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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.
    Dr. Ingrid WaldronAssociate Professor, School of Nursing
  • 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.
    Aaron MurnaghanPrincipal Planner, Heritage, Halifax Regional Municipality

Blog

Canadian manufacturers mobilize against COVID-19

Canadian manufacturers mobilize against COVID-19

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Like many of you out there, I have been devastated to read the daily news over the past two weeks....

How is the pandemic changing your work?

How is the pandemic changing your work?

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Today, I was chatting with a friend about how the pandemic had caused him to question a number of things,...

Planning in the pandemic: Part 2

Planning in the pandemic: Part 2

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Yesterday I took a look at the ways travel, social services, civil liberties, and supports for workers are changing in...

Planning in the pandemic

Planning in the pandemic

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As COVID-19 ravages the globe, we have an unusual opportunity to ask ourselves: how do cities function in emergencies? What...