Professor Allahwala holds the rank of Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Human Geography. Originally from Germany, Prof. Allahwala and received his MA from the Free University Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) and his PhD from York University in Toronto. He has 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. His area of expertise is urban governance and social policy, community development, youth engagement, and participatory action research. As a critical urban policy analyst, Prof. Allahwala's 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, he has begun to engage in more pedagogically-oriented research around questions of community-based research, place-based education, and youth engagement in planning.
Since his appointment at UTSC in 2010, Professor Allahwala has been a key advocate of experiential education on our campus. In addition to serving as Co-op Supervisor in City Studies for six years, Professor Allahwala has taught a variety of community-engagement courses in partnership with organizations such as the East Scarborough Storefront, the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, TAIBU Community Health Centre, Malvern Family Resource Centre, and the Toronto District Catholic School Board. He has a long history of civic engagement and served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations across Toronto. Based on his sustained engagement and expertise, Professor Allahwala has been invited to speak about community-engaged learning and value-based university-community partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. He is currently the co-chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Centre for Community Partnerships and a member of the Vice Provost’s Innovations in Undergraduate Education Advisory Group on Experiential Education.
As Special Advisor to the Dean, Professor Allahwala’s main focus will be to encourage and support our academic departments to strengthen the experiential education opportunities they currently offer and develop new ways to enrich student learning through experience within their programs and courses. He will also play a key role in coordinating and leading experiential education opportunities and activities offered by support units inside and outside of the Dean’s portfolio, including the two Co-op Offices, CTL, the Hub, Academic Advising and Career Counselling, and Community Development and Engagement.
"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.