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Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Phone: (416) 287-7313
Location: HL542


"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind", Khalil Gibran.

I am originally from Germany and received my MA from the Free University Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) and my PhD from York University in Toronto. I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Germany and Canada on topics including welfare state analysis, employment and social policy, city politics, urban planning, and community-based research. I volunteer in the local non-profit sector by serving as a steering committee member of a large community organization in Scarborough.
As a critical urban policy analyst, my research focuses on comparative urban and regional governance, urban public policy, community development and urban social change, as well as migration and multiculturalism in the broader historical context of state and economic restructuring. Recently, I have begun to engage in more pedagogically-oriented research around questions of community-based research, place-based education, and youth engagement in planning.


  • Association of American Geographers
  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA)

Teaching Interests


  • Canadian Cities and Planning
  • Foundations of City Studies
  • Urban Communities and Neighbourhoods Case Study: East Scarborough
  • Urban Social Policy
  • City Issues and Strategies
  • Oral History and Urban Change
  • Contested Boundaries Immigration Citizenship and Multiculturalism in Germany and Europe (offered through Woodsworth College as part of the University’s Summer Abroad program)

Research Interests


  • Public policy and cities
  • Urban social policy and planning
  • Community-engaged learning in geograpy and urban studies
  • Youth engagement

Awards & Grants

  • 2015 Centre for Teaching and Learning (UTSC), Service Learning Grant ($2,450)
  • 2014-2015 Legacy Fund The Stories of UTSC: 1964-2014. ($20,000, with C. Berkowitz, C. Guberman and Adon Irani)
  • 2013-2014 Teaching Enhancement Grant (Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTSC)
  • 2010-2011 Teaching Assessment Grant (Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTSC)
  • 2007-2008 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2005 Teaching Fellow – John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies Berlin
  • 2002-2004 Government of Canada Award (International Council of Canadian Studies


Allahwala et al (2015) ‘Empowering Communities or Reproducing Stereotypes:  Negotiating Power/Knowledge in Service Learning Involving youth,’ Currents in Teaching and Learning 7(1):6-22.

Allahwala, A. & Bunce, S. (2013). Building and Sustaining Community-University Partnerships in Marginalized Urban Areas. Journal of Geography.
Allahwala, A. (2011). Between Ethnoburbs and Slums in the Sky: The Geography of Immigration in Toronto, in Olaf Bartels (ed.) Schriftenreihe der Internationalen Bauaustellung (IBA). Band 5: Kosmopolis. Hamburg.
Allahwala, A. (2010). Neo-liberal Governance: Entrepreneurial Municipal Regimes, with Roger Keil and Julie-Anne Boudreau, in: T. Bunting and P. Filion (eds). Canadian Cities in Transition: Local through Global Perspectives, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press.
Allahwala, A. (2009). Diaspora City: Differenz, Integration und Alltagsleben in Toronto [Diaspora City: Difference, Integration and Everyday Life in Toronto], with Roger Keil, in: Frank Gesemann and Roland Roth (eds.): Lokale Integrationspolitik in der Einwanderungs-gesellschaft. VS-Verlag.
Allahwala, A. (2008).Politik der Vielfalt in Toronto’ [The Politics of Diversity in Toronto], Paper published by the German Heinrich Böll Foundation. Berlin.
Allahwala, A. (2006). Bio-Politics: Promises and Limitations. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 17(1), 50–57.
Allahwala, A. (2005). Introduction to a Debate on the World Social Forum, with Roger Keil. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 29(2), 409–16.