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.
Urban Studies director warns local economy too focused on real estate July 07, 2016
Urban Studies Program director Dr. Peter Hall, who regularly teaches graduate courses on urban...
A new batch of M.Urbs! June 09, 2015
Congratulations to our most recent graduates! Convocation was June 9, 2016. From left to right:...
Associate professor Meg Holden on urban research and sustainability June 13, 2016
In a new video interview with SFU's Office of the Vice-president for Research, associate professor...
Program manager Terri Evans celebrated for 20-year commitment to Coquitlam Farmers Market May 27, 2016
SFU is celebrating Terri Evans, academic and administrative manager of the Urban Studies Program,...
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...
Thesis defence: Amelia Bowden July 21, 2016
Master's candidate: Amelia Bowden Thesis title: Revitalizing Suburban Neighbourhoods with...
Thesis defence: Jordan Magtoto July 26, 2016
Master's candidate: Jordan Magtoto Thesis title: Active school travel in Fleetwood,...
Rethinking the Region IV As always, we are grateful to the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Fraser Valley Real Estate...