Academic Writing

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Olsson, L. and Thomas, R. (2024). Mobility justice or transit boosterism? The use of rail transit as an urban transformation strategy in Kitchener, Canada and Malmö, Sweden. Mobilities. DOI:   

Thomas, R. (2023). Protecting Affordable Housing in Transit-Served Areas. Plan Canada 63(3): 34-37.

Thomas, R., Blackmore, H., and Gahagan, J. (2023). Identifying barriers associated with LGBT seniors’ housing: opportunities moving forward in the Canadian context. Canadian Planning and Policy 2023: 84-109. OPEN ACCESS.

Thomas, R. (2022). Housing as a collective investment, versus a means to individual wealth. Planning Theory and Practice.

Thomas, R. and Salah, A. (2021). Supporting non-profit and co-operative housing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Housing and Society.

Redden, M., Gahagan, J., Kia, H., Humble. A. M., Stinchcombe, A., Manning, E., Ecker, J., de Vries, B., Gambold, L. L., Oliver, B., & Thomas, R. (2021). Housing as a determinant of health for older LGBT Canadians: Focus group findings from a national housing study. Housing and Society. OPEN ACCESS

Thomas, R. (2020). Will only the strong survive? Municipal approaches to rental housing in Canada. Canadian Journal of Urban Research 29(2): 87-101.

Thomas, R. (2020). Social equity and disadvantage. In Carey Curtis (ed.) Handbook of Sustainable Transport, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (pp. 37-47).

Thomas, R. (2019). Rental housing approaches across Canada. Plan Canada 59(3): 16-18.

Thomas, R. (2019). Transit-Oriented Development: What can Canadian planners learn from other jurisdictions? Plan Canada 59(2): 19-21.

Thomas, R., Pojani, D., Lenferink, S., Bertolini, L., Stead, D. and van der Krabben, E. (2018) Is transit-oriented development (TOD) an internationally transferable policy concept? Regional Studies. DOI: OPEN ACCESS

Thomas, R. and Terashima, M. (2017) Aging Atlantic cities: Challenges and potential solutions for planners. Plan Canada 57(3): 8-11.

Thomas, R. and Bertolini, L. (2015) Policy transfer among planners in transit-oriented development. Town Planning Review 86(5): 537–560. DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2015.32

Thomas, R. and Bertolini, L. (2015) Defining critical success factors in TOD implementation using rough set analysis. Journal of Transport and Land Use 10(1): 139-154. DOI: 10.5198/jtlu.2015.513 OPEN ACCESS

Thomas, R. and Bertolini, L. (2014) Beyond the case study dilemma in urban planning: Using a meta-matrix to distil critical success factors in transit-oriented development. Urban Policy and Research 32(2): 219-237. DOI: 10.1080/08111146.2014.882256Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.36.02 PM<

Thomas, R. (2013) Viewing immigrants’ housing and neighbourhood choices through the lens of community resilience. Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society (S.A.P.I.E.N.S.) 6(1). OPEN ACCESS

Thomas, R. (2013) Resilience and housing choices among Filipino immigrants in Toronto. International Journal of Housing Policy 13(4): 408-432. DOI:10.1080/14616718.2013.840112

Thomas, R. (2010) “Why can’t we get around?” Travelling under constraints in Metro Vancouver. Canadian Journal of Urban Research 19(1): 89-110.

Thomas, R. (2009) Tomorrow’s transportation demographics: Youth and young adults. Plan Canada 49(4): 22-25.

Thomas, R. (2008) Engaged or disinterested? Youth political and civic participation in Canadian transportation planning. Critical Planning 15(1): 121-139.

Thomas, R. (2004) Instead of global warming: Husky Industrial Campus. Landscape Architecture 94(6): 60-66.

Thomas, R. (2002) A city’s sense of snow. Landscape Architecture 92(12): 123-127.

Thomas, R. (2000) Learning from A.E. Bye. Land Forum 2(3): 68-73

Encyclopedia Entries and Book Reviews

Thomas, R. (2022). Tipping Points. In In: Maggino, F. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Cham.

Thomas, R. (2017). The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies (book review). Journal of Planning Education and Research. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X17707812

Thomas, R. (2017). Town and Crown: An Illustrated History of Canada’s Capital (book review). Journal of Planning Education and Research. DOI 10.1177/0739456X16688769

Thomas, R. (2014) Tipping Points. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. Volume 11, 6667-6670.


Thomas, R. (2011) Resiliency in Housing and Transportation Choices: The Experiences of Filipino Immigrants in Toronto. Ph.D. Dissertation. UBC. Supervisory committee: Penny Gurstein (supervisor), Tom Hutton and Elvin Wyly. Download the Summary here.

Thomas, R. (2007) The Social Travel Patterns of Youth and Young Adults. Masters Thesis. UBC.