Freelance Writing


Khan, A. and Thomas, R. (2023). Expert Insight: The New Mobility Era: Leveraging Digital Technologies for More Equitable, Efficient, and Effective Public Transit. IRPP Insight No. 52. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy

Thomas, R. (2023)  Let’s stop calling it a housing crisis. Policy Options (part of How does Canada fix the housing crisis? series), November 14, 2023. 

Gahagan, J. and Thomas, R. (2022) Canada’s national housing strategy: Is it really addressing homelessness and affordability? The Conversation, November 16, 2022.

Thomas, R. (2021) More innovative transit, mixed-use development and cities’ essential workers. Policy Options (part of Reshaping our Cities after the Pandemic Shockwave series), June 18, 2021.

Gahagan, J. and Thomas, R. (2021) LGBTQ+ Canadian baby boomers in need of safer housing in senior years. The Conversation, January 13, 2021.

Syvixay, J. and Thomas, R. (2020) A city for all. Winnipeg Free Press, September 26 2020.

Thomas, R. (2017) Reflections on the life of John Friedmann. Spacing Vancouver. June 13, 2017.

Thomas, R. (2015) Canadians are increasingly choosing urban life over the suburbs: here’s what’s driving the shift. March 11, 2015.

Thomas, R. (2015) Metro Vancouver needs to keep up with its Millennials. Moving in a Livable Region blog. February 24, 2015.

Thomas, R. (2013) Policy transfer among academic and practicing planners. University of Amsterdam Urban Planning blog. October 11, 2013.

Thomas, R. (2013) A reluctant cyclist in Europe’s cycling capital. Spacing Vancouver. April 15 (Part 1) and April 22 (Part 2), 2013.

Thomas, R. (2012) Get with the plan (Marpole edition)! Spacing Vancouver. May 16, 2012.

Thomas, R. (2012) Collaborative CityStudio breaks new ground. Spacing Vancouver. April 25, 2012 (pictured here).

Thomas, R. (2012) A HiVE of activity. Spacing Vancouver. March 28, 2012.

Thomas, R. (2012) Walk the talk. Spacing Vancouver. February 29, 2012.

Thomas, R and Vilches, S. (2011) Thoughts on Canadian Planning Context and Perspective. Newsbytes: School of Community and Regional Planning Newsletter.

Thomas, R. (2008) Youth transit advisory committees. Plan2Plan: Canadian Association of Planning Students Newsletter.


Thomas, R. (2022). (Special Issue: Hope) HazNet: The Magazine of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, 17(1): 24. 



Thomas, R. (2011) Ph.D. Survival Guide.