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UofT’s School of Cities draws world’s urban institutes to Toronto for global network workshop

Matti Siemiatycki, the School of Cities’ interim director and an associate professor of geography and planning, says many universities worldwide have launched urban institutes with a mandate to undertake innovative and ambitious interdisciplinary research, education and community engagement initiatives. “We’re bringing these institutes together for the first time to explore how we can work together, […]

Applications for graduate study are now open!

Applications for admission to our graduate programs are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2020. Further information including application instructions can be found at the following pages: Application & Admissions to Geography programs (MA, MSc and PhD) Application & Admissions to Planning programs (MSc Pl and PhD)

PARKing Day Toronto: Students mark global day for public use of city streets by taking over Toronto parking spot – featuring PhD candidates Kelly Gregg and Sneha Mandhan and geography undergraduate students

“We think of Toronto as being a global city. Yet this is a global initiative that’s unrepresented here,” says Kelly Gregg, a PhD candidate in the department of geography and planning in the Faculty of Arts & Science. She was also the course instructor who assigned the parking day proposal last term. “The city needs […]

School of Cities partners with Toronto Public Library for lecture series on public space – featuring planning alumni and faculty

“The University of Toronto’s School of Cities has partnered with the Toronto Public Library for a four-part lectures series to answer some of the key questions and challenges surrounding public space.” Article features planning alumna Ann-Marie Nasr, director of parks development and capital projects for the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Click here […]

Intersections: Local Climate Organizing – September 13

Intersections: Local Climate Organizing  First event of the semester for the department’s speaker series! Friday, September 13th, 3:00pm – 6:00pm Innis Town Hall Theatre: 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S1J5 This panel will offer quick, direct glimpses into the work of ten Toronto organizations working to combat climate breakdown through lobbying, protest, litigation and other […]

UTM Orientation on September 11th, 12-2:30pm – please RSVP

UTM Lunch, Orientation, and Student-led Campus Tour, Sept 11th from 12 to 2:30. All new and returning geography graduate students who are UTM-affiliated are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP, including dietary restrictions, to by Sept 9th.

New updated (Sep 2) graduate orientation schedule is up!

Welcome new planning and geography graduate students! Click here to see your orientation schedule for Fall 2019. Also available under Resources for Current Students.  

Prof Michael Widener provides insight for the Pacific Standard on convenience stores and food access in low-income nighbourhoods

According to Widener, convenience stores are aware of where low-income people spend their money—and they choose their locations very deliberately. “Different types of retailers are making very calculated decisions about where they want to set up shop,” he says. “Oftentimes it’s a cold, calculated decision. They use market research, demographic information, computer models, and say […]

Prof. Ron Buliung featured in Globe & Mail on accessible playgrounds

“Moving beyond wheelchair accessibility, playgrounds are being designed with new materials and thoughtful equipment to remove barriers for those with vision impairments, hearing deficiencies, social anxieties, autism and sensory development delays”

CBC interviews Prof. Paul Hess on the sidewalk debate in Windsor, ON

CBC reports: The debate around sidewalks goes back to the years following World War II, according to Paul Hess, an urban planning professor at the University of Toronto. Cities all over North America were bursting at the seams and new neighbourhoods popped up on what used to be farm fields. Hess says the developers were […]