Gurveer Bains

Gurveer Bains
PhD Student

Contact: gurveer.bains@mail.utoronto.ca / @Gurveer_Bains
Supervisor: Dr. Kathi Wilson
Hometown: Etobicoke, ON

ABOUT ME

Education

  • PhD (in progress) at the University of Toronto, 2015 – present
  • MA completed at Queen’s University at Kingston, 2015
  • HBSc completed at the University of Toronto-Mississauga, 2013

Research and Professional Interests

Gurveer Bains is a current PhD Student in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Her research interests primarily focus on the intersections of migration, geography, and health. She is also a part of the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Junior Fellow at Massey College. Gurveer previously completed her Honours Bachelor of Science, Graduated with Distinction and Valedictorian for the Class of 2013, at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. She obtained her Master of Arts degree from Queen’s University at Kingston, her thesis was entitled “Mixing health and geography: A study of risks associated with cardiovascular disease for the Punjabi Sikh population in the Regional Municipality of Peel”.

Her research interests include public health policy, disease management, and understanding the links between population health and chronic diseases within an ever-changing health landscape.

Why Geography at UTM?

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto-Mississauga and thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Given my prior experiences at the university, including working with Dr. Wilson as an undergraduate student, and my research area within the GTA, UTM was the perfect fit!

Honours and Awards

  • 2016-present Faculty of Arts & Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2016-present Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health Fellowship
  • 2016-present Massey College Junior Fellowship
  • 2015-2016 Department of Geography and Programme in Planning Research Fellowship
  • 2015-2016 University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) – Stipend, Tuition & Top-up Awards
  • 2015 Ontario Khalsa Darbar Community Award
  • 2014-2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2014 Ontario Service Award
  • 2013-2014 Queen’s University Graduate Entrance Tuition Award (GETA)
  • 2013 University of Toronto- Mississauga (UTM) Undergraduate Class of 2013 Valedictorian
  • 2013 University of Toronto Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
  • 2013 University of Toronto-Mississauga Principal’s Involvement Award
  • 2012 University of Toronto Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowship

Publications and Presentations

Master’s thesis:

  • Bains, G., A., Hossain, E. Laverge, C. Ramirez, M. Sayedi (2017). Food Storage in Rural Energy Poor Areas of Bangladesh – Creating the ColdBox. Report for the University of Toronto & the University of Asia Pacific in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Community reports:

  • Bains, G., A., Hossain, E. Laverge, C. Ramirez, M. Sayedi (2017). Food Storage in Rural Energy Poor Areas of Bangladesh – Creating the ColdBox. Report for the University of Toronto & the University of Asia Pacific in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Bains, G., S. Massot & R. Jacobs (2016). “Creating Health Plus – 2015-2016”. Report for Toronto Public Health – Food Strategies Team, City of Toronto.

Teaching Guide:

  • Bains, G., J. White & A. Ifrah (2017). “Fire at Sea” Teaching Guide and Resource list to accompany undergraduate global health courses at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health.