Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Head and shoulders photo of Dr. Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

Assistant Professor
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E302
613-533-6000 ext. 74996

I am recruiting students for funded MA and PhD positions in critical economic and urban geography at Queen's University starting in Fall 2021. (pdf, 136kB).

I am an urban and economic geographer/planner with a mix of academic and professional experience. I completed a Master's of Science in Planning at the University of Toronto and subsequently worked as a planner and researcher in both the private sector and for the City of Toronto. Based on this experience I developed a research interest into how and why different policies become seen as the 'common sense' solution to a problem.

After leaving the City of Toronto I returned to academia to undertake a PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia (UBC). At UBC my dissertation explored how market-based education policies spread throughout the United States. My post-doctoral fellowship at Concordia University extended this research interest into Canada and new subject areas such as impact investing and social finance.

B.A. (University of Toronto)
M.Sc. Pl (University of Toronto)
PhD (University of British Columbia)

Links: Critical Geographies of Education Specialty Group

Research Interests:

My research interests are broadly in the area of urban and economic geography and the role of policymaking and planning in urban and economic life. 

My past and current research projects have largely centered around an increasing reliance on market systems of service provision to plan the delivery of public goods such as education. Through these projects my work has touch on several subject areas such as: (1) the geographies of markets and marketization; (2) the role of schooling in shaping urban dynamics; (3) the movement of policy between cities; and, (4) new models of social finance and impact investing.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf, 135kB)