Undergraduate Affiliates

CITY offers graduate and undergraduate students many opportunities and resources, among them:  seminars, professional training workshops,  conferences, membership status, work space and social activities. To learn more about the Institute, meet graduate students with similar interests, and learn how you can become involved reach us on city@yorku.ca.

Brandon Hillier

HBA Candidate, Urban Studies 

Brandon Takayuki Hillier is the Managing Editor of The Toronto Urban Journal and is a fourth-year urban studies student at York University. He is also a part of the executive committee of The City Institute as the undergraduate representative. His work employs a political economy approach to questions of political space, territory and governance. Brandon intends on continuing his work at the graduate level and work toward a PhD.

Rabia Munir

Geography & Urban Studies

Rabia Munir is Deputy Editor of the Toronto Urban Journal and is a fourth-year geography and urban studies student at York University. She is also the President of the Federation of Urban Studies Students (FUSS). Her areas of interest include: environmental aesthetics, landscape ecology, social justice and deindustrialized space. Rabia is fascinated with socio-ecological production of communities, and how these spaces play role into cultural expressions. She hopes to research these themes deeper at a graduate level.

Justine Bonczek

Urban Studies

Justine Bonczek is an Associate Editor of the Toronto Urban Journal and a third-year urban studies student at York University. She is also on the board for the Federation of Urban Studies Students and a volunteer at the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Archives. Her work explores the intersections between gender, race and class in urban centers. Justine intends to continue her work at the graduate level.

David Barankin

Urban Studies

David Barankin is an Associate Editor of the Toronto Urban Journal and a fourth-year urban studies student at York University. He is the minister of publicity for the Federation of Urban Studies Students (FUSS). He's interested in issues of mobility as well as safety and security in the city. He hopes to pursue a master's in urban planning once he graduates.

Sara Ajori

Geography & Urban Studies

Sara Ajori is an Associate Editor of the Toronto Urban Journal and a fourth-year geography and urban studies student at York University. Her interest is to combine urban aspects of the ‘city’ with its architectural facets and her main concentration is to highlight the architect’s role in designing socially and environmentally sustainable spaces that fit within their surrounding environment. Sara intends on continuing her work at a graduate level.

Alvin Wong

Theatre Studies

Alvin Wong is a Theatre Studies major with a Creative Writing minor looking to earn a certificate in Urban Studies. He is interested in the interdisciplinary nature inherent in studying urban spaces and city life. With this, he hopes to create works that can combine the arts with the fieldwork of urban studies.  

Nicholas Del Prete

Geography & Urban Studies

Nicholas Del Prete is a third year Geography & Urban Studies undergraduate student and a General Member of the Federation of Urban Studies Students. His interests include transit, walkability, public space & environmental sustainability/preservation. Nicholas intends to continue exploring these themes at the graduate level