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Heather Dorries

Indigenous politics and policy; Indigenous-Canada relations; urban planning and policy

Phone:613-520-2600 x 8544
Office:5142 Richcraft Hall

Assistant Professor

Heather joined the School of Public Policy and Administration in May, 2015. She has research interests in the fields of indigenous policy and urban planning. She holds a BA from McGill University and a MScPl and PhD in Planning from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. 

Urban Planning has often been characterized as an idealistic, progressive profession that promotes equality and sustainability. Heather’s research interests arise from the dilemmas that confront planners in light of the field’s commitment to social justice on the one hand, and the ways that planning processes are implicated in the erosion of Indigenous sovereignty and the creation of conflicts over urban land use and development in Canada.  

Heather has previously worked as a researcher specialized in environmental planning and Indigenous knowledge systems. She has completed projects on Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental assessment, source water protection, and environmental contaminants for the Chiefs of Ontario and Environment Canada. 

After completing her graduate studies, Heather worked as an Assistant Professor in Geography at McMaster University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Environment and Sustainability Program in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to Carleton, Heather worked for the City of Toronto as Toronto Urban Fellow, where she conducted research on policies to support the well-being of children and families using a social determinants of health approach.  

Teaching (2015-2016)

  • Urban Sustainability (PADM 5619)
  • Economic and Community Development in Indigenous Territories (PADM 5716)
  • Issues in Contemporary Governance (PADM 5712)