Janice Barry

Associate Professor


PhD, Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2011

MA, Canadian Studies & Native Studies, Trent University, Canada, 2004

BSc, Environmental Science & Biology, Trent University, Canada, 2000

Contact information

519-888-4567 ext. 41547
Location: EV3 3247 

Curriculum Vitae

Academic honours

  • 2021 Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
  • 2015 Faculty Outreach Award, University of Manitoba

Research interests

  • Politics of community engagement & collaborative approaches to planning
  • Planning policies, institutions and governance
  • Planning theory
  • Settler colonialism, Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations and contemporary planning practice
  • Decolonization of planning practice and planning education
  • Interpretative and critical policy analysis
  • Qualitative research (case studies, interview-based methods, and discourse analysis)
  • Community-engaged teaching and research

Research grants/projects

  • Co-Investigator, Niwiigwaaminaanin: Co-Design for On-Reserve Housing, SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PI: Mason White, University of Toronto)

  • Principal Investigator, Between Virtue and Profession: Urban Planning and the Public Participation Industry in Canada and Australia, SSHRC Insight Development Grant

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Sewá:ko (arriving home): Indigenous housing and building for the next seven generations, New Frontiers in Research Fund, Exploration Grant (Co-PI: Susan Roy, University of Waterloo)

  • Co-Investigator, Six Miles Deep: Mapping Histories of Environmental Transformation in the Grand River Territories of the Haudenosaunee, SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PI: Susan Roy, University of Waterloo)

Current research opportunities

While I like to involve students in my current research projects when interests align and funding is available, I usually work with students who are keen to conduct independent research in one of the following areas:

  • Planning by and with Indigenous peoples in urban and/or non-urban contexts
  • Critical perspectives on settler colonial planning
  • Critical perspectives on participatory and/or collaborative planning, with a focus on broad questions of governance, justice, and democracy

Contact Janice Barry for more information on research opportunities.

Graduate student supervision


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Recent/key publications

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  • Porter, L. & Barry, J. (2016). Planning for Coexistence? Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. Abingdon, UK: Routledge

Recent book chapters

  • Kitson, A.*, Barry, J., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (In Press). Urban Futurities: Identity, Place and Property Development by Indigenous Communities in the City. In: N. Postero, I. A. V. Nimatuj, K. Ruckstuhl, and J. A. McNeish (Eds.), A Critical Handbook on Indigenous Development. Routledge.

  • Barry J. (2016). Not stakeholders in these parts: Indigenous peoples and urban planning. In: Y. Beebeejaun (Ed), The Participatory City (pp. 23-29). Berlin: Jovis.

  • Barry, J. (2016). Government-to-Government Planning and the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Title in the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. In: R. Thomas (Ed), Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach (pp. 168-175). Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada.

Other publications

  • Barry, J. & Turriff, K.* (2020). First Nation-Municipal Relationships: Best Practices and Emerging Challenges in the Context of COVID-19. Unpublished report prepared for the Region of Waterloo.
  • Barry, J. & McNeil, J.* (2019). Indigenous Rights and Planning: From Recognition to Meaningful Coexistence? Plan Canada 59(1): 52-56.
  • Hallbom, A.*, Halldorson, E.*, & Barry, J. (2018). Treaty Land Entitlement in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. Plan Canada 58(3): 10-12.
  • Koch, M*. & Barry, J. (2017). Treaty Principles Are Planning Principles: Learning from the Experiences of Manitoban Planning Practitioners. Plan Canada 56(4): 22-24.

Courses taught

  • Plan 346 Advanced Planning Tools: Public Participation, Negotiation and Mediation
  • Plan 474/674 (Special Topics): Indigenous Peoples and Community Planning
  • Plan 800: PhD Colloquium
  • Plan 802: Advanced Planning Theory