Carolyn Whitzman

Urban Studies Program

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Carolyn Whitzman

Sessional Instructor

Teaching in 2021-2022 Fall/Winter:


URB337H1: Housing and Homelessness


Carolyn Whitzman is in the middle of her third career as a researcher, consultant, and advocate, focused on housing and planning policy that advances the right to the city.


In her first career (1989-99), she worked for the City of Toronto, developing integrated policy to prevent gender-based violence. This work became the basis for UN Women and UN-Habitat programs on Safer Cities for Women and Girls. Carolyn was later the lead researcher for a 3 year program on Gender Inclusive Cities (2009-11), based in four continents (Delhi, India; Rosario, Argentina; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Petrozavodsk, Russia)


In her second career (2003-19), she was a Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne, where she led research programs on Child Friendly Cities, disability inclusive development, and healthy communities as well as affordable housing and violence prevention programs.  She was active in promoting social planning within the Planning Institute of Australia, and was awarded as a Fellow with that Institute in 2017.


Professor Whitzman is the author, co-author or editor of five books related to ‘the right to the city’ in both a contemporary and historical perspective.  These include Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Routledge, 2013); Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (UBC Press, 2009), and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: Practical Planning Tools (Earthscan, 2008).  She is also the author or co-author of over 50 book chapters, articles and published conference presentations on housing policy, children’s independent mobility, women’s safety, and disability rights.  She frequently provides policy advice to local, state and national government and to the UN, including addressing the plenary at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in September 2016.


To see Dr. Whitzman’s recent projects, publications, and presentations, please click here.