Associate Professor, Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto

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.


  • 2010–present
    Associate professor, University of Toronto