Aayesha Patel, MScPl Student

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Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Other Degrees:
B.A Human Geography & Geographic Information Systems, University of Toronto, 2019

Honours & Awards:
Toronto CREW Scholarship (Women in Commercial Real Estate), 2021
Planning Master Retention Award, 2020
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-M, 2019-2020
University of Toronto Fellowship, 2019

Contact Information:

Department of Geography and Planning
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 622 (MScPl Office)
100 St. George Street, Toronto ON, M5S 3G3

Email: aayesha.patel [at] mail.utoronto.ca

Research Interests:

  • Retail gentrification in ethnic enclaves; Financialization of commercial real estate
  • Toronto’s early colonial planning and street network development (1780-1900)
  • Cycling infrastructure design;
  • Transportation behaviour and psychology of mode shift;
  • Barriers to cycling equity in diverse suburbs
  • Zoning policy for employment and industrial uses; Planning for multiculturalism and places of worship
  • Equitable transit-oriented development
  • Social determinants of health
  • Affective displacement and mental health impacts of gentrification

Teaching This Academic Year:

Teaching Assistant:

  • GGR252F – Marketing Geography
  • CITB08F – Economy of Cities (UTSC)
  • GGR246S – Geography of Canada
  • CITC15S – Taxing and Spending: Public Finance in Canadian Cities (UTSC)

Selected Publications:

  • Patel, A. 2018. Behind the blooms: Contradictions in the cut flower global commodity chain. Landmarks Journal of Undergraduate Geography, 4, 90-98.
  • Patel, A. 2016. Transit-led development and gentrification: A case study on the Eglinton Crosstown. Landmarks Journal of Undergraduate Geography, 2, 6-13.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Ecology, Transportation