Speaker: Robin Mazumder
How does your city make you feel? A transdisciplinary exploration into how the built environment impacts mental health
Robin Mazumder went from an undergraduate degree in biology to working as a mental health occupational therapist to running a startup accelerator at one of the country’s leading polytechnic institutes and then decided he wanted to do a PhD in neuroscience and explore how urban design impacts our mental health. There’s a method to his madness and he’ll share his own story of knowledge integration as well as insights from his current research which draws from disciplines ranging from neuroscience to urban planning to social psychology.
Robin Mazumder is a 2017 SSHRC Vanier Scholar and 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 as well as his front line experience working as an occupational therapist in mental health. He graduated with his Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University in Toronto in 2011. He has a keen interest in community development and is on the City of Kitchener’s Cycling Advisory Committee and has previously served as an honorary Guest Librarian with the Kitchener Public Library. Robin is also an advocate for healthy cities and speaks internationally on the topic.
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