School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy Virtual Research Festival : Session 4

When and Where

Friday, September 25, 2020 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
via Zoom


Session 4 of a weekly webinar series showcasing students’ engaged research, virtual simulations, social impact and creative projects.

Friday, September 25, 2020

2:30pm – 4:00pm


Banner for webinar session 4



Order of Presentations

  • Welcome!
  • Land acknowledgement
  • 15 minutes presentation per panelist
  • 20 minutes moderated Q&A
Ryan Khurana
Toronto’s Smart City Future Post-Sidewalk Labs
Atif Khan
Global Urbanism 
Surveillance Cities
James K Gibb 
Sexual and Gender Minority Health Vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 Health Crisis
Lloyd McArton 
From the Outside In: Conversations with GTA Indie Musicians

Presenter Bios

Ryan Khurana

Ryan Khurana

Master of Management Analytics, Rotman

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.

Learn more about Ryan's project: The Future of Quayside.


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

The Future of Quayside


Effective Smart City initiatives begin by identifying who the smart city is for and who is responsible for its success. Technology should not devolve into spectacle, but should be a means to increase democratic participation in design and execution.

Atif Khan

Atif Khan

Masters of Geography & Planning, South Asian Studies

Atif resides in the community of Rexdale which informs much of his research work, practice and thought. His graduate research refracts the fields of surveillance studies, science and technology studies, architecture and visual studies, security studies and drone warfare. 


James Gibb

James K Gibb

Master of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology

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 a 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. 

Learn more about James's project: Sexual and gender minority people’s health vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Journal Article:

PDF iconGibb, 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


PDF iconJames 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.

As this global health crisis grinds on, we must leverage our expertise and positions of privilege to ensure that the global and local impacts of and responses to COVID-19 among sexual and gender minority people are made visible. 

Lloyd McArton

Lloyd McArton

PhD in Music Education

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 The Clover School and plays guitar and saxophone in the indie rock band Lost Cousins.

Contact Information

Prof. Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education