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Planning, Policy, and Community-Engaged Research

Viswali Consulting offers research services that draw from our human-centred planning and policy expertise, deep curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit. We are specialists in planning and policy research and writing for diverse audiences. We utilize qualitative methods as well as community-engaged and participatory research techniques. Please refer to our Guiding Ethical Principles found on our About page. The publications on this page offer a small sample of our research and writing for diverse audiences.

About Viswali

Community Relationship Building

Dr. Leela Viswanathan has written book chapters that have brought together planning research and community development to address racism and exclusion in cities, and to enhance civic engagement. To learn more about community building that fosters anti-oppression and cross-cultural relationship building, please refer to these sources:

Planning and Indigenous Peoples

Viswali Consulting is guided by OCAP® principles of ownership, control, access, and possession in research with First Nations. OCAP® is a registered trademark of the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC); to find out more, visit

From 2011 to 2020, Dr. Viswanathan partnered with community researchers from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation and led a team of academic researchers from three Ontario universities to explore opportunities to decolonize land use planning practices and formally embed processes of reconciliation into planning legislation. Together they co-created the Planning With Indigenous Peoples (PWIP) Research Group and website hosted at Queen’s University. The PWIP Research Group produced research publications, including the following co-authored articles. This research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and followed ethics guidelines provided in TCPS2 Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada.

Settler-Indigenous Relationships

Dr. Viswanathan is frequently invited to speak about settler-Indigenous relationships in different contexts, such as planning and education.

To learn more about her work in reimagining settler-Indigenous relations in planning, refer to:

Urban Planning Futures

To mark the 100th anniversary of planning as a registered profession in Canada, Dr. Viswanathan collaborated with planners and community partners in writing several articles, including the following: