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Ren Thomas PhD, RPP, MCIP

Ren Thomas PhD, RPP, MCIP




Brief Biography

I’m a researcher, writer, and instructor who is passionate about planning, with a focus on housing, transportation, growth management policies, and governance. I have a M.A. and Ph.D. from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). My understanding of planning also enhanced by working at the University of Amsterdam for two years, and at the University of Oregon for nine months. Living in co-operative housing has also given me an understanding of non-profit board governance and collaborative decision-making. 

I have worked on a number of nationally funded research projects and am a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie University. I have collaborated with researchers and non-profit organizations in different disciplines including anthropology, nursing, health promotion, and urban studies in Canada, the Netherlands, and Sweden. As an Assistant Professor at the School of Planning, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in planning and supervise Masters and Bachelors students, most of whom have gone on to work as professional planners. My edited book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, and my second book, Transit-Oriented Development: Lessons from International Case Studies, aim to share lessons from case studies to help planners develop their own innovative solutions to local problems.