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Dr. John Meligrana

Associate Professor and SURP Director, MCIP, RPP

School of Urban and Regional Planning

Department of Geography and Planning

(on leave from July 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024)


613-533-6000 ext. 77145

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D321

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John Meligrana teaches topics in legal and governmental processes, environmental planning and computer-aided design at Queen's University. He has also taught at California State University, Bishop's University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. John has several years of experience working as a planning consultant on a number of projects for both public and private clients.

John has published on a wide variety of topics concerning local government reform, most recently Redrawing Local Government Boundaries: An International Study of Politics, Procedures and Decisions (UBC Press).

John manages SURP's student exchange and internship program with Fudan University in Shanghai and China's Ministry of Land and Resources in Beijing. Each year, up to four SURP students have the opportunity to participate in the exchange program with Fudan University or the Internship with the Ministry of Land and Resources. John has also coordinated a two-week intensive training program in land use planning for approximately forty government officials from China's Ministry of Land and Resources for the past four years.

John was born and grew-up in Toronto. He has lived and worked in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and California. He is very pleased to have returned to Kingston and contribute to the SURP community as a faculty member.


  • B.A. (Toronto)
  • M.PL. (Queen's)
  • Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)


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Research Interests:

John Meligrana's research projects can be grouped into two main research directions.

One, he has published extensively on local government institutions and how they respond to urban growth and development, especially within the rural-urban fringe. In particular, John is interested in how local governments attempt to change their municipal territorial limits in response to fringe growth and development. Some of his publications can be found in Environmental and Planning A, Urban Studies and Urban History Review.

Two, John has recently begun to investigate topics in environmental management and urban planning in the People's Republic of China. He has partnered with the Institute of Biodiversity Science at Fudan University in Shanghai to investigate such topics as the relationship between water quality and urbanization, urban planning and development, and trends in public participation in urban planning. His China publications can be found in the journals Nature, Environment International, and Urban Studies. He has also co-authored numerous policy reports for the Chinese government particularly from projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency's Public Policy Options Project.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 155 kB)