Ren Thomas

Assistant Professor, School of Planning, FoSc
Founding Fellow, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance

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Dr. Ren Thomas is an Assistant Professor at the School of Planning and a Founding Fellow in the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Her research incluces a cross-case comparison of rental housing policies across 15 Canadian cities and a study on non-profit and co-operative housing in Halifax. She is currently writing a book on transit-oriented development for Palgrave MacMillan, summarizing a meta-analysis of 11 international case studies in TOD. Before coming to Dalhousie, Dr. Thomas held positions at the University of Oregon and the University of Amsterdam, and worked for a range of organizations including Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and BC Non-Profit Housing Association.


MA, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia
PhD, SCARP, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

Housing policy
Transportation planning
Growth management policy
Case studies

Notable Awards

Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Merit (2017, Planning Publications) for Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach (2016, Oxford University Press)

Recent Publications

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