Graduate Student Research Award

Graduate Student Research Award

 Apply by October 20, 2022 | long exposure of traffic passing through downtown Missisauga

UTM-MN opens applications for 2022-2023 Graduate Research Award

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The Mobility Network at the University of Toronto Mississauga is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022-2023 Graduate Research Award.

The Mobility Network, an Institutional Strategic Initiative, allocates stipends of $5,000 to graduate students undertaking research that contributes to the Mobility Network’s mission. To be eligible, research projects must be supervised by a University of Toronto Mississauga faculty member.

This funding is provided on a competitive basis, with a total of two to four awards provided
annually based on academic excellence, research experience and the fit between a student’s
proposed project and the Mobility Network’s mission to find mobility solutions that serve
people’s well-being, the planet’s future, and the potential of our growing cities to flourish
equitably, sustainably and productively.

Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Awards will be announced in November 2022. The award period is expected to cover research conducted between November 2022 and August 2023.

For potential student advisors, please see the list of UTM Mobility Network members below.
Other UTM faculty members who are interested in becoming members of the Mobility Network are welcome to participate as supervisors.

UTM-MN faculty

  • Matthew Adams, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Assistant Professor
  • Naomi Adiv, Political Science, Assistant Professor
  • Shauna Brail, Institute for Management & Innovation, Associate Professor
  • Ron N. Buliung, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Professor
  • Beth Coleman, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, Associate Professor
  • Tracey Galloway, Anthropology, Assistant Professor
  • Tanjim Hossain, Management, Professor
  • Marc Johnson, Biology, Associate Professor
  • Shashi Kant, Institute of Management & Innovation, Professor
  • Stephen Scharper, Anthropology, Associate Professor
  • Florian Shkurti, Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Assistant Professor
  • Soo Min Toh, Institute for Management & Innovation, Professor
  • Tara Vinodrai, Institute for Management & Innovation, Associate Professor
  • Alan Walks, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Associate Professor
  • Jue Wang, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Assistant Professor
  • Anthony Wensley, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, Associate Professor
  • David A. Wolfe, Political Science, Professor

Application information

Applications will be evaluated based on academic excellence and future research promise (50% weighting), and the fit of the research proposal to the Mobility Network’s goal of supporting interdisciplinary mobility research that addresses equity and promotes sustainable and just urban growth and prosperity (50%).


Students eligible for this award will be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Toronto, working under the research supervision of a University of Toronto Mississauga faculty member.

Conditions of Award

  • Submit a written project report and deliver a research presentation (either at MN, UTM-MN or UTM research).
  • Participate in MN research network activities.
  • Acknowledge Mobility Network funding and affiliation in any publications, presentations or reports stemming from grant-funded work.

Materials to be submitted by applicant

  • Research Statement: A maximum 2-page (single-spaced, 12-point font) statement that includes the following:
    • i. Introduce research topic.
    • ii. Why is this topic / question important to the overall study of mobility? How will the research be conducted? Is this research being conducted as part of your graduate thesis?
    • iii. Briefly describe proposed research methods.
    • iv. Summarize why EDI matters to the proposed research and briefly explain how the proposed research considers and approaches EDI.
    • v. Identify the key research tasks and activities that you plan to undertake, including a timeline.
    • vi. Context: Is this research being conducted as part of your graduate work? What other sources of research funding (if any) do you currently hold? (Note that the Graduate Research Award provides a stipend to the award holder).
  • CV outlining work, volunteer and extra-curricular experience and activities.
  • Unofficial transcripts.

Material to be submitted by applicant’s faculty supervisor

  • Request a 1-2 paragraph letter of recommendation from your faculty supervisor that includes an assessment of both the proposed research and future research promise. For supervisors supporting more than one award application, a ranking should be provided.

How to apply

To apply for the UTM-MN Graduate Research Award, email all application materials to with the subject line “UTM-MN 2022/2023 Graduate Research Award” before 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2022.


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The Mobility Network at the University of Toronto Mississauga congratulates the following inaugural recipients of the Graduate Student Research Award (Spring 2022)

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Hanlin Zhou

Walkability Assessment Using Street View Imagery

Hanlin Zhou, is a second-year PhD student in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment. Hanlin Zhou’s research interest is in linking GIS, RS, and CS techniques or data to human activities, such as health behavior, crime problems, and economic issues. Zhou’s research project for the Mobility Network focuses on quantifying the walkability of the micro-built environment (measured by the street view imagery) at a city-wide scale.

Emily Power

Demanding Justice in Transit Planning: A case study of Light Rail Transit Gentrification in Hamilton

Emily Power is a student in the Master of Science in Planning Program in the Department of Geography and Planning. Power’s research interests include planning and social justice, gentrification, financialization of housing, and tenant struggles. Her project for the Mobility Network analyzes transit-induced gentrification and displacement resulting from light rail transit planning in Hamilton, with a focus on the working-class Afro-Caribbean neighbourhoods along the route. This research draws upon Power’s experience as a tenant in the Gibson neighbourhood, living one block south of the proposed LRT, and involvement in King Street Tenants United, a group of tenants fighting back against eviction and demolition of their homes by Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton.

Haifa AlArasi

Grounded mappings of adolescents’ non-school mobility in Mississauga, Ontario

Haifa AlArasi is a Planning PhD candidate focusing on digital ethnographic explorations in reproductions of childhoods and cities. AlArasi’s research examines questions related to practices that are embedded in the environment, the social, and the material. Using grounded spatial visualizations, AlArasi attempts to broaden constructions of marginalized bodies and their associated experiences. Under the Mobility Network, AlArasi will focus on examining fleeting visual narratives of travel produced by newcomer immigrant adolescents that fall under acts of appropriations of claiming the (sub)urban as a legitimate site of childhood.

Sophie Roussy

Spatial associations between marginalization, ambient benzene pollution, and health outcomes: An investigation of environmental inequality across Etobicoke-York, Toronto, Canada

Sophie Roussy is a student at the Master of Science in Physical Geography, Environment and Health Collaborative Specialization. Roussy’s research focuses on the intersection of transportation-related air pollution (TRAP), marginalization, human exposure, including its equitable distribution, and health outcomes. Specifically, Roussy's research uses spatial interpolation techniques to model the spatial distribution of TRAP, with a specific focus on ambient benzene pollution, across Etobicoke-York, Toronto. The research employs spatial analysis techniques, statistical models, and established dose-response relationships of the air pollutants to health outcomes to examine associations between level of marginalization and disparities in human exposure to TRAP and subsequent health risks, thereby identifying environmentally-driven health disparities across Etobicoke-York.