Photo by C.S. Cosco

I’m a researcher and writer working on urban problems in areas such as housing, immigration, transportation, growth management, and governance. I have a B.L.Arch from the University of Toronto, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP).

I have been a researcher for nine years, and have been the Principal of Ren Thomas Urban Research & Consulting since 2011. I have also worked in a variety of public, private, and non-profit settings, including the Ontario Growth Secretariat, the University of Amsterdam, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver, and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. For more about my consulting services, please check out my Consulting page.

I have published freelance articles for Spacing VancouverMoving in a Livable Region, and the Urban Land Institute. My edited book of case studies in Canadian planning will be published in late 2015 (check out my Publications page). Teaching, supervising Masters students, and advising Ph.D. students on alt-ac careers are also important components of my work.

This website is designed and hosted at, with portraits provided by C.S. Cosco. All other artwork is mine.