Eric Rapaport

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Coordinator


Phone: 902-494-7801
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2


  • BSc, University of Wisconsin
  • MSc, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • PhD, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Current Teaching

  • PLAN 2006: Space, Place, and GIS
  • PLAN 3015/5015: Site Infrastructure
  • PLAN 4001: Environmental Planning Studio
  • PLAN 5303: Planning Methods A
  • PLAN 6251: Field Trip: Maritimes

Research Interests

Eric Rapaport has practical and academic experience in the field of planning. Prior to moving to Canada, he did his PhD on modelling of regional transportation and land use change modelling and air pollution impacts at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

His research focus is on land use change. In particular research has covered climate change and vulnerability analysis. This includes both physical infrastructure as well as social vulnerability assessments. Others area of interest include land use change over time using historical GIS as tool to investigate patterns of urban form change. Other areas of research with students have included the adaptation of GIS base multiple criteria for siting residential land use, community gardens and bike ways. He most recently published a paper for Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada on the impacts of Climate for the Atlantic Region in 2017.

Selected Publications

Krawchenko, T., Keefe, J., Manuel, P., Rapaport, E. (2016). Coastal climate change, vulnerability and age friendly communities: Linking planning for climate change to the age friendly communities agenda. Journal of Rural Studies, 44, 55-62

Rapaport, E., Manuel, P., Krawchenko, T., & Keefe, J. (2015). How Can Aging Communities Adapt to Coastal Climate Change? Planning for Both Social and Place Vulnerability. Canadian Public Policy, 41(2), 166-177.

Whitman E, Rapaport E, Sherren K. (2013). Modeling Fire Susceptibility to Delineate Wildland-Urban Interface for Municipal-Scale Fire Risk Management. Environmental Management, 52(6), 1427-39. doi: 10.1007/s00267-013-0159-9.

Rapaport, E., Watson, I., and Betts, S. (2012). On What Basis do Planners Determine Appropriate Setback Distances from Wind Turbines? An investigation of Canadian Municipalities. Energy Policy, 41, 782–789.

Memberships and Service

  • Member, Canadian Institute of Planners 
  • Member, LPPANS (Licensed Professional Planning Association of Nova Scotia)
  • Board Member, Halifax Cycling Coalition