Sean McGowan

Graduate 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.

Erin Mierdel

Graduate 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.

Heba Al-Junaidi

Graduate 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.