About Us

The Urban Policy Lab is made up of faculty and students at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and who we work with, below.


The Lab's affiliated faculty members have research expertise and professional experience in a wide range of urban policy issues, including municipal affairs, governance, finance, housing, transportation, infrastructure, innovation, regional economic development, property law, and poverty.

Gabriel Eidelman

Founder and Director

Gabriel Eidelman is founder and director of the Urban Policy Lab, and assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, where he teaches classes on urban governance and public policy. His research focuses on cities and urban governance in North America, and has been published in the journals Cities, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. For more information, visit his personal website here.

Graduate Fellows

Members of our student leadership team, comprised of second-year Master of Public Policy students, contribute to our research and civic education projects, participate in unique experiential learning opportunities, and coordinate the Lab's extracurricular programming.

  • “I am drawn towards the complexity of urban policy and the challenges associated with urban living.”
    Rebecca Hellam
    Graduate Fellow


The Lab engages in collaborative research and civic education projects with a range of academic, government, and community partners, including:


Evergreen is a national not-for-profit dedicated to making cities flourish. In the coming months, the Lab will contribute to an exciting Evergreen initiative, Future Cities Canada, to share best practices and stories of inspiration in the field of urban innovation and sustainability.

City of Toronto

The City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy Office oversees implementation of 20-year strategy to advance equity, opportunity and prosperity for all Toronto residents. The Lab will work with the City's Poverty Reduction Office to identify opportunities, barriers, and points of intervention to achieve the strategy's key recommendations.

Calgary School of Public Policy

In collaboration with the Calgary School's Urban Policy Program, the Lab will host a national symposium on “Good Governance in Canada’s Big Cities”, bringing together academic experts and experienced practitioners to debate the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary governance structures and practices in Canada’s largest metropolitan areas.

Contact Us

Whether you're an academic interested in collaborative research, or a municipal government, not-for-profit, or community organization looking for an academic partner, we'd love to hear from you.