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Pamela Robinson


Associate Dean - Graduate Studies and Special Projects (Faculty of Community Services) and Associate Professor, MCIP, RPP


B.A.H. (Queen's, 1991), M.PL. (Queen's, 1994), Ph.D. (University of Toronto, 2000)




416.979.5000 ext. 6762


Research Interests

Urban sustainability, environmental design, environmental planning, urban governance, public engagement and progressive pedagogy.

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.


I am an Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada;  a Registered Professional Planner (Ontario) and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Prior to joining the faculty at Ryerson, I was a lecturer in the Urban and Environmental Studies programs at Innis College, University of Toronto.

In 2004 I received the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Award for Teaching Excellence for my teaching in urban sustainability. In 1996 I received an OPPI Award for Planning Excellence for my work on a public consultation strategy in Kingston ON. 

I was a founding partner in Harper Longino Robinson, Community Planning and Development, a Kingston and Toronto based urban planning firm and I worked previously as a municipal planner.

I am currently a partner of Robinson & Gore Policy and Planning with Dr. Christopher Gore (Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson). My most recent clients include the Caucus of Senior Policy Officials (C-SPO) Climate Change Working Group (CC-WG), Canadian provinces and territories; the World Bank, the Town of Markham; WATERFRONToronto, and the City of Toronto. 

My research explores the role of design, governance and civic engagement in advancing urban sustainability.

For the last 10 years, I have been conducting research on Canadian municipal response to climate change. This research is now being funded by SSHRC (2009-2012). With funding from Canada’s GEOIDE Network and Ontario Centres for Excellence, I am currently evaluating the potential of Web 2.0 tools to engage citizens in their understanding of environmental change. And, I am the past Coordinator of the Ryerson Faculty of Community Services Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. With an active interest in planning pedagogy, I continue to explore new pedagogic approaches to advance planners’ capacity to respond to urban sustainability challenges.

I am the author of numerous articles and book chapters on Canadian municipal response to climate change. I am the co-editor with Ann Dale and Bill Dushenko of a recently accepted edited volume about third-generation urban sustainability responses. I am also the  "Green Space" columnist for Spacing Magazine (

I am the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation (, a board member of the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation ( and recently served as the Vice Chair of the Metrolinx Community Advisory Committee for the Electrification Study ( I am in my second term as a board member of the UN-Habitat Research Advisory Service ( In the spring of 2011, I was invited to participate in the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Women in University Research (



MCIP Member, Canadian Institute of Planners
RPP Registered Professional Planner
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
MRAIC Member of Royal Architectural Institute of Canada