Adjunct, Sessional, and Status Only Faculty

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Zach Anderson
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Human Geography PhD Student, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Political Ecology
  • Cultural Politics of Resource Extraction and Development
  • Neoliberalism and Market-based Conservation
  • The “Green Economy”
  • Indonesia (East Kalimantan)

My research investigates the rollout of ‘green economy’ projects in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Specifically, I examine the spread of carbon forestry projects and discourse in the district of Berau, against a backdrop of oil palm plantation expansion. I draw on critical political economy and political ecology to examine the role that institutions of global environmental governance, corporations, and state and civil society institutions play in the creation of new ‘green’ commodities for global consumption. I am also interested in how this process underwrites the emergence and modification of local environmental subjectivities and leads to a novel reimagining of an Indonesian forest landscape as a frontier for green investment.

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Office: Room 5068, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, U of T, M5S 3G3
Email: z.anderson [at] utoronto.ca

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Michelle Berquist
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Planning practice
  • Project Management
  • Systems and infrastructure
  • Civic engagement, community, decision-making methods
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Michelle Berquist, MScPl, RPP, MCIP
michelle.berquist@utoronto.ca
647 308 7897

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Joe Berridge
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • Large scale urban planning and regeneration projects
  • Waterfront redevelopment
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Email: jberridge@urbanstrategies.com

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Asya Bidordinova
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Planning PhD Student, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Transportation planning
  • Urban Mobility
  • Cycling
  • Policy Analysis: policy mobilities, policy transfer
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Philippa Campsie
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • Effective communication techniques in planning
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Food and local agriculture
  • Public consultation techniques
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Phone:    (416) 978-2580
Location: Room 5061, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     p.campsie@utoronto.ca

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Jeffrey Cantos
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Urban planning
  • Community development
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Email: jeff.cantos@gmail.com

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Rob Dowler
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • Governance & planning decision making boards
  • Planning administration & implementation
  • Housing policy
  • Transit-supportive development
  • Smart cities & smart regulation
  • Project management & conflict resolution
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Email: rob.dowler@utoronto.ca

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Damian Dupuy
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Innovation systems
  • Innovation policy
  • Commercialization
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Urban and regional economic development
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Location: Room 5030, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     damian.dupuy@utoronto.ca

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Zahra Ebrahim
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • Equity-centred design
  • Participatory design
  • Participatory policy and planning
  • Intersectional city-building
  • Institutional reform
  • Human-centred design

 

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John Farrow
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • How cities develop successful economies
  • Financing urban infrastructure
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100 St. George Street, room 5047 (Geography & Planning main office)

Toronto ON M5S 3G3

 

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Stephanie Gagliardi
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Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Agroecology
  • Biodiverse cropping systems
  • Plant-soil interactions
  • Functional trait ecology
  • Plant pathogen dynamics
  • Global food systems
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Renee Gomes
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Urban planning
  • real estate development
  • transit-oriented development
  • long-term growth management planning
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Email: gomesrenee@yahoo.ca

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Kofi Hope
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • Just Cities
  • Social Movements
  • Social Exclusion and Urban Segregation
  • Racial Equity
  • Municipal Politics and Policy
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kofi@monumentalprojects.ca

 

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Lauren Jewett
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Physical Geography PhD Student, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • health geography
  • health services research
  • spatial statistics
  • multilevel modeling
  • Geography/stats education and training methods
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Sidney Smith Hall, Rm 594
University of Toronto – St George
100 St George St.
Toronto, ON

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Jennifer Keesmaat
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • City building
  • Designing safe, inclusive and vibrant public spaces
  • Affordable housing
  • transit planning
  • heritage preservation
  • strategy development
  • sustainable economic development
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Jennifer is an internationally recognized awarding winning urban planner, an entrepreneur, and the former Chief Planner of the City of Toronto. She is the recently named CEO of Creative Housing, a national organization that will develop, build and operate affordable rental housing at scale across Canada. An Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Jennifer is the urban affairs contributor to Maclean’s magazine, and is the CBC’s urban affairs specialist. Jennifer’s TED talks include Walk to School, Own Your City, and Taxes, Democracy and our Shared Interest. Her widely acclaimed podcast can be found at invisiblecitypodcast.com.

Jennifer is currently a candidate in the 2018 Mayoral race in the City of Toronto.

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Joanna Kocsis
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Planning PhD Candidate, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Knowledge co-production
  • Decoloniality
  • Anti-oppressive practice
  • Arts based research
  • Stigmatized communities
  • Youth
  • Leisure

Joanna Kocsis is an anti-oppressive, participatory research methods specialist and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. Her research has inquired into the international development project from many angles, ranging from the learning practices of international development grantmakers to the role of psychological empowerment in the innovative behaviour of subsistence farmers in Central America. Most recently, she has been exploring the role of affect in the lived experiences of marginalized urban youth in Havana, Cuba. Generally, her work focuses on making visible and undoing systems that colonize and restrict the production of knowledge by communities that face oppression through transformative, participatory research, by offering opportunities for reflection, capacity development and social learning. Joanna worked held Research Award positions at the International Development Research Centre in 2012 (Innovation for Inclusive Development) and 2014 (Policy, Strategy and Evaluation) and has served as the Learning and Evaluation Specialist for the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership since 2014. She has co-chaired of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group of the Canadian Evaluation Society since 2018.

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joanna.kocsis@utoronto.ca

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Kristian Larsen
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis
  • health geography
  • environment and population health
  • physical activity, diet and obesity
  • environmental exposure and cancer risk
  • access to health care facilities
  • transportation geography
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Email: kristian.larsen@utoronto.ca
Location:Room 5030, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
DV3272 (UTM)

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Nick Lombardo
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Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Urban infrastructure
  • Urban social history and development
  • Planning and regional governance
  • Property, law, and urban planning
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Gwen MacGregor
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Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Cultural Geographies of Nationhood
  • The City and Public Art
  • Unsettling Colonialism
  • The Politics of Mapping
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gwengwen@rogers.com

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Julie Mah
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Housing policy and affordable housing issues
  • Social housing development
  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Evictions
  • Planning for spatial justice and equitable development approaches

In general, my research looks at how income inequality manifests itself spatially through unequal housing patterns. I examine issues of housing affordability, evictions, gentrification and displacement, and the planning mechanisms that can be employed to address spatialized inequities, such as the use of value capture tools (e.g. inclusionary zoning).

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Stanley Makuch
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • Canadian Municipal and Planning law
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Email: smakuch@makuchlaw.com

James McLaughlin
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests
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  • How human activities and natural disturbance affect soil nutrient and water cycles, water quality, and productivity
  • Carbon cycling in Far North peatlands, and permafrost
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jim.mclaughlin@ontario.ca

Roger Phillips
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Geomorphology, Soil Science, and Hydrology
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roger.phillips@utoronto.ca

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Léa Ravensbergen
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Cycling
  • Critical mobilities
  • Feminist urban geography
  • Embodiment
  • Health inequalities
  • Migration
  • GIS
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Email: lea.ravensbergen@mail.utoronto.ca

Office – UTM: DV3207

Office – St-George: SS617a

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Tim Ross
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Assistant Professor (Status Only)
Research Interests
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  • Planning/design for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility
  • Disability studies
  • Inclusive play
  • Education access
  • Institutional ableism
  • Transport and land use planning
  • Qualitative methods
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Email: tross@hollandbloorview.ca
Phone: 416.425.6220 x3554
Location: Room 4W335, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Call for Students

I am recruiting students interested in researching how disability is experienced in relation to planned built environments, services, and systems, and/or how we can plan and design more accessible and inclusive communities. Preference is given to students interested in considering experiences of childhood disability relating to one of the following four topics: (1) access to education, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) inclusive play, and (4) addressing institutional ableism. Beyond these topics, I am happy to discuss working with students with interests in accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Lindsey Smith
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Postdoctoral Fellow, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Spatial behaviour
  • Food access
  • Physical activity
  • Built environment
  • Public health
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Joshua Steckley
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Human Geography PhD Candidate, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Political Ecology
  • Commodification of Nature
  • Earthworms
  • Critical Development Studies
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Stephen Swales
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Sessional Lecturer
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  • Urban-economic geography
  • Environment
  • GIS
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Nicole Van Lier
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Human Geography PhD Student, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Political ecology
  • Feminist political economy
  • Settler colonialism
  • Nationalism and state-formation
  • Land and resource conflicts
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nickie.vanlier@mail.utoronto.ca

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Romila Verma
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Sessional Lecturer
Research Interests
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  • Environmental sustainability
  • Climate change impacts on freshwater
  • Finding creative solutions to global environmental challenges
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Location: Room , Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email: romila.verma@utoronto.ca

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Ellyse Winter
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Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Critical food studies
  • Critical animal studies
  • Environmental Justice
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Adam Zendel
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Human Geography PhD Candidate, Course Instructor
Research Interests
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  • Cultural Economy
  • Live Music Industry
  • Touring Music Industry
  • Urban Economic Geography
  • Cultural Industries
  • Precarious Labour

Broadly, I am interested in the livelihoods, identities and working conditions of cultural workers. My doctoral research explores the everyday life of touring musicians. I am particularly interested in how touring musicians and crew take care of themselves on the road, how they maintain relationships back home, and they come to understand themselves as workers.

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Office: Cultural Economy Lab, Room 5029, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, U of T, M5S 3G3

Phone: (647) 936 – 3056

Email: adam.zendel@mail.utoronto.ca

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Peter Zimmerman
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Adjunct Professor
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  • Real estate development
  • Housing Policy
  • Affordable Housing
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