The Graduate Program in Urban Studies and the School of Public Policy invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting September 2019. The position will be a joint appointment (50% Urban Studies, 50% Public Policy) with an administrative home in Urban Studies. The ideal candidate will be an urban and public policy researcher whose work addresses housing challenges and public policy applications, conditions and solutions in a dynamic and interdisciplinary manner.

Candidates will show promise in housing policy and planning in some combination of market, non-market, and informal housing systems. We expect expertise in the Canadian context; expertise in housing research in geographically comparative context(s) is an advantage. Candidates should be attentive to the role of housing development in city building, social justice, and economic outcomes.

Candidates will build an externally-funded research program that complements and contributes to our urban and public policy research strengths, pursue collaboration and community engagement across campus and beyond, and strengthen SFU’s contributions to public policy discourse and outreach.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an emergent record of scholarly accomplishment, as demonstrated by publications in leading academic journals and/or with leading academic presses, or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, and strong endorsements from letters of reference.

They will demonstrate capacity for effective graduate teaching in Urban Housing Policy and courses appropriate to their fields in the Urban Studies and Public Policy curricula. Ability to teach research methods and experiential learning courses are assets.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a social science discipline with an urban studies and public policy specialization in hand by the time of appointment.

For more information about the Urban Studies Program and the School of Public Policy, which are both located at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus, please visit our respective websites: and

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is situated in Metro Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the x?m??kw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and S?l?ílw?ta? (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.
This is an entry-level position. Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. This position is subject to availability of funding and approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Applications should be submitted electronically to Professor Meg Holden at Candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their research strengths and future research and engagement plans as they relate to both urban studies and public policy, a curriculum vitae, a representative publication, syllabi for a proposed graduate course in Urban Studies and a proposed graduate course in Public Policy, teaching evaluations (if available), and a one-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. They should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Applications will be reviewed beginning March 22, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee’s secretary at

Search Committee chair
Professor Meg Holden, Graduate Program in Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3
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