About UofT’s Urban Expertise:
Cities@UofT showcases the depth and breadth of our urban scholarship throughout each of these realms and more.
Our urban research community includes a multitude of scholars, research labs and institutes.
More than 220 faculty members and researchers at the University of Toronto are engaged in cities-focused research and teaching.
Urban research takes place at each of our three campuses, in areas such as architecture, arts & science, education, law, medicine, public health, and social work, which can be found in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Faculty of Arts and Science, OISE, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.
Examples of research centres include:
- Centre for Urban Health Solutions
- Global Cities Institute
- Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory,
- Martin Prosperity Institute
- Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership
- University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute
- Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership
UofT offers degree programs related to urban issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Applied Science & Engineering, Architecture, Landscape, and Design, City Studies, Education, Forestry, Geography & Planning, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Urban Studies – and more. In the Faculty of Arts & Science alone, there are more than 175 undergraduate courses that consider their subject matter through an urban lens.
Each year, thousands of undergraduate University of Toronto students learn and contribute to our city-region through community engaged learning, professional internships, and volunteer efforts that support, for example:
- Grassroots community-building,
- Engineering design solutions to address local problems,
- Harm reduction efforts,
- Assessments of bike lanes and transportation systems.
Hundreds of our graduate students are enrolled in professional programs and participate in internships, including in the following programs:
- Cities Engineering and Management,
- Global Affairs,
- Management of Innovation,
- Public Health, and
- Public Policy
Our three Toronto-region campuses are stimulating and energizing places where critical conversations take place on topics that range from challenging questions about race, inclusivity and equity; drawing connections between income, neighbourhood and health; and the relationship between climate change and prospects for urban prosperity.
Public events are held throughout the year including book launches, debates, film screenings, keynote speakers and panel discussions.
The University of Toronto does its part to promote positive city-building through:
- Creation of pedestrianized and public spaces
- Respectful retrofitting of heritage buildings
- Design and construction of new energy efficient buildings
- Creation of gathering spaces for students, faculty and community members.