School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy Virtual Research Festival : Session 7

When and Where

Friday, October 23, 2020 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
via Zoom


Session 7 of a weekly webinar series showcasing students’ engaged research, virtual simulations, social impact and creative projects.

Friday, October 23, 2020

11:00pm – 12:30pm


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Order of Presentations

  • Welcome!
  • Land acknowledgement
  • 15 minutes presentation per panelist
  • 20 minutes moderated Q&A
Daniel Tse

Place Identity: Urban Water and the Anthropocene 

Jigme Lhamo Tsering
Compassion & Empathy: Contributing to a Community of Care using Tibetan Buddhist Philosophies 
Kandeel Imran
The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant-owned food businesses in Toronto's suburbs 
Semilore Ajayi

Missing Links: The effects of homelessness and unemployment on Youth in Nigeria

Rushay Naik 
Geneva: The “Infrastructure” of Peace? Contextualizing Urban and Political Geographies of Global Peacemaking in the City of Diplomacy

Presenter Bios

Daniel Tse

Daniel Tse

Master of Cities Engineering and Management

Daniel Tse is a civil engineer and master’s candidate in Cities Engineering and Management. Passionate about cities and infrastructure, he hopes to impact the sustainability and resilience of global urbanization. Daniel completed his bachelor’s degree at UBC and worked in land development consulting in Calgary for 5 years before moving to Toronto. In his spare time, he enjoys the storytelling of podcasts, the context and subjectivity of art, and the intercultural and self-discovery opportunities of solo travel. He has interests in queerness, equity, and urban and global affairs. He has a hobby Instagram account 

You can read more about Daniel's project Place Identity: Urban Water and the Anthropocene

Project Report:

PDF iconDaniel Tse (2020). Place Identity Urban Water and the Anthropocene. A research report. Toronto. CA. School of Cities. University of Toronto.pdf


PDF iconDaniel Tse (2020). Place Identity Urban Water and the Anthropocene. A research presentation. Toronto. CA. School of Cities. University of Toronto.pdf


Jigme Lhamo

Jigme Lhamo Tsering

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Exceptionality in Learning

Jigme Lhamo Tsering is a Tibetan-Canadian immigrant currently finishing her bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Exceptionality in Learning at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Jigme is passionate about advocacy, social justice, and is an active member of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) Canada. Jigme’s involvement with SFT has given her the opportunity to grow as an activist and learn the importance of grassroots movements, representation and intersectionality. She hopes to study the effects of diaspora on mental health and service utilization among the Tibetan Community in attempts to establish a diverse range of representation in research and academia.

Learn more about Jigme's project in this presentation: PDF iconJigme Lhamo Tsering(2020). Compassion & Empathy- Contributing to a Community of Care using Tibetan Buddhist Philosophies. A research presentation. Toronto. CA. School of Cities. University of Toronto.pdf 


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Kandeel Imran

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

Kandeel Imran is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough majoring in City Studies and Public Policy, and minoring in Critical Migration Studies. Currently, she is the elected student representative for the department of Human Geography in the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union. This summer she worked as the Community Program Assistant at Heritage Toronto, a City of Toronto agency and non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the recognition of the history and cultural heritage of Toronto neighbourhoods through walking tours, plaques, and awards. Kandeel is interested in community development, especially as it relates to the intersections of immigrant businesses and placemaking in the suburbs of Toronto.

Semilore Ajayi

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African Studies

Semilore Ajayi is a 4th year Political Science and African Studies student passionate about inequality debates surrounding the development myth and urbanization in Africa, specifically in Nigeria, her home country. Her research interests include issues of inequality, infrastructure, urbanization and policy affecting youth in African and global contexts. She focuses on how international policy, international law, governance, development and civic engagement intersect to influence the tangible needs of the everyday youth. Furthermore, she looks to explore the importance of social entrepreneurship and the non-profit sector in their abilities to advocate for disadvantaged communities.  

Her experiences range from professional settings to community organization and advocacy, which combine to provide her with unique insights and perspectives when problem solving. She has extensive experience as a youth leader, having managed budgets of over $70,000, written grant applications and proposals, managed projects and planned large events. Semilore believes in constant learning, growth, introspection, and self awareness as the beginnings of effective innovation and hopes to advocate for and instill the above in youth across the country and the world. 

Rushay Naik

Rushay Naik

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Human Biology, Global Health and Peace, Conflict & Justice

Rushay is an MSc student in Health Services Research (Collaborative Specialization in Global Health) at the Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME) within the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Named a Global Scholar by the University of Toronto, and a Junior Fellow at Massey College, Rushay’s current research centres on health systems governance in fragile and conflict-affected states. He previously conducted research in Greece on refugee health and the austerity crisis, in Mongolia on the solar electrification of rural nomadic herder communities for the Reach Alliance at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and in Geneva, Switzerland on its role as the “infrastructure” of the global peacemaking system. Rushay graduated from UofT in 2020 with an Honours Bachelor of Science, double-majoring in Human Biology – Global Health and Peace, Conflict & Justice at the Munk School’s Trudeau Centre. He has been a Fellow at UofT's School of Cities, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & the Congress in Washington, D.C., and is currently a Research Fellow with the University of Oxford's COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) hosted at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Read more about Rushay's project in this project presentation: ​PDF iconRushay Naik (2020). Geneva- The “Infrastructure” of Peace? A research presentation. Toronto. CA. School of Cities. University of Toronto.pdf

Contact Information

Prof. Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education