Urban Studies Program

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



(last updated 22 July 2020)



  • We would like to welcome back Professor David Roberts as Director of the Urban Studies Program as Professor Shauna Brail has left Innis College to take on a new academic position at the University of Toronto Mississauga. We wish to congratulate Professor Brail on her new role as she continues her work with the Master of Urban Innovation Program as an Associate Professor with tenure. We thank Professor Brail for her steadfast leadership over the years and wish her all the best. Click here for the full announcement from Innis College Principal Charlie Keil.



USP In The News


Governance Innovation- Final Report: “How do cities manage change? Contemporary challenges in municipal governancepublished by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, the School of Cities and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, co-authored by former Urban Studies Program Director Shauna BrailJune 18, 2020



I’ve worked for years on anti-racism training. Here’s what I’ve learned about how Canadians can take the next steps” by Urban Studies instructor Kofi Hope for the Toronto Star, June 4, 2020


How to fix Toronto’s housing affordability crisis? Four urban planning students share their solutions” by Innis College alum Jacob Lorinc, featuring Urban Studies Program alumna Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie for the Toronto Star, June 4, 2020


The latest issue of the Journal of Planning Education and Research (Volume 40 Issue 2, June 2020, Focus Issue: Planning Beyond Mass Incarceration) features Urban Studies Professor Aditi Mehta as guest editor and contributor. May 25, 2020