Dr. Bornstein's professional and research interests are international planning, economic development, environmental policy and planning, and institutions and governance.
Sustainable Infrastructure & Urban Development
For prospective doctoral students, priority topics for research (2020-24):
deliberative processes around 'sustainable development plans' -- current projects examine climate change adaptation and resiliency in Latin America and the Caribbean; neighbourhood/borough/municipal plans in Quebec (regarding flooding, energy networks, large-scale projects, or overall neighbourhood development); and comparative studies of deliberation and impacts of urban policy more generally critical perspectives on equity, justice, and resiliency in the face of crises (environmental, conflict, economic);
mental health (psychosis) and the city
pedagogy for the planning profession (with a focus on reflective practice, learning by doing, trans-disciplinarity, engaged scholarship, and field courses)