This year’s Intersections programming is organized by five research clusters in our department: Critical Planning, Political Ecology, Political Spaces, Physical Geography, and Transportation. Find below a brief description of each cluster’s interests for the year.



The Critical Planning Research Cluster seeks to enrich planning scholarship by engaging with, and learning from, radical planning practitioners and activists. We will pursue this work primarily by bringing together scholars and activists/practitioners to discuss urgent planning and urban issues. In so doing, we intend to focus especially on critical perspectives and planning strategies that are marginalized in mainstream discourse, in order to elaborate innovative approaches in the pursuit of social justice and the right to the city.

Some themes include: financialization, decolonization, transit and housing/land.



The Political Spaces research cluster investigates the contested and uneven politics of our human and more-than-human geographies. Members of the cluster are interested in a range of topics regarding the politics of space and the spaces of the political, including classic concerns of political geography such as borders, geopolitics, empire and territory, along with contemporary debates regarding the politics of scale, settler colonialism, race and racism, and feminist, queer and trans geographies. The research projects and interests of members are often connected to the work of communities and social movements and the forms of space they produce and contest.


The Transportation Research Cluster focusses on applied and theoretical aspects of transportation supply, demand, and infrastructure planning across multiple urban/rural contexts and spatial scales. We have overlapping interests in governance and decision making, active travel and health, social and economic impacts of travel, affordability and equity, and environmental costs. Many of the cluster members also develop and apply novel quantitative research methods involving spatial analysis and GIS.  This year our cluster is focusing our activities on invited speakers, community building roundtables, and social events.


More coming soon.