Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Leela Viswanathan

Associate Professor, MCIP, RPP
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D304
613-533-6000 ext. 75038

Leela Viswanathan teaches on topics including social planning, planning history, qualitative research methods, approaches to planning with Indigenous People and urban political geography. Her professional expertise in social policy, integrated comprehensive planning approaches, and community development with diverse populations informs both her teaching and her research. She is a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.


  • B.A. (McGill)
  • M.E.S. Planning (York)
  • Ph.D. (York)


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Research Interests:

Dr. Viswanathan’s research emerges at the intersection of planning, equity and diversity. She is Principal Investigator on a multi-year SSHRC-funded collaborative research project examining approaches to planning with Indigenous peoples. See PWIP Research Group. The aim of the research is to enhance Indigenous-municipal relations in the context of land use planning in Southern Ontario. Her ongoing research interests involve theories and practices of: (1) planning with First Nations; (2) planning pedagogy and service learning; and (3) race and cross-cultural relations. She frequently collaborates with community-based and academic researchers to address both technical and adaptive planning problems at local and regional geographic scales.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 389 kB)