Podcast, Environmental Justice

The Climate Imaginary: Planning for Community Resilience — with Andréanne Doyon

November 22, 2022
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On the fourth episode of our Below the Radar series: The Climate Imaginary, our host Am Johal is joined by Dr. Andréanne Doyon, Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

They talk about sustainability versus resilience, Andréanne’s journey from being a planning practitioner to an academic, and Andréanne’s research around climate planning. They also discuss the role of researchers and planners in the climate emergency, looking at alternate methods of sharing research and how to engage with a community’s specific knowledge and needs. 

About Our Guest


Dr. Andréanne Doyon holds a Ph.D. in Planning (2016) from the University of Melbourne. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

Prior to SFU, she was a Lecturer in Sustainability and Urban Planning in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The aim of her dissertation was to investigate how planning for urban resilience is informed by niche interventions. Her research engaged with literature and theories from urban planning, resilience, and sustainability transitions. After completing her Ph.D., she contributed to research related to governance processes to support the transition of Melbourne’s west towards a low-carbon economy, as well as research examining the role and effectiveness of building and planning regulatory systems in delivering sustainable cities. 

She has published her work in Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions, as well as in edited books. Beyond academic publications, she has also written technical reports, news articles for The Conversation and The Guardian, and participated in numerous public events as a speaker or chair. In Australia, she worked with different levels of government including the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and the Inner Melbourne Climate Adaptation Network with the City of Melbourne. She is also a member of the Nightingale Housing Research Collaboration, a group that undertakes longitudinal research relative to Nightingale projects, processes, and practices and is a conduit for conversation between research and practice. 

Her current research focuses on urban governance and planning for low carbon and climate just cities, sustainable housing, and questions of justice in sustainability transitions. She is particularly interested in understanding processes of change related to sustainability outcomes.



Johal, Am. “The Climate Imaginary: Planning for Community Resilience — with Andréanne Doyon.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, November 22, 2022.


As we navigate our future within the ongoing climate emergency, we seek different frameworks to help guide our learning and our actions. In Below the Radar’s The Climate Imaginary series we touch on disinformation, links between the arts and climate activism, and the challenges in making real environmental change. 

To visualize a better future, Below the Radar invites guests from across artistic and academic disciplines to discuss ways of working in solidarity amidst the climate crisis. We feature conversations that range from the unique power of creative works to mobilize people, to the importance of collaboration and interdependence across fields.

The Climate Imaginary and Below the Radar are recorded on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. 



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