CUE Post-doctoral Fellowship

                                                                  Post-doctoral Fellowship


The Centre for Urban Environment’s vision is to promote healthier and more sustainable urban environments by providing local, national, and global leadership in research, training, public engagement and policy on urban environmental issues. This includes building strong relationships with conservation authorities, NGOs, private industry and at all levels of government. It also means reaching across the borders of traditional disciplines to cultivate world class interdisciplinary scholarship at the crossroads of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and economics.

Every year, CUE is proud to provide a fully-funded, one-year post-doctoral fellowship to an emerging scholar whose work aligns with CUE’s vision. Topics of research for CUE post-docs may include: urban environmental policy, urban socio-ecology, urban anthropology (e.g., indigenous communities, culture, religion), human well-being in an urban environmental context, environmental economics of cities, the role of art in urban landscapes, as well as the study of climatology, environmental science, behavior, ecosystems, ecology and evolutionary biology in an urban context. The focus of post-doctoral fellowships alternates between the social sciences/humanities and the natural sciences each year, although interdisciplinary applications are especially encouraged.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside leading voices in urban environmental research and enjoy the resources and opportunities of Canada’s premier university. In addition to conducting original research, CUE post-docs are expected to contribute to CUE’s broader mission, which may include giving academic and public lectures, hosting seminar speakers, and organizing workshops at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The total value of the post-doctoral fellowship is $45,000 CDN ($40,000 stipend + $5,000 benefits) (additional research funds may be provided by supervisors). Interested individuals are encouraged to consult the formal application requirements and ensure all necessary documentation is included in their application. Applicants may also review current and past post-docs to get a sense of the work currently being done at CUE. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.


Current Postdocs

Chance Finegan, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary, American-Canadian scholar and educator. His work is generally concerned with understanding how strong relationships between protected areas and Indigenous peoples can contribute to Indigenous resurgence and improved conservation outcomes. Chance’s fellowship at CUE began in September 2019. Bridging their mutual interested in protected areas, he is working with Andrea Olive to understand how urban parks can support and create safe space for urban, off-reserve Indigenous peoples’ identities and cultural practices.

Dr. Hossam Abdel Hafez began his fellowship at the Centre for Urban Environments in October 2018. Working alongside professors Helene Wagner and Tenley Conway, Dr. Hafez has collaborated extensively with the Government of Alberta and the Credit Valley Conservation Authority to build connectivity models to understand how urbanization and other forms of anthropogenic disturbance affect the movement of plants and animals. His results have the potential to inform policy and planning on how to develop cities in the future and how to facilitate the conservation of existing communities.