Rae St. Clair Bridgman Ph.D.
Professor, Department of City Planning
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Dr. Rae St. Clair Bridgman is a Professor in the Department of City Planning, which she joined in 1998. She served as the Faculty of Architecture Associate Dean (Research) from 2002 to 2008.

Dr. Bridgman’s ethnographic studies of chronic homelessness among women and men in Canada, youth homelessness, and innovative housing models for rehousing the homeless have been published internationally, including six authored, co-authored and co-edited books, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her research has been supported by five major SSHRC grants, and her work has been recognized with many honours, including the University of Manitoba Merit Award in Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts (Outstanding Achievement in Research), the University of Manitoba Rh Award (Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research) and two Fannie Mae Foundation Prizes for Best Action Research Paper (Housing and Community Development). Dr. Bridgman’s current research interests focus on child-friendly cities, and architectural and building toys.
Dr. Bridgman is a co-director of the Winnipeg architectural and planning firm BridgmanCollaborative Architecture, which has received numerous design, heritage conservation and accessibility awards for its work. She is also a practicing visual artist with many arts grants and exhibitions to her name, and has authored and illustrated six children’s books. She enjoys playing tuba in several community bands and Winnipeg's first all-women brass quintet - Classy Brass.

Recent publications
Rae St. Clair Bridgman is the author of Angel: Homeless in Toronto (2016), Jimmy Tattoo: Homeless on the Streets of Toronto (2016), StreetCities: Rehousing the Homeless (Broadview Press, 2006), Safe Haven: The Story of a Shelter for Homeless Women (University of Toronto Press, 2003), co-author of Braving the Street: The Anthropology of Homelessness (Berghahn Books, 1999), and co-editor of Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights (Broadview Press, 1999). For a complete list of publications, please visit home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~bridgman/cv/publications/index.html.

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PhD (Sociocultural Anthropology), York University

MA (Interdisciplinary Studies), York University
B. Music (History), University of Toronto
BA (Classics), University of Toronto

Professional Memberships
Canadian Institute of Planners
Manitoba Professional Planners Institute

Research Interests

Child-friendly cities; participatory planning and design; ethnography; housing and chronic
homelessness; and literary tourism.

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), Women's Network
Canadian Children's Book Centre
CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers)
Manitoba Writer's Guild
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
Writer's Union of Canada

Current Teaching
CITY 7020 Planning Research Methods
EVLU 4006 Healthy Cities
EVLU 4006 Child-Friendly Cities