Christopher De Sousa is a professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University and served as school director from 2011 to 2018. Prior to joining Ryerson, he was a faculty member and chair of the Urban Planning program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and the Urban Studies Program. He received his BA in Environment and Resource Management, his MSc in Planning, and his PhD in Geography all from the University of Toronto. He is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
De Sousa’s research activities focus on various aspects of brownfield redevelopment, urban environmental management, parks planning, and sustainability in Canada and the United States. He is wrapping up a multi-year research project examining brownfields redevelopment in Ontario funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His earlier research has been funded by Mitacs, the US Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, National Academies (HUD Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship), US Trade and Development Agency, Consul General of Canada, SSHRC, as well as by UW-Milwaukee, Ryerson University, and private foundations. De Sousa’s work has appeared in prominent journals in planning, geography, environmental and urban studies such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Environment and Planning B, the Professional Geographer, Local Environment, Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and Urban Studies.
De Sousa has been actively involved with government agencies and nonprofits in Canada and the United States that address urban-environmental issues. He was awarded Canadian Brownfielder of the Year in 2018 for his work as a champion for the sector. He currently serves as President of the Canadian Brownfields Network, is a Steering Committee member on the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Brownfields/Land Reuse Health Initiative, and serves on the Advisory/Executive Committee for Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development.