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Professor at School of Urban Planning, McGill University

Lisa Bornstein teaches, researches and practices in the fields of urban development, the politics of planning, comparative policy, and participatory processes. Currently she is based at McGill University, with a primary appointment in the School of Urban Planning and membership in the Faculty of Medicine (Institute for Health & Social Policy, Dept. of Social Studies of Medicine). Past work as a development practitioner included many years in Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil. Recent projects include participatory action research around climate adaptation (Colombia, Chile, Haiti, Ecuador, and Cuba), psycho-social and spatial research into flooding dynamics in Quebec, and community-university partnered research around reconciling large scale development with local and community aspirations in Montreal.


  • –present
    Professor at School of Urban Planning, McGill University, McGill University


    University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Management