Ahmed Allahwala

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Human Geography


Fields of Study


"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind", Khalil Gibran.

I am originally from Germany and received my MA from the Free University Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) and my PhD from York University in Toronto. I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Germany and Canada on topics including welfare state analysis, employment and social policy, city politics, urban planning, and community-based research. I volunteer in the local non-profit sector by serving as a steering committee member of a large community organization in Scarborough.
As a critical urban policy analyst, my research focuses on comparative urban and regional governance, urban public policy, community development and urban social change, as well as migration and multiculturalism in the broader historical context of state and economic restructuring. Recently, I have begun to engage in more pedagogically-oriented research around questions of community-based research, place-based education, and youth engagement in planning.

Urban social policy, city-regional governance, community development, higher education