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Tolu Alabi
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Transportation
  • Social Housing
  • Urban Design and Infrastructure
  • International Urban Planning strategies

 

 

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Christopher Alton
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Planning PhD Student
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  • Planning theory
  • Resource extraction
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Travis K. Bost
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban Political Ecology
  • Politics of Infrastructure
  • Nature-Society Relations
  • Urban Theory
  • U.S. Gulf South
  • Climate Change Politics
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Felicity Campbell
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MScPl Student
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  • Critical planning studies
  • Affordability, housing, land reform
  • Community development
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Marty Chan
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MScPl Student
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Urban Planning & Urban Growth

Inclusive Transport Oriented Development

 

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E-mail: marty.chan@mail.utoronto.ca

Office: Sidney Smith Hall, room 622 (shared office space)

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Tammy Chou
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Community development
  • Urban design and placemaking
  • Affordable housing
  • Social equity
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Stephanie Cirnu
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MScPl Student
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  • Real estate development
  • Land use planning
  • Urban design
  • Universal design and accessibility
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(438) 874-4808

stephanie.cirnu@mail.utoronto.ca

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Lucy Cui
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban and suburban regeneration
  • Housing policy and affordability
  • Public space design
  • Mixed use and public-private developments
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Email: lucy.cui@utoronto.ca

 

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Adam Didycz
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Land Use Planning
  • Gentrification
  • Uneven Development/Critical Urban Studies
  • Environment & Health
  • Urban Economic Development
  • Creative City Script
  • Urban Food Security
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Email: adam.didycz@mail.utoronto.ca

Office: Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George St.), Rm. 608 (SSH608)(SAUSy Lab) & Rm. 622 (SSH622)

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Stuart Dow
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Active Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Land Use Planning
  • Participatory Planning Method
  • Public Transit and Infrastructure Planning
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Phone: (604) 440-7293

Email: stuart.dow@mail.utoronto.ca

 

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Laura Dumbrell
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Sustainability and urban communities
  • Affordable housing and mixed use communities
  • Heritage conservation
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250-572-5414

Sidney Smith Hall Room 622 (shared office space)

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Ellen Ferris
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MScPl Student
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  • Environmental Planning
  • Sustainable Development & Land Use
  • Climate Resilience
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ellen.ferris@mail.utoronto.ca

(416) 988-5227

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Sean Grant
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban Development Planning
  • Municipal Finance & Urban Governance
  • Cultural Heritage Planning
  • Urban Economics & Urban Systems
  • Urban History
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sk.grant@mail.utoronto.ca

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Madeleine Hicks
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Feminist and decolonial planning praxes
  • Planning as protest
  • Commoning and anti-capitalist movements
  • Placehood, land, and justice
  • Equity in participatory and collaborative processes
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Sidney Smith Hall SSH622

m.hicks@mail.utoronto.ca

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Gemma Johnson
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MScPl Student
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Transportation

Housing

Equity

Global Security

Smart Cities

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Office: Sidney Smith Hall 622

Phone: 647-571-4987

Email: gemma.johnson@mail.utoronto.ca

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Tara KamalAhmadi
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Planning PhD Student
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  • Transportation
    • Public Health
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001- 647-669-7560

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Kevin Kapenda
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Canadian-Indigenous Relations
  • Place Naming/Toponomy
  • Transportation
  • Relationship between Sprawl and Isolation, Health and Community/Political Participation
  • Race Relations, Politics of Difference
  • Planning in the Developing Countries
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kevin.kapenda@mail.utoronto.ca

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Michelle Kearns
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Equitable suburban regeneration
  • Regional transportation planning
  • Placemaking and public spaces
  • Active transportation
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Phone: 647-992-7530

Email: michelle.kearns@mail.utoronto.ca

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Robert Keel
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Housing Affordability
  • Land Use Planning
  • Social Housing
  • Transportation Planning
  • Municipal Finance
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P: (778)-677-5580

E: robert.keel@mail.utoronto.ca

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Tariq Khan
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban Design
  • Environmental Planning
  • Historic Preservation
  • Sustainability
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1-647-470-8685

Sidney Smith Hall, Room 596

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Raili Lakanen
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • climate change and social movements
  • environmental politics
  • youth activism and community organizing
  • sustainability planning
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email: raili.lakanen@mail.utoronto.ca

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Hubert Lee
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MScPl Student
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  • Public Transportation
  • Economic Development
  • Disruptive Technology and Innovation
  • Sharing Economy
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Email: hubertky.lee@mail.utoronto.ca
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Helen Loghrin
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Active transportation
  • Property law
  • Politics of planning and development
  • Sustainable infrastructure development
  • Architecture and urban design
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Phone: (416) 459-2272

Office: 622 Sidney Smith Hall

Email: helen.loghrin@mail.utoronto.ca

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Diala Lteif
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Displacement and migration
  • Conflict
  • Social Justice
  • Politics and space
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dialalteif@gmail.com

Sidney Smitt, Room 615

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Anson K. Ma
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MScPl Student
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  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Happiness and Urbanism
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban Design
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Office: Sidney Smith Hall SSH622

Tel #: (778)-288-4123

Email: anson.ma@mail.utoronto.ca

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Dani Magsumbol
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MScPl Student
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  • Social planning
  • Planning in diasporic cities
  • Creative cities in the Global South
  • Immigrants and urban spaces
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Email: danielle.magsumbol@mail.utoronto.ca

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Julie Mah
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Social housing provision, housing policy and affordability
  • Urban change and uneven development
  • Planning for spatial justice
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email: julie.mah@mail.utoronto.ca

office: Sidney Smith, 5017b

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Rui Mao
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Urban Governance and Finance
  • Transportation Policy
  • Transportation Policy Implementation
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Location: Department of Geography and Program in Planning
Room 5009, Sidney Smith Hall
100 St. George Street, Toronto ON, M5S 3G3
Email: r.mao [at] mail.utoronto.ca

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Keir Matthews-Hunter
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Housing markets, policy, and affordability
  • Neighbourhood decline and revitalization
  • Land use planning
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keir.matthews.hunter@mail.utoronto.ca

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Amina Menkad
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MScPl Student
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  • Urban Design Choices
  • Social Accessibility
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amina.menkad@mail.utoronto.ca

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Ewa Modlinska
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Municipal planning processes
  • Neighbourhood revitalization
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Urban renewal
  • Community development
  • Public-private-community partnerships
  • Politics of planning
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ewa.modlinska@mail.utoronto.ca

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Kate Nelischer
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Planning PhD Student
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  • Gender and planning
  • Designing cities for women
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
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kate.nelischer@utoronto.ca

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416.450.0868

Rebecca Nelson
Rebecca Nelson
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MScPl Student
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  • Sustainable transportation
  • Green spaces
  • Equability
  • Community development
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Office: Sidney Smith (100 St. George Street), Room 622 (shared space)

Email: rebecca.nelson@mail.utoronto.ca

Katherine Perrott
Katherine Perrott
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • urbanisms | suburbanisms
  • Visioning as planning practice
  • Canadian planning and development trends
  • Transit oriented development, smart growth, and new urbanism
  • Residential development and mortgage lending
  • Advertising, marketing, and place branding
  • Intersection of culture, economy, and policy
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katherine.perrott@mail.utoronto.ca

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Natasha Petzold
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MScPl Student
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  • urban design as a tool to promote safer, healthier communities
  • environmental planning and sustainable development
  • positive and equitable social change
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MScPl Student
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-Neighbourhood change

-Financialization and asset-based welfare

-Poverty reduction

-Tower renewal programs

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Mobile: 647-460-7074

Office: TBA

Email: steven.pham@mail.utoronto.ca

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Noha Refaat
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MScPl Student
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  • Architecture and Urban Development
  • Community-based Planning and Development in Cities
  • Urban Informality
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Tim Ross
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • disability studies
  • active school travel
  • school travel planning
  • children’s independent mobility
  • planning theory
  • planning policy and regulation
  • accessible/inclusive design
  • photovoice
  • institutional ethnography
  • qualitative research methods
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email: tim.ross@mail.utoronto.ca

office: Sidney Smith Hall, Room 5030

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Claudio Sarmiento-Casas
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Active transportation planning in Latin America
  • Tactical Urbanism
  • Pedestrian and vélo-mobilities
  • Diversity in mobility
  • Street design
  • Road safety
  • Mexican cities
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Office: Room 596, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, U of T, M5S 3G3

Email: c.sarmiento.casas[at]mail.utoronto.ca

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Clara Shipman
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MScPl Student
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  • architecture and urban planning / urban form
  • housing and community development / mixed-use and mixed-income projects
  • social justice and access to the city / social and spatial polarization
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Sidney Smith Hall, Room 622

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Anna Shortly
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MScPl Student
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  • Sustainable and equitable food systems
  • Agricultural development
  • Community-based planning
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416-566-5931
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Arno van Dijk
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MScPl Student
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  • Role of the urban planner
  • Social media and urban planning
  • Engagement in urban planning
  • Advocacy in urban planning
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Holly Wacker
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MScPl Student
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  • climate resilience
  • decolonizing planning
  • right to the city
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Nate Wessel
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Planning PhD Student
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  • Transit
  • GIS
  • Cartography
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SAUSy Lab (Room 608)

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Ryan Whitney
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Non-motorized transportation planning
  • Social justice
  • Latin American urbanization
  • Global policy transfer
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JieLan Xu
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Built-environment
  • Urban design and activity space
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Aging-in-place and age-friendly communities

 

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Office: Rm 595, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Email: jielan.xu@mail.utoronto.ca

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Mischa Young
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Transportation behaviours
  • Parking
  • Public transit
  • Urban sprawl
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Phone: 514.268.8698

Email: mischa.young@mail.utoronto.ca

Office: Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems Lab (SAUSy), Sidney Smith, Room #608

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Merlin Yuen
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Multi-modal Transportation Planning
  • Transportation Master Planning
  • Innovations in Shared Mobility
  • Urban and Transportation Design for Climate Change
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Room 622, Sidney Smith Hall (Shared Space)

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Will Zahn
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MScPl Student
Research Interests
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  • Public housing history, housing policy, affordability
  • Urban segregation and geographies of ethnoracial identity/conflict
  • Spatial analysis, cartography, data visualization
  • Borders, territory, post-colonialism, nationalism

 

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Austin Zwick
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Planning PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Economic Decline and Revitalization
  • Platform Economy (Uber, AirBnB, etc.)
  • Regional Economic Growth
  • Municipal Finance
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Energy Policy

Resource Boom to Revitalization: How does fracking affect patterns of economic decline and revitalization in Northern Appalachia?

Small cities in Appalachia have been battling an ongoing struggle against economic decline for decades, but now some find themselves amidst a new natural resource boom. The technological innovation of hydraulic fracturing drilling, commonly known as ‘fracking’, has revolutionized global energy markets overnight, creating a gap of understanding about its local implications in the process. Most early research focused on documenting the environmental risks of fracking, but little work has gone into understanding its local economic impacts. Some scholars find that agglomeration economies based on the fossil fuel extraction industry may provide a solid foundation for future economic growth even after the gas dries up, while others argue that resource extraction occurs in boom-bust cycles dependent upon volatile international markets and therefore existing communities would be better off leaving the fossil fuels in the ground. The relationship between natural resource development and economic stagnation is commonly known as the ‘natural resource curse’. In addition, resource extraction communities operating on the boom-bust cycle struggle with inadequate social and health services to deal with overarching community crises of depression, family stress, violence toward women, and addiction issues. As municipalities grapple with these challenges by using rising tax revenue to add administrative capacity, increase staffing levels, buy equipment, and hire outside expertise, the boom-bust cycle becomes reflected on their balance sheets, putting their fiscal health at risk. This leads to the primary research question: How does the hydraulic fracturing resource boom affect existing patterns of economic decline and revitalization in Appalachia?

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