• 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

  • CITY 7210 Planning Design I (Studio)
  • ARCG 7080 Transportation and Urban Form
  • CITY 7050 Capstone Project


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 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, 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

Linovski, O. (in press). “Conflicting Interests: Professional Planning Practice in Publicly-Traded Firms”. In C. Hurl & A. Vogelpohl (Eds.), Professional Service Firms and Politics in a Global Era: Palgrave Macmillan.

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, DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1562303

Linovski, O.  (2018). "Shifting Agendas: Private Consultants and Public Planning Policy." Urban Affairs Review.  DOI: 1078087417752475.

Linovski, O. and N. Galati (2019). "Getting Us All There: Including Equity in Transportation Planning." Plan Canada 59(2): 31-35

Linovski, O., Baker, D. M., & Manaugh, K. (2018). “Equity in Practice? Evaluations of Equity in Planning for Bus Rapid Transit.” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 113, 75-87.

Linovski, O. (2018). Designing for Development: Growth and the Practice of Urban Design in Los Angeles. Journal of Planning History, 17(2), 118-143.

Linovski, O. (2017). "Pro Bono Practices and Government Agencies." Journal of the American Planning Association, 83(2), 180-182.

Linovski, O. (2016). "Politics of Expertise: Constructing Professional Design Knowledge in the Public and Private Sectors." Journal of Planning Education and Research 36(4): 451-464.

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.