PhD Dissertation Award to Young, Honorable Mention to Tiznado-Aitken

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Dr. Mischa Young

Congratulations to Dr. Mischa Young, who has received the 2021 TGSG PhD Dissertation Award by the Transportation Geography Specialty Group (TGSG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for “What Happens when the Uber Tailpipe Smoke Clears: An Examination of the Impacts of Ride-hailing in Canada.”

Young’s PhD research at U of T was supervised by UTTRI associated faculty Professor Steven Farber.

Now a postdoctoral research fellow at University of California, Davis, Young thanks University of Toronto faculty for their support and says that he continues to build on his PhD research:

“I’d like to thank Professor Steve Farber, my supervisor, and my committee members, Professors Jonathan Hall, Matti Siemiatycki, and Ron Buliung, for their input, expertise, and for helping me understand how this research could best advance the literature.

“I hope the results from my doctoral work will improve our understanding of the many ways in which ride-hailing services may impact our cities and, in so doing, offer a practical contribution to policymakers seeking to properly regulate this service.

“Since graduating from U of T this summer [2020], I have started a postdoctoral researcher position at the University of California, Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies. In this role I am now building upon my doctoral ridehailing research and am focusing on the driver side of the equation. I am working closely with the State of California’s Air Resources Board to find ways to reduce the environmental impact of ridehailing.” – Dr. Mischa Young


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Dr. Ignacio Andrés Tiznado Aitken

Congratulations also to Dr. Ignacio Andrés Tiznado-Aitken, who was given an Honorable Mention in the 2021 TGSG PhD Dissertation Award category. His PhD thesis, “Accessibility and Affordability Impacts on Transport-Related Inequalities and Poverty: The Case of Santiago, Chile,” was supervised by Juan Carlos Munoz and Ricardo Hurtubia, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Dr. Tiznado-Aitken is a postdoctoral research fellow at Suburban Mobilities, led by by Professor Steven Farber at UTSC.

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