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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

Oregon eliminates single-family residential zoning

Oregon eliminates single-family residential zoning

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On June 30th, the Oregon Senate approved a bill that effectively eliminates single-family residential zoning, allowing duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes...

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Institute of Planners

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Institute of Planners

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I’m live blogging today from the Canadian Institute of Planners conference: centenary edition! CIP celebrates its 100th birthday today and...

Check out the latest on the rental housing study!

Check out the latest on the rental housing study!

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  Which policy approaches contribute to strong rental housing protection and implementation in Canadian cities? What factors contribute to municipalities’...

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...