Photo by C.S. Cosco

I’m an urban planner, researcher, and writer interested in urban issues: housing, immigration, transportation, growth management, and governance. I have a B.L.Arch from the University of Toronto, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP).

As a planner, I have worked in regional planning, research, and policy development for the Ontario Growth Secretariat–Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, and research dissemination at the Social Planning & Research Council of BC and Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation.

My research includes transportation planning and policy development the University of AmsterdamTransLink, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; market research for Mustel Group; program evaluation frameworks for Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver and BC Non-Profit Housing Association; and a study on social enterprises in affordable housing for the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.

My writing has appeared on Spacing Vancouver, the Moving in a Livable Region blog, and academic journals, and I am currently editing a book of case studies in Canadian planning. Teaching, supervising Masters students (University of Amsterdam, University of British Columbia), and advising Ph.D. students on alt-ac careers are also important components of my work. If you would like to collaborate on a research or writing project, or you are a Ph.D. student interested in exploring alt-ac careers, please contact me at planningutopia(at) or through LinkedIn.

This website is designed and hosted at, with portraits provided by C.S. Cosco. All other artwork is mine.