Recruiting PhD applicants for International Doctoral Cluster: Cities and infrastructure in a global age

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 for September 2021 start date

The Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto invites applications for 2
Doctoral Studentships to join an International Doctoral Cluster (IDC) focused on cities and
infrastructure in a global age that the University of Toronto and the University of Manchester are
launching in September, 2021.

The International Doctoral Cluster will provide a unique opportunity for participating students focused
on infrastructure topics enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Toronto to work with
faculty members, conduct comparative research, and be part of a cohort of graduate students at both
universities. The IDC will support the comparison and exchange of conceptual, empirical and
methodological insights into the past, present and future work of cities and infrastructure in a global
age. Alongside academic research the IDC program will include a strong element of engagement,
impact and outreach with public, private, and non-profit organizations in the infrastructure sector.

Please review our full announcement (pdf) for further details.

Graduate Admissions Open House, Nov. 19-20, 2020

The department is hosting it’s annual Open House for prospective applicants to our master’s and PhD programs in Geography & Planning.

Meet with faculty, staff and students to find out more about our graduate programs. Sessions will be held by videoconference (Zoom) on November 19-20, 2020. Visit our event page for further details.

PhD Candidate Joshua Steckley named finalist in SSHRC’s Storytelling Challenge.

Congratulations to Geography & Planning’s Joshua Steckley on being named one of 25 finalists in the SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest (Arts & Science News)

Trevor Porter’s research on climate change in Canada’s north published in Nature Communications

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PhD candidate Beyhan Farhadi discusses Ontario plan for mandatory e-learning courses

Mandatory online courses for high school students ‘a terrible idea,’ expert says. PhD student Beyhan Farhadi was interviewed this week on CBC Metro Morning, discussing the Ontario Government’s new initiative to make it mandatory for Ontario secondary school students to take 4 e-learning courses to graduate. (CBC News)

Professor Anna Kramer on how gender and public transport connect

Good public transit is a feminist issue (TTC Riders)

Professor Matthew Adams discusses his urban air pollution research

“I look at how different aspects of urban mobility change our exposure to air pollution.” (UTM News)

Professor Matti Siemiatycki discusses downtown relief line vs. Yonge line extension

Downtown relief? Or a subway to York Region? Why the GTA’s next big transit project won’t make everyone happy (CBC News)

Research by Prof. Steven Farber and PhD student Jeff Allen shows one million urban Canadians suffer from ‘transport poverty’

Stranded without transit? U of T researchers say one million urban Canadians suffer from ‘transport poverty’ (U of T News)

Prof. Alexandra Flynn provides insight on the potential for Indigenous treaties to lead to reconciliation

Let Indigenous treaties — not the duty to consult — lead us to reconciliation (National Post)