Job Posting – Postdoctoral Fellow in Transportation/Planning/Suburbs/Justice

Overview of the Position:

Rapid urbanization is transforming suburban peripheries world-wide, creating immense
transportation-related social and environmental problems that threaten human health and
wellbeing. Recognizing this as a significant global challenge, the University of Toronto
Scarborough has created the Suburban Mobilities Cluster of Scholarly Prominence led by Dr.
Steven Farber to research four interdisciplinary challenges: rising suburban inequalities,
improving transportation design and technology, climate change, and resilience to shocks. More
information about Suburban Mobilities can be found in here.

We are seeking a single candidate for a term lasting up to three years (with the potential to
renew) to join the research team as a main contributor to the cluster’s activities in advancing new
research approaches, developing partnerships and engagement, and creating student support and
embedded training opportunities.

Click here to read the full job posting.

Professor Steven Farber and Mischa Young examine the wait-time of Uber’s wheelchair accessible service (UberWAV) in Toronto – Transport Findings

Click here to read their results.

Alum Kara Naklicki shares tips on career building and her experiences working for the City of Toronto – UofT Arts & Science News

“A lot of times, organizations are just doing the status quo, and if someone has a really well-thought-out idea that has the potential to move their work forward, they’re definitely willing to consider it. With an open job posting, there might be hundreds of people applying. If you’re proposing unique things, you have no competition.”

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Matti Siemiatycki discusses city improvements for the ‘new normal’ – Arts & Science News

“We need to build back better, do things differently, respond to the health challenges that have arisen from the pandemic. The housing crisis must be addressed and conditions improved for low wage workers. And we need to do things like improve bus service in the inner suburbs, invest in dedicated bike lanes and make the city more walkable and not so dominated by cars.

In short, we need to rebuild a society that’s more equitable, sustainable and just.”

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Fall 2020 Graduate Orientation Schedule

See pdf version of schedule.


FALL 2020


Check your email accounts for updates and changes! There are all kinds of orientation events going on across campus. Keep an eye out for the Gradlife emails and the GSU Digest forwarded by our GSU reps. Orientation events on Wednesday, Sept.2 and Thursday, Sept.3 are packed, so consider preparing snacks for yourself in advance.

Details to be sent in advance School of Graduate Studies Graduate Orientation “Making the Most of Your Graduate Experience”


This session provides a thorough overview of the wider graduate resources available beyond our Department. Students who have attended in the past highly recommend attending.


Information to be sent in advance Departmental Space Tour & Computer Lab Orientation, Printing Credits, Web Bios, Keys

GGAPSS Orientation Committee and Main Office


The space tour and computer lab orientation, along with associated documents, will cover all the key spaces that you have access to during your time at Geography & Planning. This includes offices, meeting spaces, studios, labs, and other key information such as where to print with your free printing credits!


Important note: Access restrictions to the aforementioned spaces will be in-effect for the 2020-2021 academic year as a result of COVID-19 public health policies; please review Department guidance and follow space restrictions accordingly. Please note that you must also review these resources to ensure that your public web bio is published on the Department website.


9:30-10:00 AM The Orientation to the Orientation

hosted by GGAPSS Orientation Committee


This will be the first time we all meet! We will cover brief rounds of introductions and what to expect from your 2-day orientation, set up the shared technology we will use for questions, how to contact us, and what to expect from each other over the course of your orientation.


10:00-12:00 PM Power in Geography & Planning Workshop – Locating Ourselves

hosted by Camille Dumond & Jorge Salazar from InnerActivist


This is an interactive anti-oppression workshop where we will provide a space for incoming students to begin building trust with each other. We will explore the dynamics of structural oppression/racism in general and within Geography and Planning in particular. This workshop will also provide a space for incoming students to discuss your values, and name and share your real fears, hopes, and roles in the field of Geography and Planning.


12:30-1:30 PM Toronto Talk & Lunch

hosted by GGAPSS Orientation Committee


This is a Q&A panel of 4-5 current students/recent students across the PhD, MA, MSc and MScPl programs who will share their experiences navigating graduate life at the University of Toronto and how it has structured their work and practice. Other topics the panelists will discuss include graduate studies, research, supervisor relationships, TA/RA-ships, campus resources and living in the city of Toronto more broadly.


4:00-6:00 PM First Story Toronto Virtual Walking Tour – Indigenous History at the University of Toronto

hosted by First Story


End your big first day with a fascinating interactive walking tour of our St. George Campus’ Indigenous history. For thousands of years, this land has been the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. This meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.



10:00 – 11:30 AM

Faculty Welcome Session for Incoming Graduate Students (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)


Scott Prudham, Acting Graduate Chair

Sharlene Mollett, Acting Associate Chair, Graduate Geography

Katharine Rankin, Associate Chair, Director Program in Planning

Thembela Kepe, Chair, Human Geography UTSC (Undergraduate)

Yuhong He, Chair, Geography, Geomatics and Environment UTM        (Undergraduate)

Richard DiFrancesco, Chair, Geography and Planning STG (Undergraduate)


Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)

Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie & Sarah Robertshaw

Accessibility Services (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)  

Sandra Hohener


Mental Health Services (Attendance: students, faculty, staff)

Pratik Nair, Health Education Coordinator


SGS Program Coordinator (Attendance: students, faculty, staff)

Liam O’Leary


11:30 – 1:00 PM

Human Geography

MA & PhD Program and Faculty Introduction

(Attendance: students, faculty)


S. Mollett

Physical Geography

MSc & PhD Program and Faculty Introduction

(Attendance: students, faculty)


Y. He


MScPl & PhD Planning Program and Faculty Introduction;


K. Rankin, J. Kemp


Explaining MScPl concentrations: session with concentration advisors

(Attendance: Planning students, faculty)


3:00 – 5:00 PM

Understanding your Funding Package

(Attendance: students in funded cohort/not MScPl)

Jessica Finlayson



3:30 – 4:30 PM

Professional Development Information Session-Internships

(for MScPl students only)

Renee Gomes and Jeff Cantos





11:00 – 12:00 PM Toronto Talk & Lunch

Zahra Ibrahim and Kofi Hope

5:00 – 7:00 PM Professional Development Workshop on Grants for Graduate Students

(NSERC, SSHRC, etc.)

Professional Development Committee


6:00 – 8:00 PM GGAPSS Virtual Trivia Night

GGAPSS Orientation Team


5:30 – 7:30 PM Planning Mixer



3:00 – 5:00 PM Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) Annual General Meeting & Elections


All new students are encouraged to attend and run for a position!



Professor Jason Spicer publishes article on worker and community ownership

Professor Jason Spicer publishes article on worker and community ownership as an economic development strategy – Economic Development Quarterly

“A generation ago, American state and local experiments with worker and community ownership appeared unsuccessful. Does their current revival offer anything new to the field of economic development or is this merely a tired retread of a failed idea?”

Click here to read the full article.

2020 Canadian City Parks Report published, involving the work of department members and alum

Park People issues its 2020 Canadian City Parks Report, a project involving the work of alumn Jake Tobin Garrett, Adjunct Professor Zahra Ebrahim, and featuring Professor Ron Buliung’s research on improvements for accessible and inclusive playgrounds.

“When it comes to public space, we can reframe our understanding of disability, said Dr. Ron Buliung, Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto and parent of a child with a physical disability. Rather than thinking of disability in anatomical terms, we can think about how ‘it’s actually the environment that is disabling,’ he said. ‘It’s about how spaces ‘[don’t] work in the presence of an impairment.'”


Report on Work, Inclusion and 2SLGBTQ+ people in Windsor and Sudbury is now available

Work, Inclusion and 2SLGBTQ+ people living in Windsor and Sudbury is now available online, a report covering three years of research conducted by a team of scholars, including Professor Natalie Oswin.

Professor Mark Hunter’s book wins the Joel Gregory Prize

Professor Mark Hunter’s book Race for Education: Gender, White Tone and Schooling in south Africa wins the Joel Gregory Prize, awarded by the Canadian Association of African Studies.

“Adjudicators note the book makes an exceptional contribution to understanding South African society, particularly its entanglement in the enduring legacies of institutionalized racism. The book expertly engages with discussions on race and class dynamics in South Africa in an insightful way. It is extremely empirically rich and a pleasure to read.”

Click here to read the full review.

UofT News highlights recent-grad Dariya Darvin’s Achievements

“Meanwhile, her interest in geography led her to take a first year Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course. She soon discovered the field was applicable to her goal of working in public health since she could use GIS to improve health-care delivery.

“I did it because I like it, but once I was into it, it fell into place,” Darvin says. “I saw the connections.”

Darvin graduated with a major in mathematics and a double minor in biology and GIS.

Darvin says the multidisciplinary approach has allowed her to look at health through different lenses. “It looks like a mix, but it ties together.”

Following medical school, her plan is to use that mix of knowledge to work with an interdisciplinary team of public health experts dedicated to reducing inequalities in access to health care.”

Click here to read more.