Congratulations!! Professor Leonie Sandercock has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)
Canada’s highest honour for artists, scholars and scientists.
We are so proud of you!!
The co-creator of SCARP’s Indigenous Community Planning program and a former director of the school, Sandercock primarily explores “the uses of film …
as a catalyst for Indigenous community development.”
She is currently monitoring and evaluating the impact of a film she developed together with the Haida Nation and Inuit-owned Kingulliit Productions — the multiple award-winning Edge of the Knife — on the Haida community.
Sandercock holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Adelaide, a PhD in urban research from Australian National University and an MFA in screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her numerous honours include the UBC Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction and the Distinguished Planning Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
The induction ceremony for the RSC’s Class of 2020, which will allow the new members to join “from home, from campus, or in Toronto,” is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 27.
Sandercock’s full citation from the RSC reads:
Innovative, visionary and audacious, Leonie Sandercock’s community-based scholarship and practice in the fields of urban planning and community development have engaged some of the most intractable issues of our time—inequality, discrimination, and racism. Through award-winning books and films, she has influenced the planning field to become more culturally-fluent, addressing diversity and difference through structural change, and her partnerships with Indigenous communities model reconciliation in practice.