in Caracas, Venezuela. Rebecca is a research assistant with the
Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership and has taught Urbanization and Development at UTSC. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an MA in
International Development and has professional experience at the intersection of environment and development. Her Academic honours include the Canada Graduate Scholarship and the IDRC Doctoral Award.Joanna Kocsis is a participatory research methods specialist and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. Her research has inquired into the
international development project from many angles, ranging from the learning practices of large international grantmakers, to the role of affect in
 the lived experiences of marginalized urban youth. Generally, her work focuses on helping to empower members of vulnerable communities through
transformative, participatory research, by offering opportunities for reflection, capacity development and social learning. Kocsis worked at the International
 Development Research Centre in 2012 and 2014 and as the Evaluation Specialist for the UCRSEA Partnership since 2014.

Linxi Mytkolli

Linxi Mytkolli

Linxi is a daughter, sister, best friend, Albanian-Canadian, student, and above all, a complex, unapologetic and proud woman. She is currently pursuing a MSc. Sustainability Management, focusing on applying the learnings from this degree to the field of healthcare. She believes that sustainability is the capacity to endure over time and healthcare is the field that aims to maintain and improve health. Her passion for equality and change has led her to work with uOttawa, the University of Toronto, the United Way, SickKids Hospital, and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. Linxi hopes to keep learning about how to better use her voice and platform to ensure that we work towards a future that is inclusive, representative and empathetic. 

Rushay Naik

Rushay Naik

Rushay is an undergraduate student double-majoring in Human Biology - Global Health and Peace, Conflict & Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Recently named a Global Scholar by the University of Toronto, Rushay is leading research projects centred on addressing global challenges through interests in health, politics, and technology. As a project researcher with the Munk School's Reach Project on inclusive development, Rushay is completing an investigation a World Bank solar electrification project for rural nomadic herders in Mongolia. In addition to his School of Cities fellowship on revitalizing aging urban infrastructures, he is currently developing an independent thesis, contextualizing Geneva as the "infrastructure" of international peacemaking amid the changing nature of global armed conflict. Previously, he was a 2018-2019 International Fellow of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & the Congress in Washington, D.C., evaluating legislative pathways to American universal healthcare. 

Antony Ndugi

Antony Ndugi

Antony's deep interest for social innovation has been his drive since 6 years ago, when he started the “Human Waste Bioreactor” project in Kenya. This interest solidified and inspired his choice of Industrial Engineering undergraduate program "to develop efficient, low cost  and human-centered designs" to solve local problems. Antony's main focus on urbanization is African urbanization, uplifting the urban poor through support to education. His Pads Project for school girls in Mathare Slums, Nairobi Kenya is part of his social engagement and contribution to education. 

Adrien Roy

Adrien Roy

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Adrien is currently working towards an M.A.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering, with a research focus on sustainable infrastructure and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the construction sector. His interests in infrastructure and urban studies go far beyond technical engineering aspects, hence my involvement with the School of Cities. His is fascinated with urban systems and governance, particularly with regards to how we can continue to make cities more sustainable and equitable for all those who reside in them. 

Heeho Ryu

Heeho Ryu

 A recent graduate from the Faculty of Arts & Science, Heeho received an Honours Bachelor of Arts with Double Majors in Political Science and Urban Studies and a Minor in Anthropology. During their time at UofT Heeho was the President of the Anthropology Course Union, a Student Assistant for the Faculty Registrar's Office, a Work-Study Assistant at the Centre for Indigenous Studies, a Mentor and Volunteer at Caffiends, and a Research Fellow at the School of Cities. Currently they are working full-time in order to gain professional experience before enrolling in a Master's program. Heeho's research interests focus on how marginalized groups practice human agency within unequal structural settings for their physical and symbolic survival, resistance, and reclamation. Their other topics of interest include equity, social justice, urban policy, environmental conservation, indigenous activism, diaspora studies, and online-virtual spaces.

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Chau Tran is a Master of Landscape Architecture student at the John H. Daniels Faculty, having completed her undergraduate degree in Art History and Earth Science at the University of Toronto. She is interested in using design to create restorative and ecologically resilient landscapes in urban settings. She is excited to apply her interdisciplinary background to landscape design. 

 

Student Academy

Antonino Calarco

Antonino Calarco

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Antonino has spent his entire life contributing to what makes Toronto an amazing city. His passion for civic engagement led to the creation and approval of his Toronto POL fund application, which pressed for an increase in accessibility and inclusivity for Fairhaven Park. Throughout his undergrad years, Antonino sought to complement his desire to improve urban life with his background in biology. His prior roles as a Research Assistant in the Rochman Lab and as an Operations Manager at Sunnyside Paddling Club kept environmental sustainability at the forefront of his decision-making process.  As a School of Cities Academy member, Antonino hopes to use the resources available to him to make known the wide array of social activism in which many Torontonians like himself are involved. Ultimately,  Antonino's vision is to see Toronto become a model for urban ecology and social equity.

Abeir Liton

Abeir Liton

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Abeir Liton is a third-year undergraduate student studying Political Science and Human Geography at the University of Toronto. While attending middle school, he became involved in a multi-million-dollar schoolyard revitalization project called the Go Green Cricket & Sports Field. He has held various roles with the organization and currently sits as one of the youngest members on the Board of Directors. Most recently, Abeir has been inducted into the Toronto Sport Hall of Honour for his work in using community sport to address inequality.

Jocelyn John

Jocelyn John

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Jocelyn John is a current undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus with an academic goal of learning how to impact the people and places around her.   She is currently the Director of her Residence Council and uses the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and community on campus.  Jocelyn had to the opportunity to experience life in Canada, where she was born, a year in India where her great-grandparents lived, and in Michigan, where she spent most of her elementary to high-school years.  Jocelyn hopes to combine her affinity for planning with her unique experiences as an urban planner.

Rehan Vishwanath

Rehan Vishwanath

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Rehan is an undergraduate student at UofT with a keen interest in understanding changing people habits and its impact on urban landscapes & living. He was a VicOne freshman & currently a mentee under the Innis Alumni Program. Before UofT, he earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Rehan currently heads communications for VUSAC & has previously led marketing & media units for the annual art showcase for my school. He has helped design disaster relief shelters and have coaching & teaching experience and thinks of himself as an outgoing person who finds running & music relaxing.

Zixian Liu

Zixian Liu

Global Urbanism

Zixian Liu is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History. With interdisciplinary training in history, anthropology, and geography, he is committed to historiographical and ethnographical studies of socialist/post-socialist cities in China. His dissertation examines the vicissitude of one Chinese mining town from the perspective of ordinary workers' experience at the production line. His research will grasp how urban and economic planning bundle together workers, factory managers, political organizations, workplace culture, industrial buildings, and everyday life that defines the Maoist everydayness and reflects the nature of Maoism. Meanwhile, he is preparing a journal article focusing on the role of the neoliberalizing developmental state in the cleansing of unskilled migrant workers and the redevelopment of Beijing peri-urban slums in the past decade. 

 Amelia Ellis

Amelia Ellis

Global Urbanism

As a student of Urban Studies and International Relations, Amelia is passionate about urban issues on both a micro and macro scale.  She is hoping to pursue a Master of Urban Planning in Toronto, and thus have a particular interest in understanding the city's place in global trends such as financialization, displacement, and environmental sustainability. Her professional experience has ranged from assisting individuals in struggling urban communities, to researching complex urban issues in the Canadian and global contexts. She has had the opportunity to engage with diverse stakeholders, from small businesses to marginalized communities, in order to better understand these issues.

Sabahat Zehra

Sabahat Zehra

Global Urbanism

Sabahat Zehra completed her undergraduate degree in 2017 from the Dept. of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at IBA, Karachi, majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Urban Studies. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program at the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto.  Her research interests primarily engage with urban spaces and their politics, but taking an interdisciplinary approach, she engages with other disciplines to inform her research; some of these include History of Arts, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial studies. In addition to her research within the school of cities, she is currently also exploring the ways in which photography has historically informed activism, specifically in South Asia. She wants to explore ways in which photography has enabled activist movements to continue their visibility, giving protest an after life in the form of photographs.

Purbita Sengupta

Global Urbanism

Purbita is pursuing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research is political economy-focused, with regional specialization in India. Her doctoral project is looking at urban governance reforms of the Indian government specifically, examining the contradictory policy options in three distinct urban policies. It is motivated by her interest to understand how neoliberalization is reshaping the technologies and rationalities of rule seeking to make all activities of life governed by the market. She also holds a master's degree from Balsillie School of International Affairs and has been a researcher for organizations such as the North-South Institute.

Nushrat Jahan

Nushrat Jahan

Global Urbanism

Nushrat is currently studying PhD in Planning program at the University of Toronto. Nushrat has a background in Urban Planning, development, and Geography. Her areas of interest are social justice, urbanization  in the Global South, climate change, and activism in cities. In the past, She has worked with NGOs, local government, and academic research projects in Canada and Bangladesh. Through my work experiences, she gained intimate knowledge of community resilience, climate change adaptation, and community development. Apart from her academic pursuit, Nushrat is actively engaged with the School of Cities, the Innovation Hub, the Centre for International Experience and the Student Family Housing at the University of Toronto.

Isobel McLean

Isobel McLean

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Isobel is currently completing a BA in Architecture at the Daniels Faculty at U of T. She is interested in finding links between the built environment and community resilience, especially in the rapidly urbanizing world. Isobel is eager to be a part of the PAYCE Team, using her expertise in design to translate political information into fun infographics. In the moments in between studying, drawing and work, Isobel enjoys wandering through Kensington Market and Chinatown to find ingredients for her next culinary experiment.

Ella Bennedetti

Ella Benedetti

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Ella is currently completing a master‘s program in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Toronto, but her academic expertise lies primarily in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice (GSFS). She completed her undergraduate degree in GSFS at McGill University, a cross-disciplinary degree that presented the opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics that pertain directly to the topics of gender, sexuality, feminism, race and social justice. She is the Positive Space Assistant with the Positive Space Committee and is a mentor at Big Sisters Hamilton. Ella is passionate about social justice, art, music and thoughtful debate.

Lena Sanz Tovar

Lena Sanz Tovar

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Lena is an individual curious to engage in conversations and connect with resources to help me acquire a greater understanding of the positionality and intersectional identities of individuals. This curiosity has cultivated her passion for travelling, exposing herself to other cultures, ways of living, and deepening her understanding of the world through interactions with natural & built environments. Through her work with PAYCE, Lena hopes to create inclusive strategies that focus on better-integrating marginalized persons in political and civic conversations on electoral processes, in particular, regarding the upcoming Federal election. Her areas of interest include participatory planning, advocacy, civic engagement, contested spaces, urban policy, citizenship & immigration; however, when she’s not in class, studying or working, she loves to develop recipes and style food for her food instagram, @LenaTakesLife!

Rachel Kusuma Giles

Rachel Kusuma Giles

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Rachel is an aquatic ecology and pollution researcher in the Rochman Lab. She is curious about how cities, and the pollution that they create, affect the wildlife that live in the ecosystems in and around cities. Rachel is excited to be a part of the PAYCE team, contributing her environmental and scientific expertise to the information-translation process. When she is not knee-deep in Toronto’s Humber river, you can find Rachel dancing, strolling through the Royal Ontario Museum, picking through trash with the U of T Trash Team, or cooking at home with her cat Taro.

Napas Thein

Napas Thein

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

Napas is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Public Policy and Urban studies. He has also volunteered in city politics. He is interested in honing his skills and creative pursuits in areas of economic, political, and social research and advocacy. He also has a strong interest in helping solve urban issues specifically along the lines of political engagement and urban development. He is involved in creating content, doing research, organizing notes, and helping in the PAYCE meetings.

James Hannay

James Hannay

Urban Governance, Law and Policy

James Hannay is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Public Policy and Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies. He was keen to join the School of Cities as a way to practice the ideas that are discussed between academics and policy-makers. Being a part of PAYCE at the School of Cities opened James up to consideration of the issue of information dissemination in the modern age. His interests lie in climate change, tax and income policy, and his two German Shepherds.

Pritha Karmaker

Pritha Karmaker

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

An early understanding of what mass urban revitalization looked and personally felt like has driven a deep interest and a life-long passion for city-building initiatives. Born in Doha, Qatar just as the city’s aggressive urban renewal strategies began, and remaining a long-term resident of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood following Pritha's immigration, the lived experiences of analyzing changing land forms and infrastructural developments in real time has offered an invaluable lesson in urban placemaking practices. Through her professional, academic, and personal experiences, she have developed a strong understanding of how infrastructure, planning initiatives and services contribute to the economic and social vitality of a city, while remaining committed to offering an empathetic and engaged perspective on urban issues

Jacob Malleau

Jacob Malleau

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Jacob is a graduate student in the Master’s of Cities Engineering and Management program. He is passionate about the design of efficient, sustainable, and livable cities. His background is in applied mathematics and mechanical engineering, which he studied at Queen’s University prior to working for two years in building design (i.e., HVAC, plumbing systems). Through his education and work experience, Jacob became increasingly interested in the policy side of decisions that inform urban innovation and planning, which brought him to the University of Toronto to study systems at a city scale.

Sabrina Samin

Sabrina Samin

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Sabrina is a candidate for a Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (M.EngCEM) at the University of Toronto. In addition to her graduate level studies, she also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning specializing in Urban Design, Land Development and Transportation Planning from the University of Waterloo. Complementary to her past and current academic training, Sabrina is also presently a Multimodal Transportation Planner working in the planning/engineering consulting industry. Through her current work and studies, she is fascinated in gaining a deeper understanding through research of various urban challenges, with the hopes to directly apply possible findings to my current practice.

Malek Abdel-Shehid

Malek Abdel-Shehid

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Malek is a third-year undergraduate student double-majoring in Diaspora & Transnational Studies and Human Geography with a focus in Planning and minoring in African Studies. Throughout my university career, he has participated in various extracurricular groups such as the Black Students’ Association, the African Studies Course Union, and the Victoria University Transition Mentor Program among others at various capacities. He is interested in transit as an alternative to automobile-oriented travel and in its relationship to private development and “urban renewal”. Malek hopes to combine my areas of interest such as transit infrastructure and intersectionality in order to help advocate alongside marginalized communities.

Zahra Ansarilari

Zahra Ansarilari

Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

Zahra is a PhD candidate in transportation planning and engineering under supervision of Dr.Amer Shalaby. Her focus is to increase the level of service quality in public transit system. Now she is working on minimizing transfer times through timetables synchronization. Besides her education, Zahra has always been interested in helping people as much as she can. Her passion is to help to improve equity and provide all the people with the same chance to success. In her path to do this, Zahra have been involved in the first Iranian charity group at the university of Toronto since 2016.


 

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