Nicholas Bakewell

Abigail Friendly

Dr. Abigail Friendly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University. Her research explores urban issues and planning, governance, participation, and socio-spatial justice in cities of the Global South. She received her PhD in planning from the University of Toronto and her MSc in global politics from the London School of Economics. Her most research projects have explored metropolitan governance in Brazil, land value capture in Toronto and São Paulo through the lens of social equity as well as comparative research to better understand paradiplomacy, or cities relations with the international world in Toronto and São Paulo. Additional research has included exploring the impact of graduate-level service learning in planning education, and national urban policy and participatory budgeting in Canadian cities. Her doctoral research explored the local practice of a national Brazilian law called the Statute of the City through a case study of local urban planning practices in Niterói, Brazil

James Patava

Ayrle Porter

An Indian citizen, Dr. Bharat Punjabi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He has taught courses in human geography, political ecology, water management, urbanization, and the political economy of development at Western University and Huron University College.  His research interests include Indian urbanization, the role of institutions in development, history of development economics, and development studies. His doctoral dissertation focused on regional water politics in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, India.

Dr. Iain D. Stewart is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Global Cities Institute in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.  He is the lead researcher on a Toronto-based interdisciplinary study of the urban metabolism of megacities.  Before coming to Toronto, Iain was Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Fellow at The University of British Colombia (UBC Vancouver), where he completed his PhD in Geography in 2011.  Iain’s research interests include the energy, water, and waste flows of cities and their effects on sustainable urban development; and the influence of urbanization on local and microscale climates, especially the urban heat island effect.  Iain’s research at UBC helped to establish scientific guidelines and standardized methods for urban climate studies, in particular for the exchange of air temperature data among cities worldwide.  His research has been published in the International Journal of Climatology, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and The Canadian Geographer.  Iain is twice recipient of the William P. Lowry Memorial Award, given for his advances in climate methodology by the International Association for Urban Climate.

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