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Andrejs Skaburskis Appointed Professor Emeritus

The Queen’s University Senate has honoured Dr. Andrejs Skaburskis by appointing him as Professor Emeritus on July 1, 2014.

Andrejs received a B.Arch from McGill and worked as an architect and urban designer in Montreal prior to graduate school. He earned an M.Arch, MCP and PhD from UC Berkeley, graduating with many awards and a passion for urban economics. Dr. Skaburskis was a consultant in Vancouver and visiting lecturer at UBC and Berkeley from 1977-84.

Andrejs began his service to Queen's University in 1984, when he was first appointed as an Associate Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning. He was promoted to full Professor in 1995. Dr. Skaburskis was SURP's admission coordinator for over twenty years, recruiting hundreds of graduate students to the School. Somewhere along the way he became an award-winning photographer.

As a scholar, Dr. Skaburskis has published over 19 books and monographs and over 140 articles and chapters. He has held research grants from SSHRC, CIDA and CMHC in housing policy, regional science and urban economics. Professor Skaburskis' research is widely cited, has won several awards and been reprinted in anthologies and textbooks. Since 2005, he has helped guide research internationally as North American editor of Urban Studies, one of the highest impact journals in the field.

As a teacher, Andrejs introduced hundreds of students to urban economics and quantitative methods; supervised almost 100 masters theses and research reports, co-published many articles with his students and encouraged them to pursue doctoral studies. His former students hold faculty appointments at Brock, Queen’s, Ryerson, Toronto, Waterloo and Western universities. Professor Skaburskis received a book of anecdotes and good wishes  from former students at a recent dinner in his honour; he was also presented with an engraved chair by his colleagues and friends. 

We don’t expect Andrejs to retire from research or editing, but he may find new ways to ride off into the sunset.