Op Eds, Essays, and Reports

Coronavirus & Cities

Brail, S., Des Rosiers, N., McGahan, A. For the arts, the show must go on after COVID-19. Policy Options. June 29, 2020.

Brail, S. Coronavirus and Engaging Cities: Towards Community Recovery. Bang the Table. June 26, 2020.

Brail, S. An opportunity to reimagine the role for platform economy firms. Policy Options. June 23, 2020.

Brail, S. and Donald, B. From Gin to Gel, why Canada’s manufacturing capacity matters. Policy Options. April 21, 2020.

Brail, S. Cities lead the charge on coronavirus front lines. The Conversation. April 2, 2020.

Digital Cities & Urban Innovation

Brail, S., Hadfield, G. and Stein, J. 2020. Governance Innovation Final Report. Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Brail, S. Cities need to innovate to improve transportation and reduce emissions. The Conversation. November 24, 2019.

Brail, S. and Donald, B. Canada left behind as ride-hailing services go global. The Conversation. September 10, 2018.

Brail, S. Smart cities and lessons from India. Policy Options. August 7, 2017.

Community & Economic Development

Brail, S. How partnerships can help cities cope with technological disruption. Policy Options. July 3, 2018.

Brail, S. What TCHC needs to do next with Regent Park. Spacing Toronto. June 25, 2018.

Brail, S. 2018. Community Engagement with the Changing City. Bang the Table.


News Media

Coronavirus & Cities

Untethered by the pandemic, urban workers consider a pastoral life, Christian Science Monitor, September 16, 2020.

Wide sidewalks key to help commercial real estate weather the pandemic, The Globe and Mail, September 8, 2020.

How will commuting change after coronavirus? Experts weigh in. Global News. June 24, 2020

Why COVID-19 has city-dwellers trying to get out of Dodge. TVO. June 18, 2020.

Coronavirus and the City: Experts share insights on COVID-19 recovery via U of T School of Cities series. U of T News. May 26, 2020.

Space is the new luxury: Could the coronavirus prompt an urban exodus in Ontario?. Global News. May 25, 2020.

Public washrooms remain closed as other services reopen. Yahoo News. May 25, 2020.

Why face masks will become the new normal in Canada. Now Toronto. May 2, 2020.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has more power after coronavirus emergency declaration. Mississauga.com. March 30, 2020.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Airbnb, Vrbo listing abound in Ontario. The Logic. April 27, 2020

Toronto’s public life all but vanishes amid COVID-19 crisis. Toronto Star. March 17, 2020.

How can Canadians quarantine from COVID-19 if they can’t afford it?. National Post. March 11, 2020.

Digital Cities & Urban Innovation

Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto’s Quayside Project, blaming COVID-19. Toronto Star. May 7, 2020.

Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto Quayside project. State Scoop. May 7, 2020.

Here’s where U of T experts stand on Sidewalk Toronto’s controversial smart city plan. The Varsity. January 12, 2020.

Academics face many challenges researching Uber, Airbnb and their ilk. University Affairs. November 25, 2019.

How Uber’s new safety features aim to stop murders, kidnappings and other crimes. Cnet. October 4, 2019.

The Alphabet of Sidewalk Labs’ plan for Toronto’s waterfront. Toronto Star. March 22, 2019.

Can a Ridehailing App be Ethical?. Vice. March 7, 2019.

City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto. The New York Times. December 29, 2017

Lyft to Begin Operations in Toronto, Its First Market Outside the U.S.. The New York Times. November 13, 2017.


Planning the future of transportation? Think sustainability, social equity, experts say. CBC News, September 25, 2020.

In the middle of a pandemic, those of us without cars are left spinning our wheels. Toronto Star. May 21, 2020.

Can we fix Toronto’s transit by 2030? With an expected population of 8 million, experts say it’s already too late. Toronto Star. March 5, 2020.

Can Innisfil, a town without its own bus service, build a transit-centred city of the future?. Toronto Star. December 8, 2019.

Toronto’s newest car-share company caters to a need for speed. CTV News. July 20, 2019.

Lyft and Uber Want to Fund Better Roads…For Lyft and Uber. Vice. April 25, 2019.

Community & Economic Development

Tanner Zipchen speaks out on former Cineplex gig, says at first all he got were Scene points. Toronto Star. February 15, 2020.

Breaking a sweat before dawn. The Toronto Observer. October 18, 2019.

U of T’s School of Cities establishes Community-Builders Fellowships in partnership with the United Way. U of T News. September 30, 2019.

Toronto land zoned for employment use is shrinking. Globe & Mail, September 25, 2018.


Radio, TV, and Podcasts

The Spark Guide to Civilization, Part One: Movement. Spark – CBC Radio. September 25, 2020.

Will COVID-19 be followed by an urban exodus?. Global News Radio. May 28, 2020.

Episode 12 – Shauna Brail. The Art of the Neighbourhood Podcast. May 23, 2020.




Sustainability in Urban Planning. University College Literary & Athletic Society, October 21, 2020.


Urban Transformation & the Pandemic: Shifting Mobility in Cities. Urban Economy Forum, October 5-6, 2020.

The Future of Cities: Urban Life and Work Beyond COVID-19. Rotman School of Management. July 15, 2020.

Will the Future of Planning Change Due to the Pandemic?. June 23, 2020.

Cities after COVID. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. June 16, 2020.

Webinar: The Social Benefits of On-demand Transit. Pantonium – Tomorrow’s Transportation Today. June 5, 2020.

The World after COVID-19. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. May 12, 2020.

How COVID-19 is affecting global supply chains?. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. April 30, 2020.