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The Centre for Community Partnerships is collaborating with the Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability, and the Centre for Critical Development Studies (UTSC) to bring you… MAP THE SYSTEM!

Map the System is a global competition hosted by the University of Oxford, which challenges students to analyze issues of social or environmental change. In the competition, individuals or groups of up to five people will research a social or environmental topic important to them, and present their findings to the world.

Explore an issue that matters to you and share your findings with the world! 

You can see the presentations by last year's finalists here and find more information about the 2019 competition here.

  • Build your research and presentation skills
  • Connect with socially-conscious students, innovators and change-makers
  • Prepare for a career and internship opportunities
  • Win cash prizes
  • Compete to present your findings at the University of Oxford, UK
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You can apply for Map the System as an individual or in a team of up to five people.
At least one member of the team must be a current student at a partner institution (enrolled in a course of 6 months or longer), OR a recent graduate of a partner institution (having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition).
Students may be at undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate or doctoral level.

How to participate

1. Register Online (by January 28, 2019)

You must register online before January 28, 2019 (11:59pm UK time) in order to participate. 
You don't need to have all of your submission materials ready now. Once registered, you have until April 1, 2019 (11:59 UK time) to submit your materials. During this time, you’re also welcome to revise your topic scope or team.

2. Submit Your Materials (by April 1, 2019)

Submissions will consist of three components:
• A visual map or chart of the social or environmental issue (PowerPoint, Prezi, PDF, etc.)
• An essay (max. 3,000 words)
• A bibliography supporting the research

3. U of T Final (April 10, 2019)

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in early April and be invited to present their research to the public, a local winner will be selected and invited to the Canadian Final! 

4. Canadian Final (May 3 - 4, 2019) 

Two winners of the Canadian Final will receive a $2,500 CASH PRIZE per team and a FREE TRIP to the Map the System Global Final on June 7 - 9, 2019 at the University of Oxford, UK.

5. Global Final at the University of Oxford, UK (June 7 - 9, 2019)


Registration is now OPEN! Register for Map the System 2019.

Want to learn more?

Come to our Map the System Information Sessions! Register now.

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Need support?

Come to our Meet the Faculty Mentors Workshops! Register now.

Downtown Campus

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


Please contact Cherrie Kwok at at the Centre for Community Partnerships if you have any questions.