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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

Implementing affordable housing: a practical guide

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...

Housing vulnerability during the pandemic: Part II

Housing vulnerability during the pandemic: Part II

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On April 10th, I wrote a post about housing vulnerability during the pandemic, including interim programs and policies to support...

Leadership in a crisis

Leadership in a crisis

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MacEachen Institute is doing a live webinar tonight on Leadership in a Crisis, as part of its new COVID-19 series....

Housing vulnerability during the pandemic

Housing vulnerability during the pandemic

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Nothing illustrates entrenched values and inequity like a pandemic. Not only are some communities not receiving desperately needed COVID-19 tests,...