Jill Lang

Jill is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include social equity, universal accessibility, and policy planning. She is currently examining the link between the arts and community revitalization for her Masters Research topic. Jill holds a BA in psychology from the University of Alberta.


Ghazal Lotfi

Ghazal is pursuing her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Alberta. During her undergraduate degree, she researched oxidant production by urban road dust to better understand its photoreactive behaviour. Her research interests include transportation, land-use, environmental, and community planning. Ghazal is currently involved in the research investigating the variation of urban heat islands with land-use changes in Edmonton neighbourhoods.”

Shaival Gajjar

Shaival is an Urban Planner with over three years of experience in consultancy as well as the research sector. His research interests include studying active transportation, land-use and zoning, and municipal annexations. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in Urban & Regional Planning where he did a comparative study of Municipal Annexations in Alberta and British Columbia for his master’s Major Research Project. He earned his Bachelor of Planning degree from CEPT University, India, where he studied the rationale of people not using BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) in Ahmedabad for his final thesis.

Debadutta Parida

Debadutta is a Ph.D. student in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Alberta. Debadutta has over three years of experience teaching undergraduate students of Architecture in India, and nearly two years of architectural practice in India. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture from College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India in 2010; and Master of Urban and Rural Planning from IIT Roorkee in 2014. He is a recipient of the Honorary Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst(DAAD) Scholarship in 2013-2014 wherein he carried out work as a researcher in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. His research focuses on the evolving policy and regulatory framework to build community resilience in Indian cities. His research interests also include climate-based adaptation, affordable housing and risk-based approaches to planning.


Pradeep Sangapala

Pradeep is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. He studies the intersection of colonialism, nationalism, and planning in regard to the planning and making of the first town in postcolonial Sri Lanka, i.e., the New Town Anuradhapura of 1949. He has been teaching introduction to human geography and planning to the undergraduate students at the University of Alberta. He has degrees from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and Ball State University, USA, and also participated in CapAsia, Asia-based field semesters, in India and Nepal.

Hayley Wasylycia

Hayley is a student in the BA Urban & Regional Planning Program at the University of Alberta who began working in the Urban Environment observatory in early 2018 as a research assistant. She is very interested in policy, sustainable development, and the impact of planning on social inequalities. Hayley has previously worked at Sturgeon County as a Planning intern, where she conducted research to inform policy on best municipal practices for cannabis legalization.