Faculty, Staff & Council
Peter V. Hall
Director and professor, Urban Studies Program
Peter V. Hall is professor and director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches economic development, transportation geography and research methods. He received his doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley and previously worked in local government in Durban, South Africa. His research examines the connections between port cities, seaports and logistics, as well as community, local economic and employment development. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Transport Geography.
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Office: HC 2123
Professor, Urban Studies and History
Karen Ferguson is a professor in the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She teaches courses on urban planning and development, as well as urban inequality. She received her doctorate in history from Duke University, where she studied African-American history. Her monographs, Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power and the Transformation of Racial Liberalism (2013) and Black Politics in New Deal Atlanta (2002), examine race and racial politics in American cities. Her current research studies the impact of Buddhist philosophy and practice on the culture of North American cities.
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Office: HC 2111
Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Geography
Meg Holden is associate professor of Urban Studies and Geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Meg teaches courses in urban sustainable development, urban ethics, urban planning and policy, and urban theory. She received her Ph.D. in public and urban policy from the New School for Social Research and a M.Sc. and B.Sc.(Hons) in geography. Meg's research and professional work examines how cities and urbanites change in relation to demands, plans, actions, and new concepts related to sustainable development and community wellbeing. Meg is a research associate of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and the Korean Community Wellbeing Institute. She also serves on the editorial board of Applied Research in Quality of Life and the Springer book series on community wellbeing and quality of life.
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Office: HC 2128
Professor, Urban Studies and Political Science
Environmental, transportation, and energy policy; urban governance and administration; urban sustainability
Urban and regional transportation, comparative public policy, public administration, internationalization and local governance
Patrick J. (Paddy) Smith
Professor, Urban Studies and Political Science
Paddy Smith is the director of the Institute of Governance Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches local, urban and metropolitan governance, global cities and urban policy issues. He received his doctorate in government from the London School of Economics. He has served on the boards of the Canadian Political Science Association, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and the BC Political Studies Association. He is also the co-author of Local Government in Canada and has authored and edited a dozen books on Canadian constitution-making, political parties and elections, law and politics ,as well as articles on Cascadia, global cities, local and metropolitan governance, anti-terrorism and human rights, multilevel governance-policy-making, lobbying, ombuds-offices and other independent legislative officers, as well as local election finance reform. Current research includes Burnaby: The Politics of a City; the Rise of Cities, BC`s 2017 General Election and arguments on constitutionalizing Canada`s urban identity.
Read more about Paddy Smith here: Patrick Smith
Office: HC 2119
Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Senior Lecturer in Gender, Environment, and Urban Communities
Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University on unceded Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory, Vancouver, Canada. She teaches courses on urban housing policy and research methods. She completed a master’s in public policy, followed by a doctorate in geography with a certificate in feminist studies from the University of Minnesota. Her research examines urban inequalities and inclusion strategies, especially those targeting women and sexual minorities. Her work has appeared in Gender, Place and Culture, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities, and Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities. She serves on the board of Women in Cities International, a Montreal-based NGO focused on enabling all women and girls to lead in the creation of safe, inclusive and equitable cities and communities.