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Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Dr. Shauna Brail, Ph.D. (Toronto)

Shauna Brail


Room 308, Innis College (2 Sussex Avenue)


Shauna Brail is Director and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Urban Studies Program, Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, and a Senior Associate in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.  She holds a BA in Urban Studies/Geography (UofT), an MA in Urban Planning (UBC), and a PhD in Geography (UofT). 

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked in management consulting and as a senior policy advisor to the Ontario provincial government. As an economic geographer, her research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social and cultural change. She has led the development of academic internships and community engaged learning in the Urban Studies Program for over a decade, working with students, university administrators and partners at urban-focused organizations across the city.   

In her capacity as Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, Shauna works both within and outside of the university to develop partnerships and support initiatives which enhance the university’s strategic priority of leveraging our location(s).


Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Dr. David Roberts, Ph.D. (Toronto)



Room 303, Innis College (2 Sussex Avenue)



Adjunct Faculty Members

Dr. Paul Hess, Ph.D. (Washington)


Room 5067, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George St.)


David Hulchanski

INI339H1S Divided City/United City

Professor, Housing and Community Development
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto


David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, where he holds the Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing.  He is cross-appointed with the geography and planning program.

His PhD is in urban planning (1981). His research and teaching is focused on housing, neighbourhoods, and community development. In the 1980s he was a professor of community planning at the University of British Columbia and director of the UBC Centre for Human Settlements. He was the director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Urban and Community Studies from 2000 to 2008.

He is currently the principal investigator (director of research) of a 7-year $2.5 million research partnership, the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, focused on neighbourhoods and socio-spatial change in Canadian cities with international comparisons. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and other partners fund the research. See: http://neighbourhoodchange.ca

David Hulchanski is the author of a report on Toronto as a “divided city,” The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005.  See:  http://3cities.neighbourhoodchange.ca


Sessional Lecturers

The Urban Studies Program welcomes the following instructors to our program in 2016-2017:

Daniel Fusca
INI 432H1F: Special Topics in Urban Studies: Urban Studio (Summer Course)

Daniel Fusca

Daniel Fusca is the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for the City of Toronto Planning Division, working out of the Office of the Chief Planner. He is currently managing the Division's Growing Conversations initiative to improve the planning process through better engagement. He is also the staff coordinator and Chair of the new Toronto Planning Review Panel, which is a group of 28 randomly selected Torontonians that provide input into key planning projects. His other recent projects include the development of the Division's new Youth Engagement Strategy, and advising on the engagement process for TOcore, Toronto's Downtown Planning process.

Daniel is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Master of Science in Planning program and regularly lectures on public engagement at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University.




Patrick Adler
INI433S: Special Topics in Urban Studies: Governing Creative Cities

Patrick is a PhD Candidate in Urban Planning at UCLA. He joins the Innis Faculty for the Winter Semester while he conducts research for his thesis. He is an alumnus of the Urban Studies program (2008) and also holds a MA in Geography from the University of Toronto (2011).

Entitled Locating the Curated Economy: The Economic Geography of Music Festival Programming, Patrick’s thesis explores how music acts are discovered and selected for music festivals, seeking to explain the spatial agglomeration of music festival acts.

Patrick is affiliated with The Martin Prosperity Institute (Toronto) and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (UCLA).


Dr. Emily Paradis
INI333F: Critical Approaches to Urban Studies: Contesting Power in Canada’s Cities

Emily Paradis has been an activist, researcher, advocate and front-line service provider with people facing homelessness for 25 years. Her scholarly work focuses on human rights dimensions of housing, poverty and homelessness; community-based research and action; and participatory interventions to address inequities in urban neighbourhoods. She is a Senior Research Associate at University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, research manager of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, sessional instructor with the Urban Studies Program of Innis College, collaborator on the National Film Board online documentary project HIGHRISE, member of the Right to Housing Coalition, co-investigator with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and a founding ally member of the Lived Experience Advisory Council. Dr. Paradis holds a BA in Applied Social Science from Concordia University, an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from OISE-UT, and a PhD in Adult Education from OISE-UT.

Eleanor Rae
INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA (Term II)

Eleanor Rae (HBA, MA) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Department of Geography & Planning and a Project Coordinator for Maximum City.  Her academic and professional career centres on the values of urbanism, education, and engagement.  She researches and writes on urban topics concerning neighbourhood and condominium development (with a focus on CityPlace), gentrification, place-making & identity, and the role of creativity in Toronto city building.  Through teaching and project management, Eleanor pursues opportunities in experiential learning that engage students outside the classroom and immerse them in a dynamic urban environment. 


Dr. Greg Spencer
INI336F: Creative Cities

Dr. Greg Spencer (www.localideas.org) has nearly two decades experience researching the economies of cities. With a focus on the geography of the knowledge economy he has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in journals such as Regional Studies and the Journal of Economic Geography. Greg has also published in media outlets such as the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Guardian Online. He has done extensive consulting and research for organizations such as The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Industry Canada, NESTA, the Department of Trade and Industry (UK), and the European Commission. Greg is a regular speaker at international academic and public policy conferences.

Greg is currently a Research Associate at the Martin Prosperity Institute within the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He has also held positions at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Department of Geography and Planning at UofT. Greg has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in economic geography and planning at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. Prior to his academic career, Greg was Principal Consultant and Head of R&D at the Local Futures Group in London, England. Greg has a B.A. in Geography from Bishop’s University, a M.Sc.Pl. in planning, and a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of Toronto.