Shauna Brail

Director and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Innis College
Associate Director, Partnership and Outreach, School of Cities, University of Toronto


Room 308, Innis College (2 Sussex Avenue)

Shauna Brail, PhD is Director and Associate Professor, Urban Studies Program as well as Associate Director, Partnerships & Outreach, School of Cities at the University of Toronto. She is the co-Principal Investigator of a five-year Insight Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada called ‘Taking Canada for a Ride: Digital Ride-Hailing and Its Impact on Canadian Cities.’

As an economic geographer and urban planner, Brail’s research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social, and cultural change. Her current research examines the disruptions taking place in urban mobility, particularly focused on the emergence and shifting strategies of ride-hailing firms and associated impacts on cities.

She holds a BA in Urban Studies/Geography (UofT), an MA in Urban Planning (UBC), and a PhD in Geography (UofT). Brail is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and a faculty affiliate at the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute. From January – June 2019, she was Interim Director of the Master of Urban Innovation Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus and from 2015-2018, Brail was the Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University, she worked in management consulting and in the Ontario provincial government.

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