Welcome to Urban Studies

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. In our two interdisciplinary graduate education programs, we aim to strike a balance between academic and professional training and to produce graduates who have the diverse and specialized skill sets, broad knowledge base and the flexibility needed to tackle today's urban challenges.

Read a profile of our program, students, alumni and research.




  • Urban Studies Open House December 07, 2018
    Thinking about grad school? The Urban Studies Program invites prospective students with an interest...

  • 2019 Urban Challenges Forums January 23, 2019
    Urban Challenges Forums These evening forums are co-hosted by the SFU Urban Studies Program and...

  • Myth-making in the Desert January 31, 2019
    Mythmaking in the Desert:  Trees and Taking Bedouin Land in the Naqab Speaker: Gary Fields,...