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.
NEW: Application deadline!
Apply by June 15 for admission in January 2017.
Student featured in story on City of Vancouver's sustainability work April 22, 2016
Urban studies M.Urb student Wes Regan is featured in a recent Georgia Straight article on how the...
M.Urb student Samuel Baron comments on Commercial Drive bike lane proposal April 04, 2016
M.Urb student Samuel Baron was quoted in a Vancouver Magazine story about a proposed bike lane on...
Alumni's study on community gardens makes news March 21, 2016
Congratulations to our alumni, Grant Rice, for the media coverage of his study on community gardens...
Alumni and students part of panel on affordable housing for young Vancouverites March 31, 2016
Urban studies alumni Brandon Yan and Darren Proulx, along with current M.Urb student Katelyn...
Paper by Professor Peter V. Hall included in newly released collection on the good jobs economy March 07, 2016
A paper by Peter V. Hall, director of SFU's Urban Studies Program, is included in a newly released...
Rethinking the Region IV As always, we are grateful to the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Fraser Valley Real...
Governing the Logistics Development of the Urban Region March 24, 2016
Talk title: Governing the Logistics Development of the Urban Region: Suburbanization, Urban...
Thesis defence: Michael Ohnemus April 18, 2016
Master's candidate: Michael Ohnemus Thesis title: TOD in the Park: Examining Development at...
Thesis defence: Omer Rashman April 07, 2016
Master's candidate: Omer Rashman Thesis title: "The commercial strip by the river" When:...