IMFG Graduate Fellow
Keir Matthews-Hunter is the recipient of the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance. He is a first-year PhD student in Planning and graduate of the Master of Science in Planning program (2018) at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research is informed by real options theory and aims to empirically investigate the degree to which real estate developers in Toronto delay multi-residential development (particularly after securing planning approvals), the characteristics of development projects that are delayed, and the relationship among the stringency of land use regulation, developer (un)certainty about the profit-maximizing use of land, and development timing. Before beginning his PhD, Keir worked for four years as a housing planner with the City of Toronto, where he undertook assignments and advised on the development and implementation of housing policy and regulation, and spent one year as a research analyst with the Canadian Urban Institute. He is a Registered Professional Planner and Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.