Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning

Sandeep Agrawal

Sandeep Agrawal is a Professor and Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. Dr. Agrawal is a well-known Canadian scholar in human rights and multiculturalism and how they intersect with urban and regional planning policies and practice. His most recent research has focused on human and indigenous rights, the nexus of energy and society, municipal annexation, and housing and homelessness in indigenous communities. He is an author of a book on planning in India, published by Oxford University Press, and is currently writing a book on the practice of rights to the city to be published by the University of Alberta Press. Based on his research projects on multi-culturalism, human rights, and planning, he will share his experiences with graduate planning students through teaching and various department events.

Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter is an award-nominated author and placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centres. In addition, she spearheads institutional city-building projects, rooted in neighbourhood knowledge, focused on: cultural heritage interpretive planning, gender-based mapping, inclusive public engagement, safe streets and mobility, social planning, and healing fraught sites. She applies an equitable city-building lens, focused on spatial design and social inclusion to all areas of her work. She holds a MES from York University. Based on her expertise and experiences co-leading complex urban development projects, Jay will provide students with rich participatory learning experiences and opportunities to meaningfully connect with a diverse range of city-builders.





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,  (1929-2016), founding Partner of Bousfields Inc., and a committed and visionary professional planner for nearly six decades. It 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 commensurate with the duration and intensity of the period in residence at the University.

For requirements, please refer to the 2017-2018 Application advertisement:

Fall term 2017 and/or Winter term, 2018 Bousfield Visitorship Application