News & Announcements

Incoming Student Élyse Comeau Receives Prestigious Award

Congratulations to Élyse Comeau (incoming Planning Ph.D. student) on being awarded the 2021- 2022 Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Pediatric Disability Research, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Under the supervision of Professors Tim Ross and Ron Buliung, Élyse proposes to study the disabling experiences of public transit in the City of Toronto.

GeoPlan 2021: The Department of Geography & Planning Annual Newsletter

GeoPlan, our department’s annual newsletter, is out now! Read more about our new faculty, program updates, alumni activities, and excellent faculty by clicking here. 

Geography & Planning Students Support Toronto’s Growing Community Land Trust Movement

As Toronto’s housing crisis intensifies, many tenants face rent increases and evictions that displace them from their homes and communities. This dire situation calls for alternative solutions – an issue several Geography & Planning students have turned their attention to. The Affordable Housing Challenge Project (AHCP) at the U of T School of Cities brings […]

Health and Place: A look at Health Geography Research across the UofT Tri-campus

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, maps showing spread of the virus and vaccination rates by location have become fixtures in national and international news media. These figures have sparked important debates about geographical inequalities and have made many of us think more about the relationship between health and place – a concept that has long been […]

Recognizing and Reflecting on Anti-Black Racism for Anti-Racist Futures – Human Geography Awards, UTSC

This academic year 2020-2021, the Department of Human Geography at UTSC launched the Anti-Black Racism Awards to invite students to reflect on the events of summer 2020 and the murder of George Floyd. Such public depravity haunts us. Additionally, such hauntings are also evidenced by the way Black people continue to suffer disproportionately from COVID-19 […]

Following the Monarch: Columba Gonzalez-Duarte on Butterfly and Human Migrations

At the end of every summer, millions of monarch butterflies travel from Canada and the northeastern United States to a forest in the mountains of Central Mexico where they settle for the winter. Their journey is one of the longest insect migrations in the world, covering close to 3,000 miles over a three-month period. During […]

Interview with Professor Ian Burton – Recipient of the 2021 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change

For the first time since its inception in 2008, the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of climate change is recognizing the social sciences, specifically the work of three geographers: Neil Adger, Karen O’Brien, and Ian Burton – U of T Professor Emeritus from the Department of Geography & Planning. While […]

Welcome new faculty members!

Over the last two years we have been pleased to welcome the following faculty members: Harald Bathelt (Professor, UTSG) The focus of Professor Harald Bathelt’s research and teaching activities is in economic geography. A relational approach, which emphasizes economic and social processes in spatial perspective, provides the analytical framework for his research. This rests on […]

The Planning Program Review 2020-21: Challenging Racism in Planning

Like many North American Planning programs, we at University of Toronto committed the 2020-2021 academic year to introspection—in the wake of the urgent social movements against racism in the summer of 2020, to an open student letter urging the program to reflect on how anti-Black racism and injustice manifest in planning education and practice (including […]

2021 UTAGA Update from President Puneh Jamshidi

The University of Toronto Association of Geography Alumni (UTAGA), with the help of its caring and committed alumni and student volunteers, were able to navigate successfully through the pandemic. In a time where many feel isolated and removed from friends and family, our ability to meet monthly online has offered respite from the stresses of […]