Applications open for the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning

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There is a new call for applications to the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning, aimed at scholars and practitioners engaged in social justice planning. The Visitorship offers an opportunity for writing, research and reflection during a period of residence in the U of T Planning Program. 

The emphasis on social justice reflects our understanding of planning as force for the common good and a challenge to systemic injustices. In this light, the Visitorship aims to create opportunities for learning from and supporting the work of critical planners, and we include community-based activists in this category. 

The Visitorship is designed to be flexible to suit the needs of candidates. When applying, in addition to telling us about the projects you would pursue while in residence, please specify your time availability (e.g. one day a week for a year, full-time for three months, etc.). The proposed activities should include plans for sharing knowledge with faculty and students in the Planning Program (e.g. hosting a workshop, giving a lecture, teaching a graduate seminar).

The application deadline is 10 April 2023. To apply please send a curriculum vitae and 2-page plan of proposed activities by email attachment to the Chair of the Geography Department, Professor Richard DiFrancesco ( 

Inquiries may be addressed to Associate Chair and Director, Graduate Program in Planning, Professor Kathrine Rankin (

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