Janice Barry Ph.D., RPP, MCIP
Assistant Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
Adjunct Professor, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba

Not accepting any new graduate students at the University of Manitoba, but may be available to serve on supervisory committees.

Ph.D. (Community and Regional Planning), University of British Columbia, 2011
M.A. (Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies), Trent University, 2004
B.Sc. (Environmental Sceince & Biology), Trent University, 2000

Professional Memberships
Registered Professional Planner (RPP)
Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP)


Janice Barry’s research focuses on collaborative approaches to planning, both in terms of the relationships between different levels and forms of government and with various citizen groups. Her research explores tensions between the transformative and regressive potential of collaborative planning, with a particular interest in how the norms and discourses embedded in written planning policy and procedure shape the depth and breadth of shared decision-making processes. While she is broadly interested in and enjoys working with students who are investigating different types of collaborative planning, Dr. Barry’s own research is centred on planning with Indigenous peoples.

Her previous work as a protected area planner with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources inspired her doctoral and postdoctoral research on different approaches to engaging Indigenous peoples in the planning of public lands. Although her early research and professional experiences were on natural resource planning, Dr. Barry also examines on how Indigenous rights and title are addressed in the urban environment. She is particularly interested in the collaborative planning relationships that are beginning to emerge between municipalities and First Nations as land claims are settled and treaty land entitlements are fulfilled.

Recent publications and presentations
Barry, J. (2016). Not stakeholders in these parts: Indigenous peoples and urban planning. In: Y Beebeejaun (Ed), The Participatory City. Berlin: Jovis.

Porter, L & J Barry. (2016). Planning for Coexistence? The possibilities of recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Barry, J. (2016). Government-to-Government Planning and the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Title in the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. In: R Thomas (Ed), Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Oxford University Press Canada.

Barry, J. (2015). Unsettling Planning Education through Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: Reflections on the Indigenous Planning Studio. Planning Theory and Practice.

Barry, J. (2015). From British City Centre to British Columbia’s Central Coast: The Transferability of the Institutional Capacity Development Framework. In: J Hillier & J Metzger (Eds), Connections: a Festschrift for Patsy Healey. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Porter, L & J Barry (2015). Bounded Recognition: Urban planning and the textual mediation of Indigenous rights in Canada and Australia. Critical Policy Studies 9(1): 22-40.

Saarikoski, H, K Raitio & J Barry (2013). Understanding ‘Successful’ Conflict Resolution: Policy Regime Changes and New Interactive Arena in the Great Bear Rainforest. Land Use Policy 32: 271-280.

Barry, J (2012). Indigenous-State Planning as Inter-Institutional Capacity Development: The Evolution of ‘Government-to-Government’ Relations in Coastal British Columbia, Canada. Planning Theory and Practice 13(2): 213-231.

Barry, J & L Porter (2012). Indigenous Recognition in State-Based Planning Systems: Understanding Textual Mediation in the Contact Zone. Planning Theory 11(2): 170-187.

Janice Barry

PhD (Community & Regional Planning), University of British Columbia, 2011
MA (Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies), Trent University, 2004
BSc (Environmental Science & Biology), Trent University, 2000

Professional Memberships
Candidate Member, Canadian Institute of Planners

Research Interests
Indigenous peoples and planning; collaborative planning; cross-cultural planning; planning institutions & governance; planning for public lands and natural resources; case study research; interpretive methods and discourse analysis