School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy Virtual Research Festival : Session 3

When and Where

Friday, September 25, 2020 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
via Zoom


Session 3 of a weekly webinar series showcasing students’ engaged research, virtual simulations, social impact and creative projects.

Friday, September 25, 2020

11:00am – 12:30pm


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Order of Presentations

  • Welcome!
  • Land acknowledgement
  • 15 minutes presentation per panelist
  • 20 minutes moderated Q&A
Mischa Young
The True Cost of Sharing: a Detour Penalty Analysis Between UberPool and UberX Trips in Toronto 
Garrett T. Morgan
Get with the Post-Pandemic Program: De-siloing Graduate Education in Planning, Public Health, and Architecture in Response to COVID-19  
Judy Perpose 
Rebuilding Toronto's Gig Economy: Reimagining Social Policy for Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work 
Lubna Alli, Thomas Elias Siddall, Victoria McCutcheon, Brittany Livingston, Ali Sajid
Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism 
Cities of Inequality LogoCities Unmasked: A University of Toronto School of Cities Podcast 

Presenter Bios

Mischa Young

Mischa Young

PhD in Geography and Planning

Mischa Young is a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, where he is part of the Spatial Analysis and Urban Systems Lab. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, he completed a Master’s degree in Urban Studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at McGill University. Mischa’s research focuses on urban economics, the sharing economy, and the future of personal mobility. He is especially interested in the ways in which transportation policies can be used to modulate travel behaviours. Lately, his research has focused on ride-hailing services within the context of Toronto and has examined whether this mode behaves as a substitute or complement to transit. He has also identified the market segments that benefits from this new transportation service, and more importantly, those who are excluded from it. Mischa is also an avid cyclist and urban tree enthusiast.  

Garrett Morgan

Garrett T. Morgan

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. 

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Judy Perpose

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

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.


Lubna Ali

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

(UTSC) Bachelor of Arts in City Studies and Public Policy

Lubna Alli has her Honours Bachelor of Arts with a focus on City Planning and Public Policy from the University of Toronto. In her time at UofT, she has lived and studied in Italy, Czech Republic, and Spain. In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship to join Masters of Planning students in Tokyo, Japan for a collaborative urban design seminar at the University of Tsukuba. That same year, she was also selected to be a Daughter of the Vote and join 337 other womxn in Ottawa for a historic womxn only seating in the Parliament of Canada, representing the riding of Ajax for The Honourable MP Mark Holland. Prior to this, Lubna placed 1st in the UTSC: 50 Years Later Case Competition for her redesign of the proposed University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Master Plan. In her time as a Parks Planning Intern with The Town of Whitby she was put on three major projects: to write the Terms of Reference for the redesign of Cullen Central Park and Brooklin Memorial Park, to conduct tree canopy level and park asset analysis at a Town wide scale, and to run public consultations in partnership with PROCESS for the Town's first ever Culture Plan. In 2019, Lubna was also granted a $2,000 Urban Research Fellowship with the School of Cities as a Student Academy Fellow, where her research on housing injustice in the City of Toronto won the School of Cities Award for Impact and Innovation. Lubna now serves as a Peer Mentor at the Academy and feels the responsibility that each city-builder has to be hyper aware of the anti-oppression framework when shaping the cities of tomorrow.

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Thomas Elias Siddall

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies

Thomas Siddall (they/them) is a third-year undergraduate studying International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies. They have served as the Victoria College Director on the University of Toronto Students' Union and as a member of the Victoria University Senate - a reflection of their dedication towards community activism and equity seeking work. In the summer of 2018, Thomas worked with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (now Ministry of Children, Community and Social Service) where they focused on northern and rural immigration issues. During that time, they produced part of the policy framework that was developed into the federal Northern and Rural Immigration pilot program. In 2019, they worked with the Beijing LGBT Center as part of a research project on gentrification of the Dashanzi area; this work is set to be published by In:cite Journal in late spring 2020.

Victoria McCutcheon

Victoria McCutcheon

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Victoria is a 2nd Year undergraduate student studying Sociology and Urban Studies. Throughout high school she was involved with the Mayor’s Youth Action Committee of Halton Hills, helping to advocate for change and advise community leaders on youth engagement initiatives. In the winter of 2013, she began an initiative with her mother known as "Elves on a Mission" working to provide warm coats and blankets to Toronto’s homeless during the Christmas season. Currently, Victoria contributes to the U of T’s community through her involvement with ‘StrengthIN,’ an on-campus group that works to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and better prepare high school students for the stress of university through a variety of interactive workshops. With her MHFA and SafeTALK certification, Victoria hopes to bring both her background in mental health and her small-town perspective to her work within the School of Cities.

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Brittany Livingston

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Human Geography

Apart from pursuing her undergraduate degree, Brittany is currently engaged as a research intern at the City of Toronto’s Automated Vehicles Team. Brittany has had the pleasure of extending her studies abroad, participating in both a semester at University College London and a New York City field course. Passionate about improving the lived experience of cities through sustainable place-making, she plans to pursue an MSc. in Urban Planning with a focus on urban design to help construct resilient and equitable built environments. 


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Muhammad Ali Sajid

Cities of Inequality, Urban Solidarities, and Community Activism

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

Muhammad is a 4th-year undergraduate student finishing up a B.S. (Hons) in Economics with double minors in Mathematics and Statistics. He is an international student from Pakistan with a full-ride at the university under the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship program. His research interests lie in applied microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics. In addition to his research work as a Laidlaw Scholar and a Reach Project researcher, Muhammad is involved in campus life and student activism at the university, prominently as President of the Pakistan Development Foundation.  

Contact Information

Prof. Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education