Shervin Ghaem-Maghami

Shervin Ghaem-Maghami is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His research centres on the intersection of immigration and community engagement in urban planning processes, with a focus on facilitating the integration of newcomers by fostering their inclusion in local collective decision-making. His doctoral work explores how municipal planners in the Greater Toronto Area are meaningfully incorporating immigrants into planning processes, how these processes need to evolve in order to best accommodate newcomers’ unique strengths and adapt to their particular needs, and how the engagement of immigrant populations in these types of public participation exercises can both facilitate their socio-economic integration and result in more effective and just decision-making outcomes. Shervin holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. His prior professional experience includes positions in various ministries at the Government of Ontario as well as roles in local government, civil society, and the private sector.