News & Announcements

PhD candidate Beyhan Farhadi discusses e-learning for Global News Toronto

In the wake of rolling education across Ontario – one of the sticking points for high school teachers is mandatory e-learning. Many are concerned it is not practical or suited for everyone. To watch the video, click here. 

Professor Emily Gilbert discusses the return of Black Canadian Studies (CDN335) to UofT in The Varsity

“I saw a real need for a course that would examine the experiences of Black Canadians in light of the renewed discussions of anti-Black racism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement,” wrote Gilbert in an email to The Varsity. “While one course will not bring about needed institutional change, it is a […]

Prof. Deb Cowen and student Kuni Kamizaki discuss the effects of gentrification on Parkdale neighbourhood in The Guardian

Just last month, Cowen says, the city announced a $24bn affordable housing strategy with provincial and federal support. “I’m not convinced even that is enough to effect the change we need,” she says. Bureaucracies walk, while capital sprints: by the time anything gets built – eight to 10 years from now, or more – “what […]

UofT Final Report of the Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health was released on Jan 15th

The Final Report of the Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health (PDF) was submitted to the President and Provost in December 2019, and was released on January 15, 2020 along with an Administrative Response (PDF). The Response accepts all of the Task Force’s recommendations and announces a new partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), whose expertise will help guide the implementation of recommendations. Click here […]

Professor Michael Widener featured in The Star: How does a supermarket decide where to open in Toronto?

“If we pretend all supermarket and grocery stores are equal, there’s really good coverage across Toronto no matter if you’re a pedestrian or transit user, but food deserts are more complicated,” [Widener] says. “If you live next to a Whole Foods, but can’t afford to shop there then it’s useless. There’s also access to child […]

UofT News recognizes student Hafsah Siddiqui’s accomplishments, naming her one of the “students who crushed it in 2019”

“Hafsah Siddiqui, a geography and planning master’s degree student, landed a full scholarship to study at Cambridge University. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship recognizes students with leadership potential, outstanding intellectual ability and a commitment to improving the lives of others. She planned to continue focusing on housing inequality as a PhD student across the pond. Her […]

Lauren Jewett receives the Health System Impact Fellowship – A first for geographers!

PhD student Lauren Jewett has been awarded the Health System Impact Fellowship, making her the first geography student ever to receive the fellowship across Canada! Under the supervision of Prof. Michael Widener, Lauren’s project focuses on integrating geography to evaluate health inequalities across urban, rural , and remote Canada.  Her fellowship placement is with the […]

Joanna Kocsis wins Best Short Film at the Cuban American International Film Festival

PhD candidate Joanna Kocsis, supervised by Prof. Sue Ruddick and Amrita Daniere (committee member), wins Best Short Film at the Cuban American International Film Festival for her film Joven Habana – produced by Joanna and written and performed by her research participants. For more information about the film/project, please visit: or facebook: Congratulations Joanna!

“How Toronto Reined In Big Tech” — Prof Matti Siemiatycki writes opinion piece for The New York Times

How Toronto Reined In Big Tech: Its deal with Sidewalk Labs harnesses private “smart city” planning to the public interest. 

Professors Sharlene Mollett and Jing Chen named Distinguished Professors of Geography & Planning

Congratulations to Professors Sharlene Mollett and Jing Chen for being named Distinguished Professors of Geography & Planning! The University of Toronto Distinguished Professor Award is designed to advance  and recognize individuals with highly distinguished accomplishments and those who display exceptional promise. The award will be held for a five-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.