Photo by C.S. Cosco

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, 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.

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