John Curry is a retired professor and past chair of the School of Environmental Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia. He has extensive Canada-wide experience working with small and medium size communities in the areas of economic, social, and ecological planning and development. He was, for five years, editor-in-chief of Plan Canada, the professional journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
His research focused on: examining barriers to change towards sustainability; climate change processes of adaptation at a community and regional level; and new venture and entrepreneurial development in First Nations and non-First Nations communities. The First Nations research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Curry currently teaches the graduate planning course Sustainability and Urban Communities at the University of Toronto and the graduate theory and studio courses and the undergraduate introductory planning and studio courses at Ryerson University. He was awarded the Bousefield Distinguished Visitorship at the University of Toronto for 2017/18.