Institute for Management & Innovation
University of Toronto Mississauga
PhD, University of Toronto (Geography)
MA, University of British Columbia (Planning)
BA, University of Toronto (Urban Studies & Geography)
2020 – Present Associate Professor, Institute for Management & Innovation
2015 – 2020 (June) Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Urban Studies Program
2010 – 2015 Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies Program, Innis College
2005 – 2010 Lecturer, Urban Studies Program, Innis College
Academic Administrative Roles
2018 – June 2020 Associate Director, School of Cities, Partnerships & Outreach
2016 – June 2020 Director, Urban Studies Program
2019 – June 2019 Director, Master of Urban Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga
2015 – June 2018 Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Associate Professor Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Affiliated Faculty Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Faculty Associate University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute
2021-2026 Co-PI, University of Toronto-Hebrew University of Jerusalem Research & Training Alliance, Models of Urban Evolution, Co-PI with Dan Silver, Mark Fox, Yair Grinberger, Diego Rotman, Emily Silverman, $557,000.
2021 Co-PI, Institutional Strategic Initiatives, Innovative Mobility Lab Network, Co-PI – Steven Farber, PI – Eric Miller, $1,659,000 + $1,695,000 (matching funds).
2020 Co-Principal Applicant, Lupina Foundation, The Role of University Research in Urban Innovation, Co-PI – Shiri Breznitz, $24,000.
2019-2024 Co-Principal Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant, Taking Canada for a Ride: Digital Ride-Hailing and its Impact on Canadian Cities, Co-PI with Betsy Donald, $358,501.
2014-2019 Co-applicant, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Creating Digital Opportunity, PI – David Wolfe, $2,500,000.
2014-2015 Co-applicant, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, PI – David Hulchanski, $2,500,000.
2006-2011 Domestic Collaborator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Major Collaborative Research Initiative, Innovation Systems Research Network, Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions, Co – PIs David Wolfe and Meric Gertler, $2,500,000.
Scholarly and Professional Work
Brail, S. 2022. World cities of ride-hailing, Urban Geography, DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2020.1775030.
Li, Y., Sungur, E., Jimenez, A, and Brail, S. 2022. Covid-19, urban economic resilience and the pandemic pivot: Toronto’s restaurant scene. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 9:1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21681376.2021.2013732.
Tabascio, A. and Brail, S. 2021. Governance matters: Regulating ride hailing platforms in Canada’s largest city-regions. The Canadian Geographer, DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12705.
Brail, S. 2021. Patterns Amidst the Turmoil: COVID-19 & Cities. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, DOI: /10.1177/23998083211009638.
Brail, S. 2018. From Renegade to Regulated: The Digital Platform Economy, Ride-hailing and the Case of Toronto. Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 27(2): 51-64.
Brail, S. 2017. Promoting Innovation Locally: Municipal Regulation as Barrier or Boost. Geography Compass, 11:12, 1-12.
Brail, S. and Kumar, N. 2017. Community leadership and engagement after the mix: The transformation of Toronto’s Regent Park. Urban Studies, 54:16, 3772-3788.
Brail, S. 2016. Quantifying the value of service learning: comparison of grade achievement between service learning and non-service learning students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 28:2,148-157.
Levkoe, C., Brail, S. and Daniere, A. 2014. Engaged pedagogy and transformative learning in graduate education: a service learning case study. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44:3, 68-85.
Leslie, D., Brail, S. and Hunt, M. 2014. Crafting an antidote to Fast Fashion: The Case of Toronto’s Independent Fashion Design Sector. Growth and Change, 45:1, 222-239.
Brail, S. 2013. Experiencing the city: Urban studies students and service learning. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37:2, 241-256.
Allahwalla A., Bunce, S., Beagrie, L., Brail, S., Hawthorne, T., Levesque, S., von Mahs, J., and Spotton Visano, B. 2013. Building and sustaining community-university partnerships in marginalized urban areas. Journal of Geography, 112:2, 43-57.
Leslie, D. and Brail. S. 2011. The productive role of ‘quality of place’: a case study of fashion designers in Toronto. Environment and Planning A, Vol 43, pp. 2900-2917.
Dodman, D., Hayward, B., Pelling, M. (Coordinating Lead Authors), Castan Broto, V., Chow, W., Chu, E., Dawson, R., Khirfan, L., McPhearson, T., Prakash, A., Zheng, Y., Ziervogel, (Lead Authors), Archer, D., Bertolin, C., Brail, S. …Westman, L. (Contributing Authors). International Panel on Climate Change Working Group II, Sixth Assessment Report, Chapter 6: Cities, Settlements and Key Infrastructure, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, February 2022. https://report.ipcc.ch/ar6wg2/pdf/IPCC_AR6_WGII_FinalDraft_Chapter06.pdf
Brail, S. 2021. Ride-hailing and Canadian Cities in The Platform Economy and the Smart City: Technology and the Transformation of Urban Policy, edited by Zwick, A. and Z. Spicer. McGill Queen’s University Press.
Brail, S., Martin, M., Munasinghe, J., Ratnayake, R. and Rudner, J. 2021. Transnational Experiences of COVID-19: Transferrable Lessons for Urban Planning between the Global South and the Global NorthinGlobal Reflections on COVID-19 Urban Inequalities, edited by Doucet, B., Filion, P. and R. van Mellik. Polity Press, 145-159.
Brail, S. 2020. Unicorns, Platforms and Global Cities: The Economic Geography of Ride-hailing in Urban platforms and the future city: Transformations in infrastructure, governance, knowledge, and everyday life, edited by Hodson, M., Kasmire, J., McKeekin, A., Stehlin, J., and Ward, K. Routledge, 53-69.
Brail, S. and Vinodrai, T. 2020. The Elusive, Inclusive City: Toronto at a Crossroads in Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism: London & Toronto, edited by Bunce, S., Livingstone, N., March, L., Moore, S, and Walks, A. UCL Press.
Brail, S. and Donald, B. 2020. Digital Cities: contemporary issues in urban policy and planning in Canadian Cities in Transition, sixth edition, edited by Moos, M., Vinodrai, T. and Walker, R. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 70-86.
Brail, S. and Whalen, K. 2019. Examining the potential of experiential learning pedagogy for senior undergraduate students in Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Geography, edited by Walkington, H., Hill, J. and Dyer, S. Edward Elgar Publishing, 342-356.
Brail, S., E. Mizrokhi and S. Ralston. 2017. Examining the transformation of Regent Park, Toronto: Prioritizing hard and soft infrastructure in Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change, edited by Wise, N. and Clark, J., Routledge, 177-194.
Leslie, D., Brydges, T. and Brail. S. 2015. Qualifying aesthetic values in the experience economy: the role of independent fashion boutiques in curating slow fashion in Spatial Dynamics in the Experience Economy, edited by Lorentzen, A., Schroder, L, and K.T. Larsen. New York: Routledge, 88-102.
Leslie, D., Hunt, M. and Brail, S. 2014. Attracting and retaining artistic talent in Toronto: Cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity and inclusion in Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation, edited by Grant, J. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 59-76.
Mills, L. and Brail, S. 2002. Toronto’s New Media Cluster in the New Millennium in Knowledge, Clusters and Regional Innovation: Economic Development in Canada, edited by Wolfe, D. and Holbrook, JA. Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 135-159.
Brail, S. and Gertler, M. 1999. The Digital Regional Economy: Emergence and Evolution of Toronto’s Multimedia Cluster in Multimedia and Regional Economic Restructuring, edited by Braczyk, Fuchs and Wolf. London: Routledge Press, 97-130
Op Eds, Reports & Other
Higgins, C., Farber, S., Shalaby, A., Nurul, K., Miller, E., Brail, S., Widener, M., Diamond, S., Zhang, B. 2021. An Integrated Approach to Transit System Evolution. University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute.
Brail, S. and Donald, B. 2021. Robotic Cargo Transport: New Technologies, Novel Practices & Policy Readiness in Canada. Transport Canada, June 24.
Brail, S. 2021. How the coronavirus pandemic is changing Toronto life and business – for better or worse. The Conversation, May 3.
Brail, S. 2021. The Innovation Imperative: Why Canada needs to harness the power of the platform economy. Financial Post, March 31.
Brail, S., Heblich, S., McGahan, A. 2021. The Innovation Imperative: How the pandemic has changed the urban environment where innovation thrives. Financial Post, March 10.
Brail, S. 2021. COVID-19 driving change in Canada’s urban centres, The Hill Times, February 17.
Brail, S. 2021. Toronto, World Book Student, World Book.
Brail, S., The Delphi Group, Thomas, R.. 2020. City-Building, Intensification and COVID-19. Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Brail, S. 2020. Climate Crisis, Equitable Engagement, Inclusive Cities: Rethinking Urban Mobility. Bang the Table.
Brail, S., Des Rosiers, N., McGahan, A. 2020, June 29. For the arts, the show must go on after COVID-19. Policy Options.
Brail, S. 2020. Coronavirus and Engaging Cities: Towards Community Recovery. Bang the Table.
Brail, S., Hadfield, G. and Stein, J. 2020. Governance Innovation Final Report. Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Brail, S. 2020, June 23. An opportunity to reimagine the role for platform economy firms. Policy Options.
Donald, B. and Brail, S. 2020, April 21. From Gin to Gel, Why Canada’s Manufacturing Capacity Matters. Policy Options.
Brail, S. 2020, April 2. Cities Lead the Charge on the Coronavirus Frontlines. The Conversation.
Lobo, J., Alberti, M., Allen-Dumas, M., Arcaute, E., Barthelemy, M., Bojorquez Tapia, L., Brail, S., Bettencourt, L., Beukes, A., Chen, W., Florida, R., Gonzalez, M., Grimm, N., Hamilton, M., Kempes, C., Kontokosta, C., Mellander, C., Neal, Z., Ortman, S., Pfeiffer, D., Price, M., Revi, A., Rozenblat, C., Rybski, D., Siemiatycki, M., Shutters, S., Smith, M., Stokes, E., Strumsky, D., West, G., White, D., Wu, J., Yang, V., York, A., Youn, H. 2020. Urban Science: Integrated Theory from the First Cities to Sustainable Metropolises. Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation Research Paper.
Brail, S. 2019, November 24. Cities Need to Innovate to Improve Transportation and Reduce Emissions. The Conversation.
Brail, S. 2019. Municipal Regulation, Disruption and Public Good. In Some Thoughts… edited by Ahmed, N., Claudel, M., Ebrahim, Z., Pandolfi, C., and Wylie, B.
Brail, S. and Donald, B. 2018, September 11. Canada Left Behind as Ride-Hailing Services Go Global. The Conversation.
Brail, S. 2018, July 3. How Partnerships Can Help Cities Cope with Technological Disruption. Policy Options.
Brail, S. and Jean-Baptiste, A. 2018, June 25. What TCHC Needs to Do Next with Regent Park. Spacing.
Brail, S. 2018. Community Engagement with the Changing City. Bang the Table.
Brail, S. 2017, August 7. Smart Cities and Lessons from India. IRPP / Policy Options.
Brail, S. 2015. Student Study Guide, Canadian Cities in Transition – 5th Edition. Oxford University Press: Toronto.
Brail, S. and Daniere, A. 2013, August 4. The upside of internships. The Toronto Star.
2021 Digital Platforms, Innovation and Opportunity: What Future for Canada’s Cities? The Canada Seminar, Harvard University, November 15, 2021.
2021 The City Post-Covid: Economy, Mobility & Public Realm, Mississauga South Probus Club, March 18, 2021.
2021 Cities Post-Covid: What Does the Future Hold?, Toronto Association for Business & Economics, January 14, 2021.
2020 Taking Canada for a Ride: Digital Ride-Hailing and its Impact on Canadian Cities, Travel Modelling Group Workshop: Mobility Tools & Services, University of Toronto, February 5.
2019 Transforming Urban Mobility. Hart House Student-Alumni Dinner Series, Toronto, December 11, 2019.
2019 Transforming Urban Mobility: Ride-Hailing’s Global Reach. Presentation at Chancellor’s Reception, UofT Where You Are lecture series, Montreal, May 22.
2019 The Right to the City, University in the Community, Toronto, March 27.
2018 Transforming Urban Mobility: Ride-Hailing’s Global Reach. Presentation at UofT In Your Neighbourhood lecture series, Toronto, September 13.
2018 Transforming Urban Mobility: Ride-Hailing’s Global Reach. Presentation at Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore, July 25.
2017 Urbanization, Social Infrastructure and Smart Cities. Towards Smarter Cities from Toronto to Mumbai. Mumbai, India. May 17.
2017 From Sharing Economy to Platform Economy: Disrupting Urban Mobility. Presentation on behalf of Office of Student Recruitment, University of Toronto at Oberoi International School, Mumbai, India, May 16.
2017 The University & The City: Building a Sustainable and Inclusive Toronto. RBC Conference: The Inclusive & Sustainable City of the 21st Century: Challenges and Possibilities Facing Urban Policymakers and Institutions. University of Toronto, May 2.
2016 University-Community Partnerships, Centre for Community Partnerships Summer Institute on Service Learning, May 25.
2016 Community Engagement and the Transformation of Public Housing in Toronto: The Case of Regent Park. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 18.
2016 Learning by Example: The Case of Regent Park, Toronto, Municipality of Jerusalem, May 17.
2022 Canadian Press, The Toronto Star
2021 580 CFRA, Blog TO, CBC News, CBC Radio, CityTV, CTV News, Director Journal, Hill Times, Le Devoir, Newstalk 1010, Mississauga News, Queen’s Park Briefing, The Medium, The Pointer, The Toronto Star, University of Toronto Magazine
2020 BBC News World Service, BlogTO, CBC Radio, CJAD 800, CTV News, Canadian Press, Christian Science Monitor, Global News, Global News Radio AM640, Globe and Mail, The Logic, Mississauga News, National Post, Scoop News Group, The Toronto Star, The Varsity, TVO, Novae Res Urbis, Now Magazine, Voces Latinas CHHA 1610AM, Yahoo News Canada
2019 CBC Radio, CBC Radio – BC Today, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, CNET, CTV News, Futurithmic, ELMNT FM, Global News, Globe and Mail, Humber News, Karma Impact, Monocle24 Radio, Monocle Magazine, Novae Res Urbis, SMU Engage, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Observer, University Affairs, UofT News, Vice Media, Yahoo Finance Canada
2018 Associated Press, Canadian Press, CBC News, Monocle, Monocle Radio, Reuters, UofT News, Sidewalk Labs, Arts & Science News, Novae Res Urbis, The Toronto Star / Metro News, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Scoop News Group, The Varsity, Accessible Media Inc., Post City Magazines, CityNews, 680 Radio
2017 BBC World Business Report, The New York Times, Metro News, CBC News, CBC Cross Country Checkup, CBC On the Money, UofT News, UofT Magazine, Maclean’s Magazine, The Medium, CTV News, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Press, The Varsity Newspaper, The Varsity Magazine, University Affairs Magazine, Spacing Magazine
2016 The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Metro News, Yonge Street Magazine, UofT Magazine, UofT News, The Varsity Newspaper