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The School of Planning encourages a wide range of research among faculty and students, and research clusters are continually evolving in response to new challenges and opportunities. Many faculty share research interests and collaborate on projects, always involving students — as research assistants, with work term placements, or advising on independent student projects. Some faculty members also maintain professional consulting practices in the Halifax Region.

Please visit the Student Research Projects page to see examples of thesis, independent project, and studio project work.

We have two research centres at the School of Planning: DalTrac, headed by Ahsan Habib, and the Cities and Environment Unit (CEU), headed by Frank Palermo.

Faculty members conduct research in:

  • Climate change in coastal communities in Atlantic Canada, climate change adaptation (Frank Palermo, Patricia Manuel, Eric Rapaport)
  • Documenting landscape architecture in Atlantic Canada (John Zuck)
  • Comprehensive community‐based planning (Frank Palermo)
  • First Nations housing (Frank Palermo)
  • Housing policy and choices among key demographics (Ren Thomas)
  • Sustainable transportation (Ahsan Habib, Frank Palermo, Ren Thomas)
  • Advanced transportation modeling, remote data capture of transportation activity, demand prediction (Ahsan Habib)
  • Transportation policy and planning processes (Ren Thomas)
  • Transit-oriented development (Ahsan Habib, Ren Thomas)
  • Use of GIS in decision-making and visualization (Eric Rapaport, Mikiko Terashima)
  • Accessibility and access to health services (Mikiko Terashima)
  • Environmental diagnostics: built environment and health (Mikiko Terashima)
  • Policy evaluation, plan evaluation (Dave Guyadeen, Ren Thomas)

Find out more about their projects on their faculty pages.