I’m a researcher and writer interested in issues 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.
My edited book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, is available on Amazon and through Oxford University Press. I have published freelance articles for Spacing, Moving in a Livable Region, and Buzzbuzzhome, and research articles in international academic journals. Teaching, supervising Masters students, and advising Ph.D. students on alt-ac careers are also important components of my work. Currently, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management.