PhD Grad Mischa Young discusses his research on ride-share services – UofT Arts & Science News
PhD grad aims to make the world a fairer place when it comes to ride-share services
Professors Ron Buliung and Michael Widener discuss accessibility in Toronto – The Varsity
Transportation and grocery store distribution make Toronto inaccessible, UofT experts say
Professor Ron Buliung and Michael Widener talk to the Varsity about the urban design decisions that create city-wide barriers.
“Despite the Toronto government’s commitment to creating an accessible and inclusive city — through legislation such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code — Toronto’s urban design remains centred around able-bodied individuals, according to Ron Buliung, a professor in U of T’s Department of Geography & Planning.”
“Michael Widener, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography & Planning, explained that individuals’ time, financial, or mobility constraints can hinder their ability to secure adequate nutrition. In a 2015 paper, Widener discussed how the traditional method of measuring access, identifying “food deserts” — residential areas that are not proximate to supermarkets — has not been a useful measure of food accessibility.”
MScPl students Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie and Lena Sanz Tovar share insights on Regent Park – Spacing Magazine
MScPl students Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie and Lena Sanz Tovar publish two articles in Spacing Toronto about Regent Park, exploring the changing discourses and narratives as a result of revitalization and the realities of the Regent Park Social Development Plan.
Web GIS for Health Measures – a three workshop series presented by the GeoHealth Network and Esri Canada
The GeoHealth Network is thrilled to partner with Esri Canada to offer a 3-workshop series titled Web-GIS for Health Measures running Oct 9th, Oct 23rd, and Nov 6th from 1 – 3 pm EST online. Registration is free.
Professor Ron Buliung gives talk on childhood disability, access to education and transportation
Professor Ron Buliung gives talk titled “Childhood Disability, Access to Education and Transportation” as part of a TRAM Equity in Transport Seminar Series
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.
MscPl students/alum question the lack of diversity in planning – Spacing Magazine
Student Ruth Belay, alum Abigail Moriah, Saquib Ahsan, and Gervais Nash provide insights in Spacing Magazine on Why is urban planning so white? sharing research results from a study conducted by MscPl students in 2019 and presented to MIPOC
“Critiques of contemporary urban planning have urged the profession to critically reflect on systemic issues affecting both the profession and dominant planning approaches. In a profession charged with planning for the coming generations of people living in urban and rural settings, we must ask why the professionals employed to carry out this work do not reflect the diversity of the Canadian communities they plan.
In the absence of this diversity, how can planning understand the contexts of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (POC) communities, as well as address the issues these communities face: displacement, gentrification, socio-economic polarization, food insecurity, homelessness and gun and police violence.
In 2019, a team of University of Toronto masters in planning students sought to answer the question within the scope of the Greater Toronto region. They posed this research question: what experiences did Black, Indigenous, and other persons of colour have in navigating their planning education and work life?”
Professor Steven Farber and Mischa Young examine the wait-time of Uber’s wheelchair accessible service (UberWAV) in Toronto – Transport Findings
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.”
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.”