New Hildebrand Fellow, Taesoo Song, Studies Intersection of Immigration & Housing Policy in Toronto

Taesoo Song

Canadian Studies is pleased to introduce Taesoo Song as the second recipient of an Edward Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2022. Taesoo is a Ph.D. student in city and regional planning. He is interested in the role of housing policy and neighborhood planning in promoting more equitable and socially just urban and community development, particularly for low-income and minority households.

Taesoo’s Hildebrand Fellowship will help expand the current understanding of the links between housing and immigration, as well as their broader impacts on urban environments by studying Ontario’s Non-resident Speculation Tax on Toronto. More specifically, he is interested in employing mixed methods to investigate the housing and neighborhood trajectories of immigrants to Toronto and how they are impacted by the taxation. His work will be carried out in close collaboration with the School of Cities at the University of Toronto.

Taesoo holds a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in urban planning and engineering) from Yonsei University in Korea. Before starting his Ph.D. program, Taesoo worked as a researcher for the Seoul Institute, where he investigated the ongoing gentrification in Seoul’s Historic Downtown area, its impacts on local businesses and residents, and strategies for more inclusive growth.