Coordinator, MES Planning Program
PhD Cultural & Historical Geography, University of Toronto
MES (Evolution and Change in City Form), York University
BES Urban & Regional Planning, University of Waterloo
Urban and Regional Planning; Climate Change; Political Ecology of Exurbia; Exurban and Peri-Urban Planning; Nature and Environmental Politics; Integrating Energy and Land Use Planning; Rural Planning; Growth Management: Greenbelt Planning; Planning and Settlement Histories in & around Toronto.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
416 736 2100
I am interested in nature and environmental politics in urban and regional planning. Toronto is in the centre of an urban region that is home to one-quarter of Canada’s population. The Toronto urban region is a microcosm of global issues related to environmental and urban change, for example, how do we go about conserving nature close to where we live? Within this region, people live in many different kinds of urban and suburban neighbourhoods as well as exurban and rural areas in the countryside and cottage country. Where people live and work—the landscapes of people’s everyday lives—are shaped by a myriad of environmental, social, economic, and political processes into which land-use planning tries to intervene: these planning interventions are what I study.
Most of my research is on exurbia, and the environmental and planning impacts of the landscape of large-lot country residential homes at the urban-rural fringe outside of cities. I am interested in growth management approaches to limit sprawl and conserve nature, such as Toronto’s Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt.
More and more, I am interested in climate change, as the most pressing issue facing cities. Reducing emissions and adapting landscapes to extreme weather have become the focus of my work.
I teach courses on environmental planning, urban and landscape ecology, and environmental design.
Awards and Recognition
- Member of Urban Land Institute, Women’s Leadership Initiative Championship Team
- Member of Lambda Alpha International (The Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics)
|ES/ENVS 3226||Sustainable Urbanism|
|ENVS 5100||Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental Studies|
|ES/ENVS 6131||Environmental Planning|
|ES/ENVS 6132||Urban Environmental Design|