Evan Castel is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Toronto Department of Geography (Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy) supervised by Dr. James Dunn and Dr. Kathi Wilson, and a fellow in the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy at U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His undergraduate studies were in life sciences and architecture (Queen’s University and University of Toronto). He worked in architecture and design as well as for a health NGO for ten years before beginning graduate studies, completing a Master's degree in health sciences at York University before beginning his present doctorate degree. His doctoral research focuses on the interconnections between the built environment and the social forces underlying health, with a particular interest in poverty, social cohesion and mental health. He also makes time for lots of coffee.