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Ren Thomas

Assistant Professor, School of Planning
Dalhousie University

Ren Thomas

Housing

I research affordable housing choices (rental, co-operative, and non-profit housing), and policy comparison and analysis.

Transportation

My focus is international case studies in transit-oriented development, transportation choices & patterns.

Policy

I research policy learning among planners, and am a Founding Fellow at the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance.

Read more about my research and areas of interest on the blog. 

Contact me if you’re interested in collaborating on a research project, if you’d like me to do a guest lecture, or if you’re interested in a career in planning.

 

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A summary of current and completed research projects and grants.

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Links to books, academic writing, freelance writing, and planning reports.

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Links to presentation files for public lectures, and papers presented

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  • Dr. Thomas' participation as a co-applicant on the grant and a panel moderator for the symposium were considerably beneficial to the SSHRC Connection grant project...her insights and expertise on housing policy, transportation policy and planning, and immigration were crucial to the grant team's discussions.
  • I have found Professor Thomas to be truly dedicated to her role as a planning professor and to revitalizing the professional planning community in Halifax.

Blog

Register for the CIP/CMHC webinar on affordable housing

Register for the CIP/CMHC webinar on affordable housing

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The Canadian Institute of Planning and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are holding a free webinar on affordable housing on...

Canada’s health research funding is gender-biased

Canada’s health research funding is gender-biased

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Dr. Holly Witteman’s research results are probably not surprising to female academics, professionals, or job applicants. Gender bias is real, and...

“Where are you from?”: A mini-treatise

“Where are you from?”: A mini-treatise

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I presented a paper at the Metropolis conference on immigration and migration in Halifax today. It was an inspiring day...

Future City Builders Lab

Future City Builders Lab

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Today I was honoured to be a mentor for the Future City Builders Lab in Halifax, an amazing initiative through...