Tristan Cleveland

PhD Candidate

Tristan C.

Tristan Cleveland is an urban planner and PhD candidate. He is studying why so few new developments in Canada meet recognized standards for supporting human health and wellbeing, and how to fix that. His work has included developing national urban design standards and analyzing the connection between sprawl, infrastructure costs, and transportation for local governments. He is inspired by four years he spent as an advocate for sustainable planning at the Ecology Action Centre, in Halifax. He has written a weekly column on urban issues with The Star and continues to comment regularly on urban issues in various media and publications.

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Canadian Institute of Planners Candidate Member


  • Urban design standards for health and wellbeing.
  • Designing institutional responsibility, authority, and accountability to support public health.
  • Governing complex systems to achieve goals. 
  • Urban growth patterns and cost efficiency. 


  • Cleveland, T. (2016). “Building a Cross-sectoral Alliance To Create a Greenbelt for Halifax.” Public Sector Digest. June, 26-31
  • (In press). Cleveland, Tristan. (2018) “Marginalizing Poverty with Car-Dependent Design: The Story of Two Expulsions.” Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies.
  • Cleveland, T. (2017-2018). The Star Halifax, Urban Issues Column.