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.

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  • May 03, 2024

    May 03, 2024

    Professors Meg Holden and Yushu Zhu's three-year research project focuses on how higher density living is changing the way neighbouring works in Canada. Check out their recent interviews with CBC Radio, in which they discuss their findings.

  • March 19, 2024

    March 19, 2024

    On March 13th, 2024, SFU Urban Studies instructor Kamala Todd and her URB 413-613 Storyscapes class visited x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth at Semi-Public. What was once a vacant lot is now an urban forest with flora Indigenous to the area.

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