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Research opportunities

Find your inspiration

The School of Planning encourages a wide range of research among faculty and students. There are many opportunities for students to take part in faculty projects as research assistants or during work-term placements, or even to use them as inspiration for independent student projects. Here are some examples of past work:

Community work

The Cities and Environment Unit (CEU) is a research institution within the Faculty of Architecture and Planning that provides urban and rural communities with affordable help on planning and design projects. The work is project based and focused on community development. Professor Frank Palermo manages the unit which employs several graduates of the School and provides direct involvement of current students through work terms, volunteer projects, and directed studies supervision.

Current research projects include:

  • First Nations community planning
  • Oceans and governance in Southeast Asia
  • Social dynamics of economic performance: Innovation and creativity in city-regions
  • Theory and practice in planning the suburbs
  • Environmental diagnostics: Built environment and health
  • Urban ecology: Food in the city
  • Cultural uses of urban wetlands
  • Smart growth and land policy
  • Documenting landscape architecture in Atlantic Canada
  • Optimizing investment in the built environment to reduce youth obesity
  • Planning for climate change in coastal communities