Shauna Brail

Associate Professor, Innis College
Director, Urban Studies Program


Shauna Brail, PhD is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, the director of the Urban Studies Program, and the Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement at the University of Toronto. Her research lies broadly in economic geography with a focus on the social, cultural and economic changes associated with the shifting strengths of cities; her secondary research focus relates to pedagogy and learning outside the classroom. In addition, she develops and manages relationships with multiple organizations and stakeholders as part of the Urban Studies Program’s experiential learning initiatives. As part of her teaching, and through the incorporation of experiential learning initiatives, she has placed more than 500 UofT undergraduate students in internships and service learning placements at urban-focused organizations across the city over the past ten years.

Selected Publications:

Leslie, D., Brail, S. and Hunt, M. 2014. Crafting an antidote to Fast Fashion: The Case of Toronto’s Independent Fashion Design Sector. Growth and Change, 45:1, 222-239.

Leslie, D., Hunt, M. and S. Brail. 2014. Attracting and retaining artistic talent in Toronto: Cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity and inclusion. In Grant, J. (ed.) Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 59-76.

Brail, S. 2013. Experiencing the city: Urban studies students and service learning. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37:2, 241-256.

Leslie, D. and Brail. S. 2011. The productive role of ‘quality of place’: a case study of fashion designers in Toronto. Environment and Planning A, Vol 43, pp. 2900-2917.

Brail, S. and M. Gertler. 1999. “The Digital Regional Economy: Emergence and Evolution of Toronto’s Multimedia Cluster” in Multimedia and Regional Economic Restructuring, edited by Braczyk, Fuchs and Wolf. London: Routledge Press.


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