The City Beats

History has shown that those who are displaced tend to go to cities. This blog piece summarizes the reality of solastalgia and how people are affected by climate change. These remarks have been made by SofC Director Prof. Karen Chapple at the Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Displacement that have been edited for length and format.


One of the common goals that brings together University of Toronto Sociology Professor Prentiss Dantzler and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is to find ways to provide tenants with affordable places to live. This article discusses the benefits of learning about these issues are connected to residential stability civic participation, educational outcomes for children & more.


This article discusses School of Cities and their partners at the United Way of Greater Toronto launching the Leading Social Justice Fellowship program which was co-created by Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and Nation Cheong, the VP, Community Opportunities and Mobilization at UWGT-along with a network of community advisors to tackle the systemic racism and rising inequality in Toronto for decades.


For this opinion piece, Director of the Infrastructure Institute and professor of Geography and Planning Matti Siemiatycki, collaborated with Drew Fagan, a professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a former deputy minister of infrastructure with the Province of Ontario, to shed light on the urgent need for better and more strategic planning of infrastructure investments in Canada.


December 17:

SofC's Holiday Reccos

The holiday season is officially underway! Since everyone is busy getting year-end chores done, the School of Cities has curated a list of media for urbanism enthusiasts to read, watch, listen to during the holidays. 
We hope you enjoy our little present and find our suggestions worth their while. Happy exploring!


As a part of a panel discussion at the 3rd Urban Economy Forum, UEF 2021, Prof. Karen Chapple proposed three ways to address land theft in the face of rising houselessness and displacement by borrowing from the Indigenous ways of knowing to redefine the modern concept of land ownership.


The CivicLabTO Academic Summit, to be held on Nov. 23-24, will focus on issues such as public health, housing, transit, transportation, climate change, green recovery and the future of public space. It will tap leading experts from the city and local post-secondary institutions to share best practices.

In this short QandA, SofC Director Prof. Karen Chapple, shares her insights about the impetus for the broader partnership between the city and the eight post-secondary institutions and the potential for such events to contribute to the development of a “Toronto School” of urbanism.


The School of Cities' Director Karen Chapple, who moved all the way from the San Francisco Bay Area recently, gets candid about her first impressions of the city of Toronto and with her vision for the institution.


How are the political parties approaching issues that are critical to Canada’s urban regions? The School of Cities has teamed up with the Urban Policy Lab to provide an analysis of where the major political parties stand on housing affordability, climate resilience, Economy and COVID relief and equality.

Urban Policy Lab Graduate Fellow Sean McGowan provides a breakdown in this special election primer for the School of Cities.


September 15:

Housing Platform Crunch

Dr. Alan Walks (Professor, Geography and Planning, University of Toronto), Sean Grisdale (PhD Candidate, Geography and Planning, University of Toronto), and the Affordable Housing Challenge Partnership collective provide a critical assessment of Liberal Party's proposed housing policy.