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Ren Thomas

Associate Professor, School of Planning
Dalhousie University

I’m a researcher, writer, and instructor who is passionate about planning, with a focus on housing, transportation, growth management policies, and governance. I have a M.A. and Ph.D. from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). As a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), I'm the Academic Director on the Canadian Institute of Planners Board of Directors (2020-2023).

I have worked on a number of nationally funded research projects and am a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie University. As an Associate Professor at the School of Planning, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in planning and supervise Masters and Bachelors theses/projects. I have worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including the Ontario Growth Secretariat, University of Oregon, University of Amsterdam, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. You can find my research articles under Publications, along with my two books, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach (AmazonOxford University Press, e-rental Redshelf) and Transit-Oriented Development: Learning from International Case Studies (Springer: Palgrave MacMillan).

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