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.

Read more about Peter at his website: Peter V. Hall

Office: HC 2123
Phone: 778.782.6691

Terri Evans

Manager, Academic & Administrative Services

Office: HC 2115
Phone: 778.782.7914

LinkedIn: Terri Evans

Karen Ferguson

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.

Read more about Karen: Karen Ferguson

Office: HC 2111
Phone: 778.782.7958

Meg Holden

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.

Read more: Meg Holden

Office: HC 2128
Phone: 778.782.7888

Anthony Perl

Professor, Urban Studies and Political Science

Office: HC 2124
Phone: 778.782.7887
Website: Anthony Perl

Research interests
Environmental, transportation, and energy policy; urban governance and administration; urban sustainability

Teaching interests
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

 HC 2119
Phone: 778.782.7821

Matt Hern

Limited Term Senior Lecturer

Matt Hern is a community organizer, independent scholar and writer. He has founded a wide range of community projects and initiatives and is currently the co-director of a creative production co-operative with and for gang-engaged refugee and recently-arrived youth. He teaches at multiple universities, lectures globally, and his writing has been published on all six continents and translated into 14 languages. His most recent book is What a City is For (MIT Press, 2016) and his forthcoming book is Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: In Search of an Ecological Future (MIT Press, 2018), co-authored with Am Johal and Joe Sacco.

Read more about Matt here: Matt Hern

Office: HC2111