• PhD (Urban Planning), University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.Sc. (Urban Planning), University of Toronto
  • B.A. (Geography/Urban Systems), McGill University

Professional memberships

  • Registered Professional Planner
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Member, Manitoba Professional Planners Institute

Research interests

Professional practice; transportation equity; private sector consulting; municipal governance.

Current teaching

  • ARCG 7080 Transportation and Urban Form
  • CITY 7050 Capstone Project
  • CITY 7020 Planning Research Methods and Techniques 


My research and teaching are motivated by a concern with the social and political production of the built form. My focus is on the links between professional practice, political processes, and the shaping of urban space. I am interested in research that is focused on issues of social justice and is relevant to professional planners.

My research seeks to understand how planners in professional practice are influenced by political, economic and institutional structures, and how this impacts goals of social equity and justice. My current research focuses on two areas: (1) the political-economic context of professional planning, and (2) the integration of equity goals in transportation planning. This work has been published in journals such as Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Transportation Research Part A, and Journal of Planning Education and Research, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, MITACS, and Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics. My previous research has examined planning processes through a variety of lenses, include the role of private sector consultants, decision-making for transport planning, the evolution of design plans over time, and constructions of professional expertise.

I received my PhD in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a M.Sc. in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto. Previously, I worked in planning and policy at the municipal and provincial levels. I am a Registered Professional Planner and active with the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute.

Recent publications

Full list of publications available here

Linovski, O., and Baker, D.M. (2023). Community-Designed Participation: Lessons for Equitable Engagement in Transportation Planning. Transportation Research Record, 0(0), DOI:03611981221145131.

Linovski, O., Manaugh, K., & Baker, D. M. (2022). The Route not Taken: Equity and Transparency in Unfunded Transit Proposals. Transport Policy, 122, pp. 77-84. DOI:

Linovski, O., (2022). Planners in Publicly-Traded Firms: Emerging Issues and Opportunities. Journal of the American Planning Association. DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2022.2093259

Linovski, O., Dorries, H. and Simpson, S.A. (2021). Public Transit and Equity-Deserving Groups: Understanding Lived Experiences.

Linovski, O. (2021). The Value of Planning: Views from Management Consultants. Journal of Planning Education and Research. DOI:10.1177/0739456X211051420.

Linovski, O., & Snider, A. (2021). Police Enforcement of Cycling Offences: A Case Study in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Transport Findings (28345) DOI: 10.32866/001

Linovski, O. (2020) Firm of the Future: Planning Practice in Publicly-Traded Companies. Planning Theory and Practice. (Interface: Future of the Planning Profession) 21(3), 453-480. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2020.1776014

Linovski, O. (2019). Shareholder as Client: Firms, Markets and the New Business of Planning. Journal of Urban Affairs. 41(7): 1017-1035. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1562303

Ph.D. Opportunities

I am available to supervise students with research interests in transportation equity, professional planning practice, or privatization in planning. I am especially interested in students with experience in spatial analysis (GIS), qualitative research methods or as a planning practitioner.