Her work engages with these broader questions: How do we create more just cities? What does equitable development look like? She examines issues of housing affordability, evictions, gentrification and displacement, and the planning mechanisms that can be employed to address spatialized inequities, such as the use of value capture tools (e.g., inclusionary zoning). Her interest in studying gentrification and displacement is grounded in how these processes help shape the housing affordability landscape. Current research focuses on: (1) investigating the role of evictions in urban displacement processes in Toronto; and (2) evaluating the effectiveness of value capture tools to generate new affordable housing. Her past research investigated the social and housing impacts of regeneration initiatives in Detroit using a mixed methods approach.
She has taught undergraduate and graduate urban planning and policy courses at the University of Toronto and the courses she will teach at UF include: the Doctoral Core 3 course on academic writing for publication and URP 6745: Housing, Public Policy and Planning.
She received a Ph.D. in Planning and a Master of Science in Planning (MScPl) from the University of Toronto, while also completing her undergraduate degree at Concordia University, where her studies focused on journalism. She has also worked as a planning consultant on several community improvement plans, cultural plans and economic development strategies in small and mid-sized cities in Canada.