Markus Moos takes over as Director, School of Planning

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Markus standing with bikes

We are delighted to announce that Markus Moos is taking on the role of Director for the School of Planning in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. He is replacing Clarence Woudsma who has been in the role for 12 years. The School of Planning community, Faculty of Environment, and university community thank Woudsma for his service and dedication over these years.

Moos has been a faculty member in Planning for the past decade. He is a passionate and engaging teacher and internationally respected researcher. Moos holds a joint-honours bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies (Waterloo), a master’s degree in planning (Queen’s) and a PhD in urban and economic geography (UBC). Moos is also a registered professional planner.

Moos’ research examines the economies and demography of cities, housing, changing suburbs, and the impacts of planning practice on environmental sustainability and social equity. He has been credited for developing, “youthification” as a new concept to help explain inner city change. He is widely published in academic and professional outlets. His research has been featured in the media including the CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange, CTV News, The Globe & Mail, Atlantic Cities Magazine, CityLab, Spacing Magazine, Business Insider and UK’s Daily Mail.

Moos is also a seasoned administrator. He is currently an editor at Urban Studies, a leading journal in his field. Previously he has served on University Senate, liaised with the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto committee, and as Associate Director of the School of Planning, among other administrative tasks.

Please read Moos' letter to the University of Waterloo Community for more perspective on what he plans to bring to the role. 

Check out some videos of Moos in action!

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