Building Successful Cities

In recognizing the vital part universities play in the life of a city, the University of Toronto's three distinct campuses embrace their role as city-builders in metropolitan regions they reside.

Situated in the world's most open, cosmopolitan and diverse city-region, U of T attracts talented, visionary and creative students and faculty from all over Canada and the world. Together, they are making this region a better place in which to live, work and prosper.

Our campuses are open spaces for public discussions of the most pressing and compelling social issues, whether it be addressing Toronto's housing crisis, or helping kids in the city's priority neighbourhoods:

  • Our faculty lend their expertise and advice to government agencies, citizens' groups and community-based organizations on major urban policy questions.
  • Our students engage in learning-by-doing, working with community partners in neighbourhoods right across the GTA.
  • Our physical development plans help us to achieve our academic mission while addressing the needs and aspirations of our neighbours.

Our Impact, Our Experts

What difference do you want to make in the next few years?

"I want to help build more sustainable cities and urban transportation systems. My research involves building detailed and behaviourally sound computer simulation models of cities so that we can discover cost-effective ways in which to transform our cities into high-quality, productive and sustainable places to live and work."

- Professor Eric Miller, Civil Engineering

"I hope that my research may encourage others to balance social and environmental issues and work towards social and environmental justice in urban communities and neighbourhoods. I would like my research to be accessible outside of the university setting and to help with understanding the diverse roles of communities and neighbourhoods in cities."

- Professor Susannah Bunce, Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough

"I want to carry out research that makes a difference in the ways that we think about and build cities. I am guided by questions about what types of infrastructure should be built to make great cities, how it should be paid for, and what processes should be followed to ensure that the decisions made are equitable, democratic, transparent and accountable. I want my research to be used by scholars, policy makers, politicians and communities to better understand the implications of the ways that urban infrastructure is delivered."

- Professor Matti Siemiatycki, Geography and Planning

"The health of 10 million Canadians is potentially being impacted by traffic-related air pollution. Through our studies of the chemistry, toxicity, and population exposure to vehicle emissions, we hope to reduce the adverse health effects of traffic congestion, making our cities more liveable."

- Professor Greg Evans, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

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