Robin Mazumder is doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he is studying the psychological impacts of urban design. His research is inspired by his passion for urbanism, his front line experience working as an occupational therapist in mental health, and his interest in human-centred design. He graduated with his Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2011 and completed training in design thinking in 2015 with Stanford’s D School. Robin’s doctoral research is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award.
Robin has a long track record of community service. While doing his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Victoria, he worked extensively in community inclusion for youth with disabilities. He was also the recipient of a $10,000 award from the Canadian International Development Agency which he used to develop inclusive programming for youth with disabilities in Russia. He has launched many community building initiatives, ranging from pop-up bike lanes in support of cycling infrastructure to bringing light therapy to public libraries. He even helped organize Edmonton’s biggest pop-up snowball fight!
His advocacy and research and has been featured in numerous outlets including Vice Magazine, CBC Spark, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Cycling Magazine, University of Toronto Magazine and University Affairs.
He has served on the boards of numerous civic initiatives including Make Something Edmonton, REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, and the Mayor’s Task Force to End Poverty. His community contributions were formally recognized when he was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine and an Edmontonian to Watch by Metro News. He served on the University of Waterloo Senate, the City of Kitchener’s Cycling And Trails Advisory Committee and was asked to be a Guest Librarian with the Kitchener Public Library. Most recently, we was named a Pathfinder by the Waterloo Record.
Currently, Robin serves on the board of the Kitchener Public Library and is a Fellow with the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health.
Robin is also an accomplished public speaker and has been sought out to give talks on the intersection of urbanism and health around the world.
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