Interview with Pamela Robinson on The Sidewalk Toronto Waterfront Development and Smart Cities


Schulich Executive Learning Centre
Director and Associate Professor

Pamela Robinson (MCIP, RPP) is director and associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson. She is also a registered professional planner. As part of the research team, Robinson's research and practice focus on urban sustainability issues with a particular focus on cities and climate change and the use of open data and civic technology to support open government transformations. She serves on the board of directors of the Metcalf Foundation and has participated in four Metrolinx Community Advisory Committees. Robinson is an editor of Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013), Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services (WLU Press, 2016) and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.

Teaching interests:

  • Land use planning
  • Environmental design
  • Planners' relationship with the public
  • Community-based learning

Philosophy of teaching:

To engage students in efforts to bridge the gaps between planning theory and practice. To encourage students to broaden their perspectives on the boundaries of planning with the goal of enriching how our cities look, feel and operate.

Research interests:

  • Urban sustainability
  • Cities and climate change
  • Open data
  • Civic technology
  • Open government
  • Public engagement
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning


MCIP Member, Canadian Institute of Planners RPP, Registered Professional Planner

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