Call for Applications to the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning

March 3, 2023 by Department of Geography & Planning

Greetings from the Program in Planning at the University of Toronto!

Please see the posted call for applications to the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning, aimed at scholars and practitioners engaged in social justice planning. The Visitorship offers an opportunity for writing, research and reflection during a period of residence in the U of T Planning Program in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The emphasis on social justice reflects our understanding of the planning profession as being oriented to building community for the common good while also challenging intersectional injustice. In this light, the Visitorship aims to create opportunities for learning from and supporting the work of practitioners (as well as academics), and we include community-based practitioners in this category.

The Visitorship is designed to be flexible to suit the needs of candidates. When applying, in addition to telling us about the project/activities you would pursue while in residence, please specify your time availability (e.g. one day a week for a year, full-time for three months). The proposed activities should include plans for sharing knowledge with faculty and students in the Planning Program (e.g. hosting a workshop, giving a lecture, teaching a graduate seminar class).

The application deadline is April 10, 2023. 

To apply please send a curriculum vitae and a 2-page plan of proposed activities by email attachment to the Chair of the Geography Department, Professor Richard DiFrancesco (

Inquiries may be addressed to Associate Chair and Director, Graduate Program in Planning, Professor Katharine Rankin (