Who we are

Headshot of Gabriel Eidelman against a colourful mural
Founder & Director

Gabriel Eidelman is founder and director of the Urban Policy Lab, and Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, where he teaches classes on urban governance and public policy. His research focuses on cities and urban governance in North America, and has been published in the journals CitiesUrban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. For more information, visit his personal website.

Urban Policy Lab case competition


Our student leadership team, comprised of second-year Master of Public Policy and Master of Global Affairs students participate in unique experiential learning opportunities and coordinate the Lab's extracurricular programming. The Lab also employs Munk students as research assistants and project coordinators who contribute to our research and civic education projects.


Nearly half of Munk School graduates go on to work in policy roles related to cities. Many have risen to senior positions in the field. The Lab works closely with these graduates as well as two dozen other Munk alumni who have contributed to Lab programming in various ways, including supervising student placements, facilitating skills workshops, participating in networking events, or taking part in our mentorship program.

Urban Policy Lab speed networking event
Zahra Ebrahim speaking to students at the Urban Policy Lab


The Lab works closely with faculty members from across the Munk School and the University of Toronto with research expertise and professional experience in a wide range of urban policy issues, including municipal affairs, governance, finance, housing, transportation, infrastructure, innovation, regional economic development, property law, and poverty.


The Lab collaborates with a range of academic, government, and community partners, including: the City of Toronto; Canadian Urban Institute; Pembina Institute; CivicAction; Evergreen; Toronto Region Board of Trade; Canadian Black Policy Network; and the Canadian Municipal Barometer.

Urban Policy Lablicy Conference hosted by Urban Policy Lab