Dr. Leonora (Nora) C. Angeles is Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She is also faculty research associate at the UBC Centre for Human Settlements where she has been involved in a number of applied research and capacity-building research projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. Her continuing research and interests are on community and international development studies and social policy, participatory planning and governance, participatory action research, and the politics of transnational feminist networks, women’s movements and agrarian issues, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.


GENDER, COMMUNITY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING: gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the intergration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work.

PARTICIPATORY PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE: conditions, factors and principles that contribute to the democratization of governance and planning processes; opportunities and constraints in civic engagement for deliberative local governance, including those that relate to the challenges of political decentralization, participatory budgeting and use of participatory planning tools such as Participatory Rural Appraisal; understanding the context of public participation and community organizing using the lenses of social identities and difference including class, gender, race, sexuality, (dis)ability and life cycle.

TRANSNATIONALISM AND FEMINISM: politics and planning practices of national and international women’s organizations and other social movements from transnationalism studies perspectives.

PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH, FEMINIST RESEARCH and OTHER QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES: principles, ethical considerations, and challenges in doing (feminist) Participatory Action Research within community-university partnerships and capacity-building projects in local and international contexts.