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Urban Studies

November Newsletter

The Urban Studies Program at Innis College aims to provide students with a multitude of lenses through which to observe, interpret, and understand urban life.


Run Score: Mapping Toronto's Runnability 

Check out Alex Bimm's first piece at Spacing as part of his placement for INI437!

Illustration by Brontë Mutukistna

University of Toronto x Regent Park Focus: A Collaborative Media and Research Initiative

Professor Aditi Mehta's INI430: Youth, Arts, and Engagement in Cities class launched a beautiful website showcasing critical media productions about Regent Park.
Cities need to innovate to improve transportation and reduce emissions
An article published by Professor Shauna Brail, Director and Associate Professor of the Urban Studies Programs and Associate Director, Partnerships & Outreach, School of Cities at the University of Toronto.


Toronto CREW Scholarship Applications Open

The 2020 Toronto CREW Scholarship Program is live and accepting applications until January 31, 2020. 

Any female students enrolled in a program whose curriculums focus on professions found in the commercial real estate industry are encouraged to apply!

In 2019, there were 26 applicants and 17 scholarships were awarded! 

Profile: Jannie Chien
Innis College Program Coordinator

What is your favorite thing about the Urban Studies program at Innis College?

I love that Urban Studies students are very driven. Having met with several USP students over the past two months, I can already tell that our students are going to go on to do some exciting things. I also really appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the program. As someone who doubled majored in Sociology and Human Geography, I often regret not using some of these courses towards the Urban Studies program!

Do you have any advice for students as a recent grad yourself?

Go to class, do readings, but don’t forget to have a life! You’re only going to do undergrad once (hopefully!) so don’t forget to take your head out of that book and make some great memories with your friends. Making personal connections is just as important as academics. In the real world, knowing the right people can get you places. Introduce yourself to people, remember names, and be as genuine and real as you can. Most importantly, always ask for help or talk to someone if you are struggling. You don’t have to go through tough times alone!

What are some resources that Innis College students (and students enrolled in Innis College courses) can take advantage of?

Innis College has a very popular Writing Centre which is available for any Innis students or anyone taking an INI course. Spots fill up fast so I would recommend booking appointments online as soon as you know you have an assignment coming up. They often have no-shows and cancellations so be sure to put your name on the waitlist. You can bring in your work at any point during the writing process, whether you are only in the beginning stages or if you have a full rough draft ready to be edited. Every college also has a learning strategist who can help you figure out a study strategy that works for you. Ask your college registrar’s office for details. Innis College has a library, and a full time librarian who is keen to provide advice to students. There is also an Urban Studies Liaison librarian at Robarts Library named Nich Worby who you can get in touch with if you have questions about conducting research for assignments.

We heard that you recently adopted a rescue dog, Obi! Tell us a bit about him, and can Urban Studies students meet him?

So glad you asked! Obi is my new puppy and he’s a 10 month old Jindo mix. As a newborn, Obi, his siblings and his mom were rescued from the dog meat industry in Daegu, South Korea. He flew 13 hours on a plane to get here so I could adopt him, so he’s still adjusting to life in Canada. He loves chewing on everything from socks to table corners but hates doorways, hallways, the subway, his reflection, and Riverdale. I’m trying to not bring him to work so much because the subway is very stressful for him but if I bring him, there will be a sign on my door and you can definitely come say hi! For more pictures of Obi, follow him on Instagram! @obithejindo

Events Sponsored by Urban Studies

Canadian Urban Institute: 22nd Annual Meeting with Toronto's Chief Planner
Friday, December 6, 2019, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
Students can obtain complimentary tickets using the code: UTGUEST

Upcoming Events

Museum Development in China
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
Engagement to Action: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Better Consultation 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 1 Devonshire Place, South House
Environment Seminar: Covering Solutions for a Planet in Crisis: In Conversation with Environmental Journalist/Author Adria Vasil
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 12:10 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 140, University College Building, 15 King's College Circle

Applying to Grad School? Here are some helpful links for urbanists:

Dalhousie University
Master of Planning

McGill University 
Master of Urban Planning (MUP)

Queen's University 
Graduate Degree Programs

Ryerson University 
Master of Planning in Urban Development (MPI)

Simon Fraser University 
Masters of Urban Studies

University of British Columbia
Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)

University of Toronto
Master of Global Affairs
Master of Public Policy 
Urban Planning
Master of Urban Innovation

University of Waterloo
Master of Arts in Planning (MA)

York University 
Master in Environmental Studies (MES)

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