Leonie Sandercock (born 1949 in Adelaide, Australia) is an Australian academic currently teaching at the School of Community & Regional Planning at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her research interests include immigration, cultural diversity and integration; participatory planning, democracy, and information and communication technologies; fear and the city; a more therapeutic model of planning; the importance of stories and storytelling in planning theory and practice; and the micro-practices of power, discourse, and institutions in urban governance.
Sandercock has a MFA (screenwriting) University of California at Los Angeles (1989), a PhD, Australian National University (1974) and a BA (Hons), University of Adelaide (1970). She has served as a senior academic in Australia at Macquarie University, RMIT University and the University of Melbourne, as well as UCLA. Sandercock is married to John Friedmann.
Her current research focuses on working with First Nations through the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue on the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and partnership. She is using her recently completed documentary (with Giovanni Attili), "Finding Our Way," as a catalyst for dialogues in British Columbian communities. (See www.mongrel-stories.com and www.facebook.com/FINDING.OUR.WAY.thefilm).
Other research interests include immigration, cultural diversity and integration; a more therapeutic model of planning; the importance of stories and storytelling in planning theory and practice; and the micro-practices of power, discourse, and institutions in urban governance.
Sandercock has published many books, the most influential of which is "Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities" (1998), and its sequel "Cosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities" which won the prestigious Paul Davidoff Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. These books established Sandercock as one of the foremost urban planning theorists concerning issues of multiculturalism in contemporary cities, and she is widely in demand internationally as a speaker.
In 2005 Sandercock was awarded the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning (community engagement), and in 2007 she received the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning for her writing on Cosmopolitan Urbanism and for her collaboration with Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. Her film (with Giovanni Attili), 'Where Strangers Become Neighbours" (National Film Board of Canada, 2007) has also won several awards.
She has also written books about sport (Australian football), and about the Australian labour movement, and had one of her screenplays produced as an ABC TV Movie of the Week in 1992. Her most recent publication (with Giovanni Attili, her research partner), is the edited collection, "Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning: beyond the flatlands" (2010).
- Sandercock, L and Attili, G (2010) Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning, Springer (ISBN 9789048132089)
- Attili, G and Sandercock, L (2010) Finding Our Way, 90 minute documentary, Vancouver: Moving Images.
- Sandercock, L and Attili, G (2009) Where Strangers Become Neighbours: integrating immigrants in Vancouver, Canada, Springer, (ISBN 9781402090349)
- Attili, G and Sandercock, L (2007) Where Strangers Become Neighbours, 50 minute documentary, Montreal: National Film Board of Canada
- Sandercock, L (2003) Cosmopolis II: Mongrel Cities in the 21st Century, London: Continuum (ISBN 0826470459 and 0826464637 (pbk.))
- Sandercock, L (1998) Towards Cosmopolis: planning for multicultural cities, London: John Wiley (ISBN 0471971979 and 0471971987 (pbk))
- Sandercock, L (Ed)(1998) Making the invisible visible : a multicultural planning history, Berkeley : University of California Press (ISBN 0520207343 (alk. paper) 052020735 (pbk))
- Sandercock, L (1990) Property, Politics, and Urban Planning: a history of Australian city planning, 1890-1990, Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Press.
- Sandercock, L (1979) The Land Racket, Canberra: Silverfish.
- Sandercock, L (1975) Cities for sale : property, politics and urban planning in Australia, Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press (ISBN 052284085X)