Sustainable Cities

Abrar Ahmed, (UTSG) Undergrad – Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Health Studies
Project : Tackling Food Insecurities with Sustainable business

Abrar Ahmed is a 22 year-old Bengali-Canadian and the son of two first generation immigrants. He experienced first-hand the consequences of health disparity when he visited his grandfather in Bangladesh, who had a stroke but was unable to get surgery due to the corruption in the Bengali healthcare system. This experience motivated him to learn more about health disparities at university and took him to Honduras as a part of U of T’s Global Brigades medical and public health team. Through this organization, he helped to sustainably reduce economic and health disparities in underresourced Latin American communities. Additionally, he travelled to Sri Lanka to research the policies that enabled the country to eliminate malaria concurrently to the civil war via The Reach Project at the Munk School of Global Affair's. His team published a case study on the laboratory’s website and are in the process of submitting their manuscript for journal publication. His goal is to take what he has learned about disparities to become a physician, so that he can use his knowledge and experiences to help those who are disadvantaged in the healthcare system.   

Anandu Nair, (UTSG) Graduate – Master of Public Policy
Project : Urban Climate Crisis

Having completed his undergraduate training in molecular biology and biomedical engineering at U of T, Anandu Nair is a first-year graduate student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Prior to joining the Munk School, he worked as a small business technology specialist at Rogers Communications Inc. Anandu’s passion for technology, education and urban infrastructure policy played a crucial role in encouraging him to pursue further education in the area of policy studies.  

Corrina Fowlow, (UTSG) Undergrad – Bachelor of Science in Global Health and Immunology
Project : Finding Nature in an Urban Metropolis

Growing up on the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Corrina cultivated a strong appreciation of nature. This love for the Earth has influenced many of her academic and extra-curricular choices. For instance, her life science background is founded on courses in the ecological and physical sciences, looking at the ways in which the environment affects the likelihood of diseases like autoimmunity. She is fascinated by the macro-scale of development and physical as well as mental health outcomes. Since moving to Toronto, she has found some aspects of city life stifling and hence gotten involved with campus groups like Dig In, through which she manages the many gardens around campus, harvesting and preparing their crops. Her participation in the U of T Outdoors Club and varsity level competitive cross-country running has been a source of tremendous stress relief. 


Hikmat Jamal

Hikmat Jamal, (UTSG) Undergrad Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography & Planning and Philosophy
Project : Conflict and Kabul: How Conflict Shapes the Development of Cities in the Global South

Hikmat Jamal is a second-year student with an interest in urbanism, sustainability, and growth, particularly in the Global South. His education in philosophy and geography equips him with an interdisciplinary approach to urban issues, exploring the ethical and metaphysical assumptions that undergird our cities.

Read more about Hikmat's latest podcast project - City & Crumpets - his Students in the Spotlight feature. "Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.

Ivee Wang


Ivee Yiyao Wang*, (UTSG) Graduate  Master of Architecture
Project : Fountainhead

Ivee Yiyao Wang is an aspiring architect who sees the impact of architecture on global environmental issues and strives to improve it through innovative design solutions. Having pursued architecture for seven years, Ivee worked internationally on projects of various scales and programs. Through this experience she observed a growing awareness of sustainability in architecture. But there remains a disconnection between technological development and architectural design, especially in "everyday" architecture that serves commercial and residential programs. Sustainable design needs to be widely accessible and desirable by the public in order to be impactful. She hopes to dedicate her thesis research on this topic, and collaborate with the outstanding faculty of U of T engineering department to design prototypes of innovative and elegant sustainable architecture.

You can read more about her project at Alternative Concrete.

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Project Alternative Concrete advocates for a circular path, in which architecture can serve multiple lifecycles through both material recycling and adaptive reuse. 

Yi Fan Yin-Cheng, (UTSG) Undergrad – Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Equity Studies, and Human Geography
Project : Grassroots Community Agriculture in Urban Food Insecure Neighbourhoods: OASIS, A Radical Alternative to Urban Food Systems

Yi Fan Yin-Cheng is a fifth-year undergraduate student with an interest in community development and investigating food systems change from individual behavior to local economies to policy and global food movements. As an immigrant, they see food as a nexus for connections to their roots and to the wider community, as well as a site where wider systemic changes that affect social and environmental contexts are needed. Yi Fan has been involved in various groups on campus including U of T’s Food Policy Council (currently Dig In!), the Multi-Faith Centre, the Environmental Students Union, the Centre for International Experience, and currently at U of T’s Environmental Resource Network and the Sidney Smith Commons. Off campus, they are currently involved in the St James Town neighborhood, where they are working with a community co-operative that aims to start a community owned food hub in order to address food insecurity and climate resilience in the area. Yi Fan is interested in learning about the innovative ways and spaces that people have carved out in practicing sustainable, equitable, and regenerative food ways, especially in city spaces.