Shauna Brail is Director and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Urban Studies Program, Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, and a Senior Associate in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She holds a BA in Urban Studies/Geography (UofT), an MA in Urban Planning (UBC), and a PhD in Geography (UofT).
Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked in management consulting and as a senior policy advisor to the Ontario provincial government. As an economic geographer, her research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social and cultural change. She has led the development of academic internships and community engaged learning in the Urban Studies Program for over a decade, working with students, university administrators and partners at urban-focused organizations across the city.