Welcome to Urban Studies
The future of human civilization is urban in nature. With the rapid rise of human population and urbanization worldwide, the comprehensive study of cities – in all of their social, economic, environmental, and political complexity – is crucial to a sustainable global future.
We train urbanists. Our graduates are critical and strategic thinkers who have the knowledge and expertise to become effective decision-makers. Our uniquely interdisciplinary program operates at the nexus of theory and practice, striking the right balance between academic and professional training. As a result, our graduates have the diverse skill set, deep and broad knowledge base, and flexibility needed to tackle today’s urban challenges.
Application deadline for September admission: February 15, 2016 December 02, 2015
Are you thinking about applying for admission to either our master's or graduate diploma streams...
Posting: Half-time urban studies lecturer, limited term (12-month contract) December 16, 2015
The Urban Studies Program wishes to appoint a colleague to teach in 2016/7. This half-time...
Urban Studies Program participates in SFU's "Researching the City" event January 23, 2016
Several urban studies students, alumni and faculty particpated in SFU's "Researching the...
Professor Anthony Perl comments on Province's plan to replace Massey tunnel with 10-lane bridge December 17, 2015
Professor Anthony Perl was interviewed on CBC Radio's On the Coast program today regarding the...
M.Urb student Stephanie Allen interviewed on Hogan's Alley research December 12, 2015
M.Urb student Stephanie Allen was recently interviewed about her research on the history of...
Robert Cervero "Mass Transit Needs Mass" talk now online December 11, 2015
Robert Cervero's Oct. 28 talk titled, "Mass Transit Needs Mass: Urban Densities and...
Thesis defence: Brandon Yan February 18, 2016
Master's candidate: Brandon Yan Thesis title: The SFU & City of Surrey Transportation Lecture...
Thesis defence: Krista Danizewski February 24, 2016
Master's candidate: Krista Danizewski Thesis title: Opinions and behaviours contributing to...
Thesis defence: Patrick Ward February 23, 2016
Master's candidate: Patrick Ward Thesis title: Suburban Townhouse Developments: Supporting or...