Graham Whitelaw

Dr. Graham Whitelaw, Associate Professor

Joint-Appoinment with School of Environmental Studies and School of Urban and Regional Planning
Queen’s University


I have over 20 years of experience in the land use and environmental policy fields, 10 of those with the Land Use Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment. My consulting experience includes providing services to government and the NGO sector. I am also an accomplished facilitator bringing innovation to the policy development process through public engagement processes. I completed my PhD in the School of Planning, University of Waterloo in 2006 and joined Queen's University in 2007. I am an Associate Professor with a joint-appointment at the School of Urban and Regional Planning (Department of Geography and Planning) and Environmental Studies at Queen’s University.

Research with PWIP

My research interests are focused on environmental assessment, land use planning, community based and multi-party monitoring and Indigenous planning. Currently I volunteer with the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition and the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation.

Other Research Interests

  • Environmental Planning and Management
  • Indigenous Planning and Resource Management
  • Role of Civil Society in Environmental Governance


  • McCarthy, D. D. P., Millen, Martin; Boyden, Mary; Alexiuk, Erin; Whitelaw, Graham, S; Viswanathan, Leela; Larkman, D.; Rowe, G., and Westley, Frances R. 2014. A First Nations-led social innovation: a moose, a gold mining company, and a policy window. Ecology and Society 19(4): 2.

  • McCarthy D., Crandall D., Whitelaw G.S., Westley F, Burnett, D. (2014). The Oak Ridges Moraine as a Social Innovation: Strategic Vision as a Social-Ecological Interaction. Ecology and Society. 19(1): 48. [PDF]

  • McLeod, F.; Viswanathan, L.; Whitelaw, G. S..; Macbeth, J.; King, C.; Alexiuk, E.; and McCarthy, D. 2015. Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of Land Use and Resource Management Policies in Ontario, Canada and their Intersection with First Nations. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 6(1). Retrieved from:

  • McLeod, F.; Viswanathan, L.; King, C.; Macbeth, J.; and Whitelaw, G. 2014. “2014 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) at a Glance: Changing Tides in Ontario Provincial Planning Policy with respect to First Nations Interests.” Publisher: Authors. [PDF]

  • Minkin, D., G. Whitelaw, D. McCarthy, L.J. S. Tsuji (2014). Cultural preservation and empowerment through land use planning: Identification of values in support of Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario, Canada, community based land use planning, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 43(1).

  • McCarthy, Daniel; Whitelaw, Graham; King, Carolyn; King, Clynt; Viswanathan, Leela; Cowan, Don; McGarry, Fred; and Scott Anderson. 2013. “Collaborative Geomatics and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.” International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9, 2, 1-15.

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