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PhD Candidate, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Waterloo

Robin Mazumder is an environmental neuroscientist with a keen interest in understanding how living in cities impacts well-being. His PhD research, funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, used wearable technology in real and immersive virtual reality settings to examine psychological and physiological responses to the urban built environment. His research interests are informed by his clinical experience working as a mental health occupational therapist in the urban cores of Canadian cities, including Toronto and Edmonton. Working with individuals with mental illnesses in urban environments provoked curiosity into how different settings, from busy streets to parks, inhibited or supported wellbeing. Robin’s hands-on clinical experience, in conjunction with his training in urban neuroscience, uniquely positions him to collaborate with scientists, practitioners, policy makers, and the public to create healthy urban environments. In addition to his research, Robin is an outspoken advocate for urban design that supports wellbeing, and has given more than 30 keynotes internationally on the topic. He is also passionate about science communication and has been interviewed by and written for major media publications, including the BBC, CBC, Huffington Post and Wired Magazine.


  • 2016–2020
    Vanier Scholar/ Doctoral Student, University of Waterloo