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Ren Thomas

Assistant Professor, School of Planning
Dalhousie University

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

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

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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


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Experiencing racism in daily life

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Check out our webinar on barriers to LGBT housing for seniors!

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As part of Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan’s SSHRC-funded study, Housing Neeeds of Older LGBT Canadians, we were pleased to present a...

Help us evaluate your city’s rental housing approach!

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As part of our SSHRC-funded project, Rental housing in Canadian municipalities: Barriers and solutions to implementation, we’re running our second...

Implementing affordable housing: a practical guide

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Communities across the country are experiencing affordability challenges, seen in high rents, low vacancy rates, and loss of affordable renting...