Leonie Sandercock


Leonie Sandercock is an author, screenwriter, and documentary film maker.

With Giovanni Attili, she made the award-winning documentary Where Strangers Become Neighbours. Sandercock and Attili's book plus DVD package, Where strangers become neighbours: the integration of immigrants in Vancouver, was published by Springer in 2009.

They worked together for a second documentary, Finding Our Way, which examines relations between First Nations and settler Canadians in northern BC. For more information, see: www.facebook.com/FINDING.OUR.WAY.thefilm

Sandercock and Attili have also published an edited collection, Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning: beyond the flatlands (Springer: August 2010), which looks at the uses of multimedia as a form of community engagement, policy dialogue, and empowerment.

Leonie is also a Professor in the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia where she has worked with the Musqueam First Nation to develop a Community and Regional Planning course for Indigenous students.

Her recent books include Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities (1998); the edited collection Making the Invisible Visible: a multicultural history of planning (1998); and Cosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century (2003), which won the Davidoff Award of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2005.

In 2005 Leonie received The Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban & Regional Planning, awarded by the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University. The 2005 Dale Prize theme was "Voices in Planning: Transforming Land Use Practice through Community Engagement".

In 2006 Leonie shared the First Prize (with Collingwood Neighbourhood House) in the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning for her work with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Vancouver (portrayed in the film Where Strangers become Neighbours) and for her essay ‘Cosmopolitan Urbanism'.

Leonie recently returned to filmmaking working with the Haida First Nation as a script consultant on Sgwaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife), the first feature film in the Haida language.

Films by Leonie Sandercock