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.

Jolene Funk
Graduate Fellow (2019-20)
Joshua Cho
Graduate Fellow (2019-20)
Aidan Carroll
Graduate Fellow (2019-20)
Breanne Bateman
Graduate Fellow (2018-19)
Rebecca Hellam
Graduate Fellow (2018-19)
Sam Jerez
Graduate Fellow (2018-19)
Matthew Plouffe
Graduate Fellow (2018-19)
  • “I am drawn towards the complexity of urban policy and the challenges associated with urban living.”
    Rebecca Hellam
    Graduate Fellow (2018-19)


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 Fall 2018, the Lab's graduate fellows contributed to the planning and implementation of the Future Cities Canada Summit, a partnership between Evergreen, the McConnell Foundation, and other civil society leaders to share best practices and stories of inspiration in the field of urban innovation and sustainability.

City of Toronto

In 2018-19, two graduate fellows were placed with the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Office to identify opportunities, barriers, and points of intervention to achieve the city's 20-year strategy to advance equity, opportunity and prosperity. The 2019-20 cohort of graduate fellows will provide policy and strategic support to the City's Municipal Licensing and Standards division.


CivicAction is a civic engagement organization dedicated to creating and implementing effective solutions to the most pressing challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region. The Lab provided research support for the 2019 edition of CivicAction's quadrennial city summit, which brought together nearly 1,200 civic leaders from across the region.

Canadian Urban Institute

The Canadian Urban Institute is a non-profit applied research organization dedicated to achieving healthy urban development. The Lab collaborated with CUI to develop the City Building Leadership Program, whichprovided students the opportunity to work alongside staff in the City of Toronto's Chief Planner's Office, as well as an annual Urban Exchange speed networking event.

Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. The 2019-20 cohort of graduate fellows will aid Pembina’s Urban Transportation Team in their efforts to advance policy projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario’s cities.

Calgary School of Public Policy

In collaboration with the University of Calgary School of Public Policy's Urban Policy Program, and other academic partners across the country, the Lab is a member of the Canadian Municipal Barometer project, an annual survey of mayors and councillors in more than 400 municipalities across Canada.

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.