David F. Brown, PhD, FCIP, MOUQ is an Associate Professor and former Director (1999 - 2010) of the School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, CANADA. Educated at Bishop's University (BA Geography), McGill University (MUP) and Sheffield University where he completed his doctorate in planning, he teaches graduate level planning studios, urban environmental planning, geographic information system applications, and planning methods. He is a member of the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
David completed his PhD research on the ways that residents in hillside squatter settlement flaking Port of Spain, Trinidad sought to improve their living conditions through individual and community effort. In addition to this work, which falls within the domain of person-environment studies, his research and professional interests include urban development and management, environmental planning, planning issues associated with climate change, and the role of public institutions, community groups and citizens in the planning and development process. He has extensive research experience in Canada, Central America, the Caribbean Basin, and China.
As a professional, David worked on a good number of projects, notably in association with Daniel Arbour and Associates Ltd. and GENIVAR Ltd. His recent projects vary from central city development plans (Port of Spain) to regional development in rural settings in southern Trinidad, to a countrywide Sustainable Island Resource Management Zoning Plan for Antigua and Barbuda.
David has also been very active with professional and community associations. He has served on CIP's National Council twice, first as a representative of the Ordre des Urbanistes de Québec in the late1970s, and later as ACUPP representative from 2001 to 2005. Additional responsibilities include: President of the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs, Member of the Board of Governors of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and Editor of Canadian Planning and Policy, an annual publication of academic papers that is financially supported by the CIP.