Raktim Mitra, PhD

C O - D I R E C T O R

Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

AREAS OF INTEREST: Neighbourhood environment- transportation- health interaction; Walking and cycling; Complete communities; Children’s mobility and wellbeing; Millennial travel behaviour.

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Matthias Sweet, PhD

C O - D I R E C T O R

Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

AREAS OF INTEREST: Travel demand and congestion management, Transportation and society, Big Data, Autonomous cars, Transportation and urban growth.

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The Team

Attiya Haseeb

My professional experience in the field of urban planning involves teaching the planning courses in a university and working with urban and environmental planning consultants. Travel behaviour of people and its implications towards promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly cities has been a primary focus of my studies throughout my professional and academic career. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D studies under the supervision of Dr. Raktim Mitra with a motivation to explore this area further

Sara Cullen

As a Master of Planning student, I have an interest in the human aspect of geography and the relationship between transportation systems and equity. These interests led me to work with Dr. Mitra on the introduction of shared e-scooters in suburban contexts in the GTHA. I received a MITACs Accelerate grant to intern with the City of Brampton during the first season of their shared e-scooter pilot. Work I completed with the City will contribute to a larger study of suburban e-scooter trips and riders that will provide insight about shared micro mobility to municipal planners. Under the supervision of Dr. Mitra, I am currently completing research on the equity implications of the spatial distribution of shared e-scooters in suburban contexts.

Tess Petermen

I am a Master of Planning student passionate about creating healthy, active communities and encouraging individuals to be active for life. I am interested in how transportation systems can affect an individual’s health and well-being. I am currently working with Dr. Mitra to research the relationship between transportation accessibility, trip satisfaction, and subjective well-being in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Yichun Du

My academic background includes training in urban planning and spatial analysis, and my research focuses on applying quantitative methods to address key issues in transportation geography and urban planning. Drawing on my expertise, I engage in spatial analysis using GIS to examine phenomena from a geographical perspective. I am passionate about contributing to the understanding of urban transportation systems through rigorous research and analysis. My PhD research, under the supervision of Dr. Raktim Mitra, aims to explore the dynamic interplay between cycling infrastructure developments, travel behaviour changes, and considerations of transportation equity, particularly within the context of post-pandemic Canada.

Remington Latanville

I am a PhD student in the Policy Studies program in the Social Policy stream with a specialization in Urban Policy. I come from an interdisciplinary background of business and criminology with a sustained focus on power disparities which negatively impact the lower socioeconomic class. In my masters, my research focused on policies which would promote more equitable urban housing markets in Canada. My current research is led by Dr. Mitra and examines Canadian active transportation planning during and post-pandemic with a specific focus on street reallocation initiatives. In my PhD studies, I am interested in expanding the body of knowledge on the widespread victimization of pedestrians as vulnerable road users. In particular, I aim to explore the urban design issues which impede pedestrian well-being, as well as the responsibilization of vehicle operators and vehicle manufacturers.

Nico Zucco

My passion for transportation and mobility stems from taking transit and cycling when living in different Canadian cities and noticing how they offered a vastly different experience. Transportation is much more than simply moving someone from point A to point B. It intersects with housing, the local economy, equity, environmental sustainability and resilience, physical and mental wellbeing. I am passionate about how transportation relates to these systems and how people in cities experience them. As a cyclist and transit user, I am also interested in how transportation infrastructure projects impact the people in the communities they are transforming. As a coordinator with TransForm, I am continuing the work to help strengthen the lab’s research and branding by making it visually compelling, easy to access, and engaging.

Alumni

Peter MALONEY

Vanessa CIPRIANI

Kumar PARVESH

Micha GUTMANIS

Sarah GIACOMANTONIO

Daniel KOGAN

Anne BENAROYA

avet KHACHATRYAN

sukhjeet KAHLON

andrew ROBERTSON

Joseph PEACE

Patrick YUTIGA

Zainab ABASSI

Christina BOROWIEC

Ian CANTELLO

Sarin CHEMILIAN

Elyse COMEAU

Cate FLANAGAN

Alex GAIO

Matthew GRAYSTONE

Greggory HANSON

Graham HENDREN

Catherine HUYNH

Victoria KAATZ

Kailey LAIDLAW

Davin McCULLY

Tamara NAHAL

Sean NASH

Michael NIEZGODA

Tyler OLSEN

Christina PELOPIDAS

Niranjan RAJEVAN

Michelle ROWLAND

Sadaf SHAHID

Hong Yun (Eva) SHI

Ryan TAYLOR

Danya TUGG