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.
Associate professor Meg Holden calls for regional approach to growth and equity October 29, 2015
Associate professor Meg Holden published an op-ed in The Vancouver Sun today, calling for a...
Students win first prize for "Gro-Cart" idea October 28, 2015
Two urban studies students have won first prize in SFU Surrey's community engagement competition...
M.Urb student calls for inclusion of Hogan's Alley history in post-viaduct planning October 16, 2015
If Vancouver's city council votes next week to proceed with the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir...