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)

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)

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. Ron Buliung on how children in the Greater Toronto Area get to school

Fewer children walking to school Metrolinx report finds (Toronto Star)

Now Open: Applications for Admission to Geography & Planning Graduate Programs

The Department of Geography & Planning is now accepting applications for September 2019 admission to graduate programs. Please see the Graduate Geography and Graduate Planning pages for further details.

The deadline to apply for all programs is January 21, 2019.

Justin Murfitt, MSc Geography student, wins the June Scott Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants

Justin Murfitt (Masters Supervisor: Laura Brown, UTM Geography) has won the June Scott Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants for his exceptional work as a TA in UTM’s courses in GIS, quantitative methods, and physical geography.

The objective of the June Scott Teaching Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants is to recognize publicly the contributions, which teaching assistants make towards the achievement of excellence in undergraduate education, and to honour those who have made exceptional contributions to teaching. More information about the award can be found at:

Alexandra Flynn explains how community councils work – CBC Radio

Alexandra Flynn comments on the legal decision to strike down new legislation related to the size of Toronto’s city council – CTV