Sara Macdonald is the Coordinator of the City Institute and the Project Coordinator, MCRI “Global Suburbanisms” research project. Sara has her Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University and her research interests include urban and regional planning, suburban growth and development and greenbelts. She has been with the City Institute since 2006.
Senior Research Fellow
Will has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). His areas of interest encompass urban, social and cultural geography. His research at the CITY Institute focuses on governance in the context of the Tower Renewal project in Toronto. Will is interested in resident needs assessment, resident participation in the planning process and outcome measurements. Another area of interest for Will is the settlement process of refugees in North America, in particular access to affordable housing and home-ownership. Will is also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Roza’s postdoctoral research considers the function and socio-cultural meaning of public spaces in suburban high-rise developments in France and Canada, with a particular interest in the impact of high-rise refurbishment programs on community spaces and community cohesion. I have completed a PhD in Geography at the University of Sheffield, and through doctoral researched examined the impact of municipally-led gentrification on multicultural neighbourhoods in southern France.
Isabella is an architect and urban planner with professional experience in Brazil and France. She has a B.Arch. from the Federal University of Pernambuco – Recife, Brazil; a technological specialization diploma (Certificat d’Études Approfondies en Architecture: Architecture, City, Heritage, and Development: Disruptions and Continuities) from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux, France; a M.Arch in Urban Development from the Federal University of Pernambuco – Recife, Brazil; and a PhD in Urbanism by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Despite living in Canada, she has kept her position as Research Professor of architectural project and theory at the Catholic University of Pernambuco (Universidade Católica de Pernambuco/UNICAP) in Brazil.
Her main research focus is based on the social, cultural, and urban changes which took place in Brazil in the twentieth century; as well as urban space as an extension of the importing and exporting of urban models and cultural exchanges in an interdisciplinary analysis. Her PhD work has focused on the analysis of plans that guided the expansion of the major cities in Brazil since the 1950s, and the European and North American references from which their ideas have emerged.