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John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship In Planning

Published November 6, 2013

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The Graduate Planning Program at the University of Toronto invites applications from accomplished practitioners and scholars who wish to contribute to the teaching and research activities of the Program. Applications are sought for Winter term, 2014 (which begins January 6) for visitors interested in teaching a graduate level course on some aspect of Environmental Planning.   We are particularly interested in visitors who have expertise in Planning for Climate Change, Cities the Environment and Resilience, or Environmental Impact Assessment. The Visitorship also supports research activities and visitors typically give at least one lecture or talk open to the public as well as members of the department. Specific activities will be negotiated with the successful application.


The John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning was established through a major donation to and a matching grant by the University of Toronto. The Visitorship honours John Bousfield, a distinguished Canadian urban planner now in his 60th year of professional practice, and enables the Planning Program to bring to the University accomplished individuals who can teach, give public lectures and participate in collaborative research projects on issues important to the field of planning.

The Bousfield position is intended to offer the visitors an opportunity for research, writing and reflection, while also enhancing the learning experience of students in the Program in Planning, providing diverse and innovative perspectives on contemporary planning issues and enhancing the relations between the Planning Program and the community at large.

Located in one of the most diverse cities in North America, the Planning Program offers its students a dynamic, interdisciplinary blend of practical knowledge and critically engaged theory. Information on the Program in Planning can be obtained from its website (


The Planning Program is seeking applications from practitioners and scholars who have substantial planning experience in public, private, non-profit or community organizations, in local, national or international venues. The program especially encourages applications from those whose experiences and viewpoints are underrepresented within planning.

The Planning Program can support a one semester visitorship with a stipend of up to CDN $12,000, depending on the duration and intensity of the period in residence at the University.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae and a two-page plan of the individual’s proposed activities (including a requested stipend) should be sent by email attachment to Professor Virginia Maclaren, Chair, Department of Geography and Program in Planning ( by November 14, 2013. Please direct any inquiries about the position to Professor Paul Hess, Associate Chair and Director, Graduate Programs in Planning, (

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 Paul Hess | Associate Professor | Associate Chair | Director, Graduate Programs in Planning | Dept of Geography and Planning | University of Toronto

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