UCL Global


Shaping and Connecting Global Cities

26 September 2019, 4:15 pm–7:00 pm


UCL and University of Toronto (U of T) are co-hosting an event to celebrate their Strategic Global Partnership. It will focus on how research is a critical component of city building, in particular the issues planners, policy makers and citizens need to be thinking about now in order to build the cities of the future.

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Rachel Hall

Panellists will draw on examples from both London and Toronto, and demonstrate the important role global academic networks play in addressing pressing urban issues. Among the research discussed will be public perceptions of and reasons for infrastructure project delays such as the UK’s Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Toronto’s Union Station revitalization and how these can be better addressed.

UCL and U of T have shared priorities in many areas, including city building and internationalization. By jointly funding collaborative research projects, we aim to accelerate our understanding of pressing issues, which in urban studies includes affordable housing, supporting successful urban neighbourhood in London and Toronto and best practices for tower block refurbishment.

Panellists will include:

  • Professor Matti Siemiatycki, Interim Director, UofT School of Cities
  • Professor Mike Raco, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
  • Dr Susan Moore, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
  • Dr Clare Melhuish, Director of UCL Urban Lab

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A followed by a networking reception.


16.15 – 16.30 Opening remarks from Dame Nicola Brewer, UCL Vice Provost (International), Professor Ted Sargent, UofT Vice President (International) and Kevin McGurgan, HM Consul General and Director-General for UK Trade and Investment in Toronto

16.30 – 17.30 ‘Shaping and connecting global cities’ panel discussion

17.30 – 18.00 Q&A

18.00 – 19.00 Drinks reception