Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Climate Change

Dalhousie University
January 18, 2022
(190) 249-4321

Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Climate Change


The School of Planning at Dalhousie University invites applications for a probationary tenure-stream Assistant Professor position, starting in July 2022.

Dalhousie University, located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada’s top research and teaching universities. Halifax is a growing and thriving mid-sized city that occupies a distinct natural setting on the Atlantic coast, and is the academic, cultural, and economic centre of Atlantic Canada.

The School of Planning at Dalhousie University serves the Atlantic region of Canada as the only professional planning school east of Quebec. The School offers graduate and undergraduate professionally accredited planning degrees (Bachelor of Community Design honours and Master of Planning), an undergraduate degree in community design and a research-based graduate degree (Master of Planning Studies). Current enrollment stands at over 50 graduate and 150 undergraduate students. We are a leading interdisciplinary planning school, equipping the next generation of planners to plan inclusive communities through experiential learning, innovative research, and community partnership. We foster and inspire planning for resilient, equitable and smart communities. Together, we embrace the core values of collaboration, innovation, community integration, diversity, and inclusion.

The School is looking for an outstanding candidate with research expertise in urban planning and climate change, particularly in the areas of climate change mitigation and/or adaptation. The successful candidate should have a clearly articulated and directed research focus and demonstrated promise in research and scholarship. We value interdisciplinary research approaches on creating just and sustainable physical environments that reconcile economic and social goals with the challenges of climate change. The successful candidate will be expected to advance a teaching and research agenda in one or more of the following sub-areas: spatial planning and analysis, infrastructure planning, urban design, planning history and theory, energy policy and sustainability assessments. The candidate should demonstrate proficient use of GIS technology in research and/or teaching. Experience in using visual representation techniques and technology in teaching would be considered assets.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in planning or a relevant field. The candidate should also have a professional degree in planning. Being a registered or licensed professional planner (RPP or LPP, for instance) as recognized by the Professional Standard Board (PSB) for planning profession in Canada, or demonstrating a commitment to seeking professional certification following acceptance of the offer, is a considerable asset. The new faculty member will be expected to teach core and elective courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs, supervise thesis students, advance the discipline through research and scholarship, and actively engage in administrative functions to shape the School’s future. In keeping with the School’s present strengths and directions, we expect the person in this position to be comfortable in an interdisciplinary setting, demonstrate leadership on collaborative activities, and bring innovative ideas to advance planning research and teaching.

For more information about the School of Planning, Dalhousie University, and Halifax, please go to these websites:

Candidates should provide statements of their teaching and research interests, examples of peer reviewed published work, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references (who may be contacted later with the applicant’s knowledge). Review of applications will begin February 8, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie’s vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Visit the Campus Check website for more information.


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