Leonie Sandercock joined the School of Community & Regional Planning at UBC in July 2001 and served as Director of the School from July 2006 to November 2007. Her main research interest is in working with First Nations, through the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue, on the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and partnership. She is using her recently completed documentary (with Giovanni Attili) ‘Finding Our Way’ as a catalyst for dialogues in BC communities.

Other research interests include immigration, cultural diversity and integration; participatory planning, democracy, and information and communication technologies; fear and the city, particularly as this relates to ‘fear of the other’; the possibilities of a more therapeutic model of planning; the importance of stories and storytelling in planning theory and practice; and the role of multimedia in planning.

Leonie was Professor and Head of Graduate Urban Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney from 1981-1986, before moving to Los Angeles where she had two careers, one in screenwriting, the other teaching in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA, both of which were life-transforming experiences.

She has also written books about sport (Australian football) and about the Australian labor movement, and had one of her screenplays produced as an ABC TV Movie of the Week in 1992 while living in LA. Her best known urban writings are Cities for Sale (1975); Public Participation in Planning (1975); The Land Racket (1979); Urban Political Economy: the Australian Case (1983), with Mike Berry; Making the Invisible Visible: A Multicultural History of Planning (1998); Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities (1998); and Cosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century (2003). She now collaborates with Giovanni Attili (Univesity of Rome) on documentaries and books: Where Strangers Become Neighbours: the integration of immigrants in Vancouver, Canada (2009), and an edited collection Multimedia in Urban Policy and PLanning: Beyond the Flatlands. (2010).

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