Evan Castel, Human Geography PhD Student, Course Instructor

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Other Degrees:
M.Sc, Health Sciences, York University
B. Arch. year 1-2, Architecture, University of Toronto
B.Sc (Hons), Life Sciences, Queen's University

Cross Appointments:
Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Honours & Awards:
• Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy Fellowship (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018)
• Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2014-2015)
• Comparative Program on Health and Society Lupina Senior Doctoral Fellowship, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2013-2014)
• University of Toronto Department of Geography: J.E.R. Ross Scholarship (2012)
• Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Institute of Population and Public Health Travel Scholarship (2012)
• CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship / Banting and Best Doctoral Research Award
• Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology: ESRI GIS Scholarship (2009)

James R. Dunn (McMaster University)
Kathi Wilson (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Contact Information:

Email: evan.castel AT utoronto.ca   Twitter: https://twitter.com/evancastel/
Office: Department of Geography, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 5001, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON  M5S 3G3, tel (416) 978-3375


Personal Website: http://twitter.com/evancastel/

Research Interests:

  • Urban built form and its relationships with social processes and mental health
  • Healthcare quality
  • History of architecture and urban planning
  • GIS

My academic research is situated at the intersection of urban planning, architecture and public health, where I use a health equity lens with geospatial and epidemiological tools to examine connections between the built environment and human health. My doctoral work focuses on the unique built environment of high-rise habitation, using large Statistics Canada datasets and GIS to examine the health and social consequences of life in the current high-rise boom as well as in the aging, stigmatized high-rises that are central to Canada’s low-income urban housing stock. This work, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is providing the first national examination of the social and health implications of high-rise living, bringing insight into the effects of density and the role of disadvantage in Canada’s urban centres.

My undergraduate education was in the life sciences and then architecture (Queen’s University and University of Toronto), followed by ten years of experience in architecture and urban planning policy roles, including working for Ontario’s Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal on the preparation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. After developing my research and policy skills in these roles in the private and public sectors, I began graduate studies with a Master’s degree in health sciences at York University before beginning my present doctoral degree.  I am always interested in community and academic feedback and collaboration, and welcome inquiry via my contact information above.



Teaching This Academic Year:



1.      Teaching assistant:

•  GGR252 Marketing Geography (current)

•  GGR270 Analytical Methods (Fall 2018)

•  GGR 340 Health Geography (Winter 2017)

•  GGR 207  Cities, Urbanization and  Development (Fall 2014, Winter 2015)

•  GGR 272 Geographic Information and Mapping I  (Winter 2014)

•  GGR 401 Built Environment and Health (Winter 2013)

•  GGR124 Urbanization (Summer 2011, 2012)


2.      Guest lecturer:

•  GGR 401 Built Environment and Health (winter 2017)

•  GGR 401 Built Environment and Health (winter 2013, 2014)

•  GGR 277 Social Research Methods (summer 2012)


Selected Publications:

Castel, Evan; Farber, Steven. Benchmarking the Health and Public Transit Connection in the GTHA: An Analysis of Survey Microdata. Metrolinx, April 27 2017 (open access)

Castel E, Ginsburg L,  Zaheer S, Tamim H.  Understanding nurses’ and physicians’ fear of repercussions for reporting errors: clinician characteristics, organization demographics, or leadership factors? BMC Health Services Research. 2015. 15:236 (open access)

Castel E. Health, equity and the high-rise: theorizing three spaces in high-rise habitation and health.  Munk School of Global Affairs Comparative Program on Health and Society Working Paper Series (June 2015).

Wakefield S, Castel E, Environmental health and community activism. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2014.

Ginsburg L, Castel E, Tregunno D, Norton P. H-PEPSS: An instrument to measure patient safety competency in health professional education. British Medical Journal Quality and Safety. 2012;21:676–84. (open access)

Tamim H, Castel E, Jamnik V, Keir P, Grace SL, Gledhill N, Macpherson AK. Tai chi workplace program for improving musculoskeletal fitness among female computer users. Work. 2009; 34(3):331-8.


Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life