Shauna Brail

Associate Professor - Urban Studies Program


Fields of Study


Shauna Brail is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto and a senior associate in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds a BA in Urban Studies/Geography (UofT), an MA in Urban Planning (UBC), and a PhD in Geography (UofT). From 2015-2018, Brail was the Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, and worked both within and outside of the university to develop partnerships and support initiatives which enhanced the university’s strategic priority of leveraging our location(s).

Prior to joining the university, Brail worked in management consulting and as a senior policy advisor to the Ontario provincial government. As an economic geographer, her research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social and cultural change. She has led the development of academic internships and community engaged learning initiatives in the Urban Studies Program for over a decade, working with students, university administrators and partners at urban-focused organizations across the city.  

Research Areas

Economic geography, urban planning, urban studies

Administrative Service

Associate Director, Outreach, School of Cities