Queen's University

School of

Urban and Regional Planning


Urban and Regional Planning

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Leela Viswanathan

B.A. (McGill), M.E.S. Planning, Ph.D. (York), MCIP, RPP
Associate Professor
Cross-appointed to Geography
Cross appointed to School of Environmental Studies

On academic leave July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Contact Information

Office: Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 532
Telephone: (613) 533-6000 x 75038
Email: leela.viswanathan[@]queensu.ca

Curriculum Vitae (547KB)

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Leela Viswanathan teaches health and social planning, qualitative research methods, and urban geography at Queen’s University. Her professional expertise in social policy, integrated comprehensive planning approaches, and community development with diverse populations informs both her teaching and her research. Leela is cross-appointed to the Department of Geography and to the School of Environmental Studies. She is a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.

Research Interests

My research emerges at the intersection of planning, equity and diversity and links theory with practice. My current research focuses on three areas: (1) planning with First Nations; (2) planning pedagogy and service learning; and (3) immigration and cross-cultural relations. I collaborate with community-based and academic researchers to address both technical and adaptive planning problems at local and regional geographic scales.