Economic Planning and Policy

This concentration is concerned with economic development issues at the local, regional, and, to some extent, national and global levels. It is designed to allow planning students to focus on policy and planning responses to problems of structural economic change, adjustment involving shifts in jobs and investment between sectors and locations; and regional and urban impacts of new trade conditions. At the same time, ‘economic planning’ is considered broadly to encompass ‘Third World’; and community development; culture, creativity and innovation as factors of economic development; and the key nexus between transportation and economic development. The concentration also offers courses in advanced economic planning methods such as demographic forecasting and modeling of urban and regional systems.

Students choosing this concentration will select at least five half-courses, subject to the approval of the concentration advisor,  from the list below. Courses with economic planning content that are not on this list may be substituted with the approval of the concentration advisor.

Economic Planning and Policy Concentration Courses




AEC 1102H Community Development: Innovative Models TBA
JPG 1501H The Political Economy of Cities [not offered 2013-14]
JPG 1507H The Geography of Housing and Housing Policy L. Bourne
JPG 1508H Planning with the Urban Poor in Developing Countries   A. Daniere
JPG 1509H Feminism, Postcoloniality and Development [not offered 2013-14]
JPG 1512H Place, Politics and the Urban A. Walks
PLA 1515H Special Topics in Planning: Planning and Colonialism [not offered 2013-14]
PLA 1517H Special topics in Planning: TBA TBA
JPG 1556H Transportation Systems Analysis R. Buliung
JGP2408Y Political Economy of International Development R.Isakson/R.Sandbrook
MGT 2115H Creative Economic Strategies [Check with Rotman if offered 2013-2014] TBA
PLA 1551H Policy Analysis and Implementation [not offered 2013-14]
PLA 1552H City Planning and Management J. Farrow
PLA 1553H Urban Transportation Policy Analysis J. Markovich
PLA1651H Business and Land Use Development for Urban Designers P. Zimmerman
PLA 1751H Public Finance for Planners TBA
PLA 1801H Urban Infrastructure Planning M. Siemiatycki
POL 2338H Innovation and Governance H. Bathelt


Other courses might be selected from a variety of Departments, including Economics, Engineering, Industrial Relations, Management, Political Science, and Adult Education and Community Development. For example, the Department of Economics offers courses in regional economics, economics of federalism, project evaluation and economic development. The Faculty of Engineering offers courses in transportation demand analysis, planning and public transport, and environmental engineering. The Department of Industrial Engineering has courses in industrial relations, industrial sociology, economics and demographics. The Faculty of Management offers courses in capital markets, forecasting, marketing and business-government relations. The Department of Political Science offers courses in technology policy and policy processes in Canada, as well as numerous courses in ‘Third World’/international development. Finally, Adult Education and Community Development has an extensive listing in ‘Third World’/international development and community development.

Students must take at least one course outside the Planning and Geography programs, in a suitable area to be chosen by the student and his/her faculty supervisor. In doing so, students may wish to build upon their undergraduate concentration.