Peter Boothroyd, Professor Emeritus in the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, has taught, researched, and promoted citizen engagement in a variety of institutional and community settings.
He organized an inter-jurisdictional task force on Alberta's urbanization in the 1970s, then headed the Edmonton Social Planning Council and taught social welfare at the University of Calgary. He went on to initiate participatory planning courses at UBC with and for First Nations in the 1980s. Building on that experience, he organized and led poverty-reduction capacity-building projects, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, in Thailand and Vietnam.
Over the last decade, he directed UBC's CIDA-funded projects in Brazil—first on the theme of community-based urban watershed management, and then on socially inclusive collaborative governance in metropolitan regions.
In recent years, Boothroyd has designed and taught courses on participatory development at universities in Japan, Thailand, and Brazil. He has organized several international forums to explore opportunities for universities to become more socially engaged. His publications focus on participatory planning in relation to community development, social policy, urban transportation, and megaproject impacts.