Joanne Banh holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, with minors in Environmental & Asian Geography from the University of Toronto, jointly completed at the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining the Munk School, Joanne worked in the international development, start-up, and non-profit sectors in cities across Canada and abroad. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy Program, she joins the lab after completing an internship with the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services. In this role, she supported policy files within the Community Services Policy Unit related to gender-based violence, violence against women, as well as the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy. Joanne’s urban policy interests range from urban diasporic communities and placemaking, civic agency and participation, to the innovation economy, smart city development, and digitization.
Brittany BarwiseGraduate Fellow (2022-23)
Brittany Barwise holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations and Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Global Affairs program, she joins the lab after completing a summer internship with Digital Public Square, tackling misinformation surrounding COVID-19. Brittany’s urban policy interests include building inclusive, innovative, and sustainable cities through climate resilience initiatives and addressing issues of social inequity.
Luca DannettaGraduate Fellow (2022-23)
Luca Dannetta holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Studies from Queen’s University. He joins the Lab after a summer internship with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, in the Strategic, Network & Agency Policy division, where he worked on issues around electrification & energy transition, long-term energy planning, climate-resilient energy systems, and system governance. His urban policy interests include everything at the intersection of urban policy and climate action, especially low-carbon urban transportation systems, urban design and housing policy for low-carbon communities, and climate adaptation for urban infrastructure.
Lauren Grosberg is a second-year Master of Public Policy student. She joins the lab after interning at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She is passionate about finding creative collaborations and innovative solutions to the challenges confronting cities. To that end, she will be coordinating the Urban Policy Lab Mentorship Program, a new and unique shadowing program that matches Munk students with experts on urban issues of mutual interest.
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.
Drew Fagan is a Professor of Public Policy in the Master of Public Policy program. Prior to joining the School, he worked in various roles in the Ontario Public Service, including Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, with responsibility for overseeing government-wide capital expenditures, and Deputy Minister responsible for the Pan and Parapan American Games.
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Bill Forward is a Fellow in the Master of Public Policy program. He recently served as Acting Director of the Mowat Centre. Previously, he served a number of years in the Ontario Public Service, including as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
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Jonathan Hall is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on urban transportation. His recent work has focused on how to design road tolls so they help all road users and measuring the effect of Uber on public transportation. Professor Hall received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Read more about Jonathan’s work on his personal website.
Larissa Katz is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and holds the Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory. She teaches “Property Law and Cities” in the Master of Public Policy program,
Read more about Larissa’s work here.
Janet Mason is a Senior Fellow in the Master of Public Policy program. She spent three decades in the Ontario Public Service, including as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and recently served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing.
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Darius Ornston, an Assistant Professor at the Munk School, teaches in the Master of Global Affairs program and specializes in the political economy of Nordic Europe. He is currently examining the politics of innovation at the municipal level with projects on regional branding and large firms in small communities.
Read more about Darius’ work here.
Enid Slack, one of Canada’s foremost experts in municipal finance, is Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, housed at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Read more about Enid’s work on the IMFG website.
Richard Stren, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, teaches urban policy in the Master of Public Policy program. He has written or edited 18 books in both English and French, and more than 60 articles and book chapters on cities and comparative urban policy.
David Wolfe is Co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. His interest in cities focuses on the political economy of technological change and the role of local and regional economic development. He has published numerous books and scholarly articles, including 21st Century Cities in Canada: The Geography of Innovation.
Read more about David’s work here.
Dan Zuberi is RBC Chair and Professor of Social Policy at the Munk School, with a joint appointment to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His research focuses on urban poverty, health, education, employment and social welfare. His most recent book is entitled (Re)Generating Inclusive Cities: Poverty and Planning in Urban North America (Routledge, 2018).
Read more about Dan’s work here.
Breanne BatemanGraduate Fellow (2018-19)
Breanne Bateman holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History and English from Wilfrid Laurier University. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, she joins the Lab after an internship at the City of Mississauga, in the Transportation and Infrastructure Planning Division, where she conducted research on best practices in urban storm water and watershed management. Breanne’s urban policy interests include environmental policy and sustainability, particularly water and food policy.
Stephanie BertoloGraduate Fellow (2020-21)
Stephanie Bertolo holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science with a minor in Community Engagement Studies from McMaster University. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, she joins the lab after completing an internship at Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure where she examined the economic and social impact of investments across infrastructure sectors, including long-term care, education, and transportation. Stephanie’s urban policy interests include public transportation, affordable housing, and safe street design.
Heba Al-JunaidiGraduate Fellow (2021-22)
Heba Al-Junaidi holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with minors in Transportation Engineering and Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development from the University of Calgary. Before joining the Munk School, Heba worked as a transportation engineer in training in Calgary for four years. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Global Affairs program, she joins the lab after completing an internship with the International Centre for Tax and Development, where she researched the role of blockchain technologies in addressing tax administration challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Heba’s primary urban policy interests include sustainable transportation, inclusive design and tactical urbanism.
Erin MierdelGraduate Fellow (2021-22)
Erin Mierdel holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy Program, she joins the lab after completing an internship with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This is role, she examined environmental stewardship policy in the agri-food sector, including opportunities for clean fuel use and circular economy strategies for agri-waste. Erin’s urban policy interests include clean energy initiatives, low-carbon design and environmental innovation.
Sean McGowanGraduate Fellow (2021-22)
Sean McGowan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Western University. Now in his second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy Program, he joins the lab after completing his summer internship at the Local Governance Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In this role, he worked on many files regarding local governance structures, municipal policy, and stakeholder consultations. Sean’s urban policy interests surround governance, economic development, and creating competitive, vibrant cities.
Madison LeiskGraduate Fellow (2020-21)
Madison Leisk holds a Bachelor of Political Studies (Hons.) from Queen’s University. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, she joins the lab after completing a summer internship at the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). Madison is a co-author of CUI’s ’COVID Signpost 100 Days,’ which examines the first hundred days of COVID-19 in urban Canada. Her primary urban policy interests include the future of work and the strengthening of local economies.
Sara SzotGraduate Fellow (2020-21)
Sara Szot holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Criminology and French from Western University. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, she joins the Lab after an internship at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in the Business Partnerships and Programs Division. In this role Sara worked to improve existing provincial policy that supports small and medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs, and helped evaluate how COVID-19 relief programming within North America and Europe was being implemented to support local economic ecosystems. Sara’s urban policy interests include affordable housing, inclusive city planning and local economic development.
Jolene FunkGraduate Fellow (2019-20)
Jolene Funk holds a Bachelor of Health Studies (Hons.) from York University. She brings with her several years of experience working in community health promotion in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, she joins the lab and will be completing her summer internship at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board developing the Sustainable Investing Report. Jolene’s urban policy interests include environmental policy and sustainability, the role of physical space in health and wellbeing, and the future of work in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.
Joshua ChoGraduate Fellow (2019-20)
Josh Cho holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Now in his second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, he joins the lab after working for a year as a Policy Analyst for the BC Financial Institutions Commission and, most recently, completing an internship at the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure where he worked on improving provincial support for municipal public infrastructure and assisted with the oversight of Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto. Josh’s urban policy interests include public transportation, affordable housing and environmental sustainability.
Aidan CarrollGraduate Fellow (2019-20)
Aidan Carroll holds a B.A. from McGill University in Political Science, Anthropology and Communication Studies. He is currently enrolled in his second year of the Master of Public Policy program at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Aidan joins the Lab from the Region of Peel’s Human Services department where he worked on the Housing and Homelessness Services Transformation project team. As a member of this team, Aidan researched and designed new client pathways including a coordinated access system for chronically homeless individuals and families. He also helped the team make recommendations on organization-wide policy and process changes based on jurisdictional research and stakeholder engagement sessions. Aidan is interested in the intersection between levels of government, streamlining service delivery and providing practicable policy solutions to pressing societal issues.
Rebecca HellamGraduate Fellow (2018-19)
Rebecca Hellam holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Now in her second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, she joins the Lab after an internship at the Mowat Centre, where she used census data to study neighbourhood diversity and local socioeconomic conditions in Toronto. Her research interests focus on Toronto’s housing affordability crisis, and how technological and social innovation can be used as a tool for building communities.
Sam JerezGraduate Fellow (2018-19)
Sam Jerez holds a B.A. (with high distinction) in Sociology and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. Now in his second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, he joins the Lab after an internship with the Region of Peel’s Housing Development Unit, where he assisted with the development and implementation of a Housing Master Plan to guide the region’s investments in affordable housing, including supportive and transitional housing. Sam’s urban policy interests include affordable housing, poverty reduction, neighbourhood equity improvement, and the role of artistic expression in promoting community well-being.
Matthew PlouffeGraduate Fellow (2018-19)
Matthew Plouffe holds a B.A. (Hons.) in International Development and History, with a joint Certificate in Public Policy and Administration, from the University of Guelph. Now in his second year of the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy program, he joins the Lab after an internship at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, where he researched best practices for climate adaptation and disaster risk management. Matthew’s urban policy interests include social service delivery, housing, resilience, and environmental sustainability.