IMFG's Past Fellowship Winners

IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2017-18 Award Winner

The recipient of the Post-Doctoral fellowship in 2017-18 was Matthew Lesch. Matthew has a PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research examined public transit referenda in Los Angeles and Metro Vancouver.

2016-17 Award Winner

The recipient of the Post-Doctoral fellowship in 2016-17 was Gustavo Carvalho. Gustavo has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in International Relations from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a law degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research compared different climate financing instruments that can be applied by Toronto and other Canadian cities to help fund climate mitigation and climate adaptation projects.

2015-16 Award Winner
The recipient of the Post-Doctoral fellowship in 2015-16 was Abigail Friendly. Abigail has a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation was called “Implementing Progressive Planning in Brazil: Understanding the Gap between Rhetoric and Practice.”

2014-15 Award Winner

The recipient of the Post-Doctoral fellowship in 2014-15 was Bharat Punjabi. Bharat completed his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario, in London. His dissertation was on “Canal Bureaucracy: Institutions and the Politics of Inter-sectoral Water Competition in the Mumbai Region.”

2013-14 Award Winner

The recipient of the IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2013-14 was Zachary Spicer. Dr. Spicer received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2013, from the University of Western Ontario, and his Master’s in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. His research explored the use of inter-municipal agreements within metropolitan areas in Canada.

2012-13 Award Winner

The recipient of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2012-13 was Kyle Hanniman. Kyle completed his Ph.D. and has an MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on subnational borrowing.

2011-12 Award Winner

The IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2011-12 was awarded to Aaron A. Moore. Dr. Moore received his Doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2009. He extended his current research into city planners’ influence on planning policy and the politics of urban development.

IMFG Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

2017-18 Award Winner

Vanessa van den Boogaard was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance. Her research explored the incidence and implications of sub-national informal taxation in conflict-affected states.

2016-17 Award Winner

The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2016-17 was awarded to Austin Zwick. He was a Ph.D. Candidate in Planning in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His fellowship research analyzed how fracking has affected municipal governments' revenues and expenditures in the American Rust Belt.

2015-16 Award Winner

Zachary Lewsen was the recipient of IMFG’s Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance in 2015-16. He was a Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. His research for IMFG focused on financial equalization in the Greater Detroit Area.

2014-15 Award Winner

The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2014-15 was awarded to Robert Scherf. Robert was a Master’s student at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. He was interested in investigating matters that impact the fiscal health of municipalities, where systemic problems are contributing to ongoing budgetary shortfalls, including the rising cost of emergency services.

2013-14 Award Winner

The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2013-14 was awarded to Andrew Do. Andrew was a Master’s student in the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. He was interested in investigating the impact of Toronto’s recent Open Data initiatives on Toronto’s municipal governance.

2012-13 Award Winner

The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance was awarded to Jack Lucas. Jack was a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. In his doctoral research, Jack investigated the history of local special purpose bodies in Ontario with a focus on processes of institutional change.

2011-12 Award Winner

The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2011-12 was awarded to Lesley Herstein. Lesley was doing her doctoral research in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

2010-11 Award Winner

The IMFG Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2010-11 was awarded to Cayley Burgess. Cayley was a Master's student at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto.

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

2017-18 Award Winner

Matthew Walshe was awarded the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2017-2018. He was a PhD student in the Department of Economics, University of Toronto. 

2016-17 Award Winner

The Blanche and Sandy van Ginkel Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2016-17 was awarded to Lauren Birch. She holds Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. Her research for IMFG focused on transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  

2015-16 Award Winner

Jacqueline Peterson was the recipient of IMFG’s Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance. She was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

2014-15 Award Winner

The Blanche and Sandy van Ginkel Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2014-15 was awarded to David Marshall. David was a Juris Doctor and Master’s student at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto.  He was interested in researching innovative ways of  financing and building essential infrastructure for health and education, particularly through public-private partnerships.

2013-14 Award Winner

The Blanche and Sandy van Ginkel Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2013-14 was awarded to Daniella Davila Aquije. Daniella was a Master’s student in the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. 

2012-13 Award Winner

The Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2012-13 was awarded to Brenna Keatinge. Brenna was a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research focused on the role of civic engagement in processes of municipal governance in Toronto by way of contentious land use cases brought to legal forums such as the Ontario Municipal Board and Toronto Licensing Tribunal. 

2011-12 Award Winner

The Blanche and Sandy van Ginkel Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2011-12 was awarded to Scott Sams. Scott was in his fourth year as a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto.

2010-11 Award Winner

The 2010-11 Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance was awarded to Gabriel Eidelman. Gabriel was a Ph.D. candidate in the collaborative program in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

2009-10 Award Winner

The 2009-10 inaugural Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Zack Taylor. Zack was a doctoral candidate in the department of Political Science, and a registered professional planner. His research focused on the post-war emergence of city-region governance and land use planning in Canada and the United States, with a focus on four cases: Toronto, Vancouver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Portland regions. 

The Alan Broadbent Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

2009-10 Award Winner

The 2009-10 Alan Broadbent Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Adam Found. Adam was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. Adam’s resesarch focused on economies of scale in Ontario’s amalgamated municipalities. 

2008-09 Award Winner

The 2008-09 winner of the Broadbent award was André Côté, a Master’s student with the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. André’s research focused on the City of Toronto, a decade after amalgamation.His paper examined the maturity of the City, in terms of governance, service delivery, and leadership. 

2007-08 Award Winner

The 2007-08 winner of the Broadbent award was Robert Ramsay, a doctoral candidate in the department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Robert’s research topic, “The City Takes to the Air,” focused on the planning, financing, and implementation of municipal wireless projects across North America, with a focus on Philadelphia and Toronto. 

2006-07 Award Winner

The 2006-07 winner of the Broadbent award was Jen Nelles, a doctoral candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Jen’s research explored the effectiveness of city-region governance, with a focus on lessons from regional governance in Germany. 

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