Dr. Sandeep Agrawal to be Inaugural Director of
University of Alberta Planning Program

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Sandeep Agrawal as it’s inaugural Director of the Undergraduate Program in Planning. 

We are excited to to be adding someone with Dr. Agrawal’s experience in Planning Education and an outstanding academic record” indicated Dr. Martin Sharp, Chair of EAS.  “The recently established Planning program was developed in response to a strong demand from the planning industry and municipalities and we are delighted to have Dr. Agrawal to lead the program towards meeting that need”.  

Dr. Agrawal comes to the University of Alberta from Ryerson University where he is the founding Director for the Master of Planning program in Urban Development.  In addition to his academic career, Dr. Agrawal brings with him an array of planning experience, having worked as a planner in India, the United States, and in Canada. 

Dr. Agrawal's research focuses on the effects of multiculturalism, ethnicity and religion on urban structures and public policies, and on land use planning, urban design and development.  His research has included work in in Canada, other industrialized nations, and in third world countries, particularly India and Sri Lanka.  Dr. Agrawal served on Toronto's Committee of Adjustment for five years 2007-2011. He has recently been appointed as an adjudicator to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal, a quasi-judicial body that adjudicates on matters related to all Licenses and Standards in the City of Toronto.  He has also appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to talk about planning for inclusive cities.

Dr. Robert Summers, the Acting Director of the program through the approval and program launch process, indicated that “it’s exciting to have someone of Sandeep’s calibre taking the lead in ensuring the program will achieve its potential.  The program and the community will benefit greatly as he brings a wealth of experience in both academia and practice.”  Dr. Summers will continue to be actively involved in the further development of the program. 

The undergraduate program in planning launched in Sept, 2013.  In addition to Dr. Agrawal, the program expects to add up to three new faculty members as early as this summer.   The program is a partnership between the Faculties of Arts, Science, and Extension with the program being located in the EAS Department.