The Master in Environmental Studies Planning program combines theory and practice to help you engage reflexively with questions of social and environmental justice in relation to urban and regional development. You’ll focus on Urban and Regional Planning; Environmental Planning; Community, Social Policy and Planning; or Food Planning, gaining the skills to affect positive change at every scale of action, from the neighbourhood to the globe.
Students have the opportunity to learn about and expand the boundaries of city planning through critical interdisciplinary perspectives on:
- Diversity and social justice – Community planning and equity planning approaches, healthy cities, public engagement, community organizing and activism, planning with Indigenous communities, planning in international settings
- Emerging environmental problems – Environmental planning, climate justice, urban resilience, waste management, food security, sustainable energy transitions
- Urban development processes – Housing, critical infrastructures, transport and mobility, urban revitalization, land use, urban environmental design
- Urban life and politics – Political economy, planning theory and history, policymaking, global urbanization, suburbanization processes
Practical skills are developed through both curricular and professional development components, with requirements including specialized planning workshop courses and a field-based practicum. Unique to the program, our Planning Skills Lab offers weekly hands-on workshops with alumni and professionals in the Fall and Winter terms.