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Events and Recordings

Sharing city building research and insights

Urban Innovation Café

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Urban Innovation Café (ongoing series)

The urban innovation driving solutions in our cities

Our Urban Innovation Café series brings together diverse leaders, researchers and policy makers in panels led by an expert moderator to discuss current urban innovations and their potential to solve big problems.

Mississauga: Urban Innovation in Action

We were proud to produce three webinars in winter 2022 in partnership with the City of Mississauga, focusing on how the city is embracing change in this rapidly growing urban region.

Smart Freight

A panel of advanced experts in transportation, management, logistics and cybersecurity discuss today’s challenges related to urban freight, and the future of the industry. Presented in spring 2021.


Research Presentations


Unlocking Potential Funding for New Parks in Toronto

Webinar | June 9, 2022

For his Major Research Project (MRP), Master of Planning '22 candidate Jean-Francois Obregon Murillo undertook studies that identified over 25 public and private financial tools that can be leveraged by municipalities to fund parkland acquisition, and investigated barriers faced by the City of Toronto to using existing funds to purchase parkland. This presentation outlines opportunities to unlock funding potential to support urban parks.


Series: Fresh Voices | 2021

Meet our newest city builders!

This webinar series in fall 2021 showcased the ideas, perspectives and research priorities of the new faculty members across campus doing work related to building healthier, more resilient urban systems, places and communities.

Plastic Additives: an overlooked risk for our urban drinking water? With Dr. Roxana Suehring

Wastewater Biorefinery and Urban Health with Dr. Rania Hamza

Dealing with (Massive) Urban Change in Japan with Dr. Will Galloway

Creating Inclusive Neighbourhoods for People Living with Dementia with Dr. Samantha Biglieri

Activating Open Spaces and Creative Placemaking with Victor Perez-Amado

Series: Research in Focus | 2021

Pushing the boundaries of city building

This series in spring 2021 was designed to showcase timely research and thought leadership across disciplines from our university that adds depth and dimension to core city building concepts. The series page includes text summaries as well as video recordings.

Housing Affordability and Immigrant Groups in Canada with Dr. Vik Singh

Pandemic Stress and Stigma Relief with Dr. Josephine Wong

Advancing Neighbourhood Businesses with Dr. Zhixi Zhuang

Imagining the Future of Toronto's Chinatown Districts with Linda Zhang

Women and Cities: Planning for Equity with Diana Petramala

Health Impacts of Urban Road Traffic Noise with Dr. Tor Oiamo

Mapping Local News Poverty with Prof. April Lindgren

Series: COVID in Focus | 2020

In this webinar series, which ran in Fall 2020, we explored aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic’s wide-ranging impact on cities. Faculty members presented their latest research into the effect of policy measures enacted during the pandemic, as well as newly apparent needs for pandemic preparedness and the protection of public health in an urban context. 

How our homes impact our health with Dr. Terri Peters

Road safety as a public health issue with Dr. Linda Rothman

Mapping children's healthy movement during COVID-19 with Dr. Raktim Mitra

How cycling infrastructure can save lives with Dr. Anne Harris