Dr. Penelope Gurstein

Professor and Director, SCARP, University of British Columbia

Dr. Penny Gurstein is Professor and Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements at UBC.


UBC Professor Penny Gurstein tells us what she loved about Mitacs Globalink

UBC School of Community and Regional Planning Professor Penny Gurstein told us what her Globalink intern, Hongru, contributed to her research project. Hongru is a Mitacs Globalink intern from Peking University, China.

Penny Gurstein speaks at Sam Sullivan's May 2011 Public Salon

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Closing Remarks at "Planning the Vancouver Metropolitan Region" Symposium

Closing remarks by project co-chairs Penny Gurstein and Tom Hutton at the symposium, "Planning the Vancouver Metropolitan Region: A Critical Perspective." Presented by the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), April 15-16, 2014.

Wired to the World, Chained to the Home: Telework in Daily Life by Penny Gurstein (2001-12-01)
by Penny Gurstein
UBC Press
January 1, 1970

Gender sensitive community planning: A case study of the Planning Ourselves In Project

Published by Canadian Journal of Urban Research

1996 Corresponding with the current concern to change the centre of gravity within academia to encompass women's knowledge and experience, there are theorists reconsidering fundamental assumptions that exhibit a gender bias in the philosophy and practice of planning...

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As the first woman to achieve tenure at UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), Penny Gurstein has evolved into a leader in planning education, recognized for learning-by-doing, community engagement and socially just planning. Gurstein introduced perspectives on gender and social justice into the planning process and transformed the school into Canada’s leader for Indigenous and social planning education. She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning, with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. As Director, Gurstein oversaw the development of a new degree program in SCARP, the Master of Community and Regional Planning, which provides innovative, real-world learning experiences for students. Following Penny’s example, the next generation of planners is inspired to tackle Vancouver’s biggest planning problems with social consciousness and a desire to serve the community.


YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education, Training and Development


Additional Titles and Affiliations

Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) Partnership Council

Organizing Committee for Master of Engineering Leadership Urban Systems

Applied Science Appointments Retention Promotion and Tenure (ARPT) Committee

Academic Development Leadership Program (ALDP)


  • Work and Society
  • Planning for Equity and Urban Sustainability
  • Multimedia and Planning
  • Affordable Housing
  • Technology
  • Community-Based Research


  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • The University of British Columbia

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