Meet IMFG's Current Fellowship Winners
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IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2021-22 Award Winner

Hsi-Chuan (Andrew) Wang is the 2021-2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He received a Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism from Washington University in St. Louis. His area of interest includes spatial inequality through different perspectives, scales, and themes to interpret how they may affect the broader pursuit of urban sustainability. He engages with three research directions: (1) assessing the metabolisms and quality of life in cities in an era of globalization, (2) comparing the models of informal settlement planning in the Global South, and (3) evaluating the impacts of settlement interventions on marginalized groups and the urban future in the Global North. At IMFG, he will study the fiscal health of Accra, Ghana, to map out the challenges of settlement improvements. He looks forward to developing comparative case studies of settlement planning in Latin America. He was a professional urban planner in the Urban Development Bureau of Kaohsiung City, focusing on brownfield redevelopment and urban renewal.


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IMFG Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

2021-22 Award Winner

Shervin Ghaem-Maghami is the recipient of the 2021–22 Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Shervin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. His prior professional experience includes various positions with the Government of Ontario, as well as roles in municipal government and in the private and non-profit sectors. Shervin's research interests centre on public participation in urban planning practice and newcomer relocation and settlement in the Greater Toronto Area.


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The Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

2021-22 Award Winner

Fernando Calderón Figueroa is the recipient of the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance. He is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto. Before joining U of T, Fernando worked developing policy-oriented data on political engagement, local communities, and indigenous peoples for the Peruvian government. He currently studies the relationship between the built infrastructure of cities and social solidarity. His main interests are urban and political sociology, social policy, and quantitative and computational methods.

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