Daniel Iwama

Daniel Iwama


MA Planning, University of British Columbia
BA Philosophy, University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest:

Community Development, Planning Theory, Social Justice, militarism, planning with indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, political geography



I am a PhD candidate, broadly interested in the politics of local government and land-use planning in contested cities characterized by colonial occupation and conflict. My doctoral research investigates conjunctures of planning and indigenous repossession in urban Okinawa, through a case study of military base return. Prior to returning to the academy, I worked in funding and community development in Vancouver. In the past, I received degrees in philosophy and planning from the University of British Columbia. I am an SSRC fieldwork fellow (with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), and carry a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

I was raised in Vancouver, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. In my free-time, I like to take photos, fish, and ride bicycles.