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.
Annika is the Research Administrator for the City Institute housed within York University. She is currently completing her graduate studies at Ryerson University in Fashion. She holds a degree in Communication Studies from Concordia University and a degree in Geography with a focus on Environmental Studies from Concordia University. She is currently conducting research about the use of African print in contemporary fashion, traditional printing techniques and issues of sustainability in fashion production.
Students working at CITY
Master of Environmental Studies, Planning
Cara’s research centers around the public space, urban activism, and participatory planning. Her interests in social and spatial justice as well as the right to the city guides her passion to work with communities to make their public spaces more accessible and equitable.
Masters in Environmental Studies
Michael’s research is centred on urban transportation issues, with particular interest in suburban transportation patterns and sustainable and equitable transportation solutions. As an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies, he was a peer mentor with the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students and was active with the York University Mature Students Organization.He worked for over 11 years for the Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region, a registered charitable organization based in Brampton, most recently as Associate Director. He was dedicated to helping individuals with learning disabilities and their families find the information, services and support they need.
Master of Environment Studies (Planning)
Michael D. Di Febo is a current graduate student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and a recent graduate from the University of Toronto where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree through the Department of Geography and Planning. His previous research focused on the use of spatial statistics and modelling in a transportation context. Currently, he is focusing on how the development and proposal of transportation corridors influence the economic development of a city and areas immediately surrounding such proposed developments.
Pursuing both the Planning (OPPI and RPP accredited program) stream and a Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment in conjunction with the Schulich School of Business, Michael hopes to link the disciplines of transportation planning and economic development through academic research.
Lucy’s research interests focuses on land use planning and policy in southern Ontario and the impacts that the shifting nature of work and leisure are having on processes of urbanization and spatial experience.
Master in Environmental Studies, Planning
Lela has an Honors BA in Human Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. She has come to York University to continue her education in the Masters in Environmental Studies Planning Program at the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her research interests include urban and regional planning, sustainability planning, green economies and economic development.
Masters in Environmental Studies, Planning
Fairoz’s research interests include urban and regional planning, transportation planning and global cities. Having received a an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from York University, she has returned to York University in order to examine various public transportation infrastructure and networks cities have adopted in response to unique geographic, historic and sociopolitical conditions.
Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies
Loren is currently completing a BA in Urban Studies at York University. A freelance writer and journalist, youth mentor and teacher, she has spent a large portion of the past ten years working with youth in educational and community art environments. More recently her work has been centered around several research projects focused on affordable housing in Toronto. Some of her primary interests have concerned social effects and repercussions of city development, planning, and renewal. She hopes to find innovative new ways to build communities, to share new ideas, and to imagine new directions and realities in sustainable urban living.