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David Roberts, the Director of the Urban Studies Program, was recently awarded a grant as as a Co-Principal Investigator of a team of researchers through the Trans Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences & Humanities, "Recovery Renewal & Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World.” Click here to learn more.
Researchers supported by the School of Cities and led by Professor Fadi Masoud at the University of Toronto are exploring the role of tower neighbourhoods in addressing the inequitable impacts of climate change. Click here to read more. 
On February 16, the School of Cities partnered with More Neighbours Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade to host a question and answer session with members of the Task Force on the Housing Affordability Task Force report. Click here to learn more. 
A research team led by Professor Matti Siemiatycki, director of the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities, is exploring a land-use model that has the potential to contribute to a greener, healthier, more prosperous and equitable future in urban centres. Click here to read more. 
As the University of Toronto implements energy retrofits to buildings across its three campuses to meet its ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, a group of researchers is working to improve the well-being of students, faculty and staff.  Click here to read more about their work. 

Eva-Lynn Jagoe

The Urban Studies Program would like to introduce Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Innis College's new Vice-Principal. 

Q: Tell us about yourself and your academic background.

A: I am a professor in the Spanish department and in Comparative Literature. My work is in the interdisciplinary fields of environmental humanities and cultural studies. I teach courses on climate genres, Latin American cinema, and creative nonfiction writing. Right now, I’m working on a project about Catalonia and electricity from the 1920s to the present. It may end up being a memoir, since it’s based on my family in Spain, but it’s definitely got some fictional elements as well! In my spare time, I’m a yoga teacher, and my family and I are attempting to grow a permaculture garden and food forest on a piece of land in interior BC.

Q: What has interested you to take on the role of Vice President at Innis College? 

A: I’m so excited to be the Vice-Principal at Innis, because I really love the collegiality. Innis has such a distinct vibe, which I think comes from the eagerness and commitment of the students, along with the close-knit community that extends across the faculty, staff, and student body. Ever since I started teaching my Cinema class in Town Hall 15 years ago, I knew that I felt at home at Innis. I am already enjoying my role as Vice Principal because I get to be engaged in the day-to-day activities of the College. I like that I’m finding ways to provide input and support to students and to the Academic Programs, and hope to figure out new initiatives and projects with them. I’m most thrilled about all the new people I’m meeting, and how friendly everyone is here!

Q: What are your thoughts on the Urban Studies Program at Innis College? In what ways can students in this program impact society? 

A: Urban Studies is a unique program that offers students a vital critical perspective on the possibilities and problems that constitute cities today. Given that so much of the world’s population lives in urban spaces, and that cities represent our biggest potential for living sustainably, I strongly believe that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to be able to create and keep cities diverse, adaptable, forward-looking, and invested in a high quality of life for all their inhabitants. Graduates of Urban Studies understand the complexities of contemporary cities, and can negotiate the conflicting demands and needs of city dwellers. They are the type of strong critical thinkers and engaged activists who can help us all live more just and equitable lives.

USP Summer 2022 Course Offerings

Are you considering taking a summer course? Here is what the program is offering this summer. View the Arts and Science Summer 2022 Timetable here
Undergraduate students who are interested in exploring the fields of architecture, city planning, landscape architecture and sustainable environmental design are invited to apply to UC Berkeley's intensive summer program Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities). Click here to apply. 
Urban Limitrophe collaborates with the Graduate Geography & Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) in celebration of Black History/Black Futures Month. Click here to listen to the podcast to learn more about geography and planning. 
Whether you are working on long-standing project (academic, creative) or finishing up discussion posts for your courses, SUAW session can help you keep on track with timed blocks and breaks within an online community. Click here to register for an online session. 
The Leading Social Justice Fellowship is a cross-sectoral leadership development program for individuals engaged in social justice transformation in the GTA, co-hosted by U of T's School of Cities, United Way of Greater Toronto and Rotman Executive Programs. Click here to learn more. 
URSSU Ice Skating Social 
March 21, 2022 3 pm
Come out to join the Urban Studies Student Union's (URSSU) Ice Skating event happening at the Varsity Arena. URSSU will be covering skate rental fees. An exec member will be present at the entrance to cover this fee. Click here to register for the event. 
Click here to learn more about the two key sites where land, water, and the political-economies of Ugandan neoliberalism mingle: the Nakawa industrial zone and the Ntabo/Garuga peninsular. 
This collective presentation will feature the work of three colleagues in the Department of Geography and Planning who will discuss Indigenous Urbanism, Indigenous kinship and relationalities, and Indigenous approaches to place and coexistence. Click here to register. 
Click here to join Dr. Moola's discussion on  health and parenting experiences of racialized caregivers that parent children with disabilities.
As cities emerge from the pandemic into the economic recovery phase, their underlying strengths are beginning to re-emerge. Professor Mark Kleinman of King’s College London will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on global cities. Click here to learn more. 
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