Ph.D. Advisors

Barry, Janice, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Janice Barry is looking to work with PhD students who share her passion for the critical examination of collaborative planning processes and who have keen interests in exploring how these processes are mediated by planning law, policy and procedure. Her own work raises questions about the role of conflict in planning decision-making, as well as the opportunities and potential long-term benefits (and limits) of multi-stakeholder and inter-governmental collaboration. Her work is qualitative in nature and draws inspiration from a wide variety of theoretical traditions and conceptual frameworks, including communicative planning, social learning, new institutionalism, agonism, interpretative policy analysis, and critical discourse analysis.

In addition to her more conceptual interests in planning discourse and decision-making, Dr. Barry is looking to work with students who are interested in exploring Indigenous peoples’ experiences of urban and regional planning and who are raising questions about the possibilities decolonization and reconciliation. Possible topics in this area include, but are not limited to:

• The recognition (and sometimes, misrecognition) of Indigenous rights and title within planning
• Nation-to-nation governance arrangements to support land use planning
• Planning relationships between Indigenous peoples and municipalities (particularly within the context of urban reserves and other treaty settlement lands)
• The resurgence of Indigenous modes of land use governance

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Bridgman, Rae, B.A., B.Music, Ph.D., MCIP
Head and Professor

Rae Bridgman’s research spans a range of interests, including ethnographic studies of chronic homelessness among women and men in Canada, youth homelessness, and innovative housing models for rehousing the homeless. Her most recent research focuses on the design and planning of child-friendly cities, as well as the design and development of architectural and building toy prototypes. She is a practicing visual artist and children’s author.

Doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars with interests in alleviating homelessness, ethnographic research in intersection with design and planning, arts and urban revitalization, child-friendly cities and healthy cities are welcomed.

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Linovski, Orly, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

On leave Jan 2018 – Jan 2019, not currently accepting Phd students

My current areas of research are on (1) the relationship between development potential and transit equity outcomes and (2) urban design practices and the changing nature of firms. I am available to supervise students with interests broadly in transportation equity, theories of professional practice, or urban design processes. I am especially interested in students with strong backgrounds in spatial analysis or qualitative research methods.

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Milgrom, Richard, B.E.S., M.Arch., Ph.D., MCIP, MAA    
Associate Professor

Impacts of Urban Development / Planning and Urban Design for Social Justice My research focuses on the social impacts of urban development patterns. It addresses questions about how practices of planning and urban design have had negative impacts on the lives of communities and population, undermining their right to the city. In particular, I am interested in the roles planners and designers play in production of spaces of exclusion and segregation in processes of revitalization and gentrification.

My goal, however, is to understand how planning and design processes can enhance the development of human environments that support goals of social justice, to improve the quality of life for all inhabitants. I am seeking participatory processes that embrace the broad ranges of needs and desires within communities, and public education models that can inform debate about the future of towns, cities and regions.

I am interested in working with doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars who share a critical view of planning and urban design. My study of impacts and possible future directions is currently focused on the production of age-friendly communities, cities and regions, relating the well-being of older adults to the environments that they inhabit. However, I also welcome interests related to the accommodation of difference (age, culture, etc.) within human settlements, particularly the redevelopment of downtowns and inner cities and the transformation of suburbs.

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