Concordia University

Craig Townsend, PhD

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director (Urban Planning & Urban Studies), Geography, Planning and Environment

Office: S-H 1255-35 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5191

Craig Townsend is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. He has a Ph.D. from Murdoch University in Western Australia, a master's degree in city planning from the University of Calgary, and an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia. Craig's current research interests include the history, impacts, and financing of public transportation, and particularly rapid transit.

Montreal Metro ("Rapid Transit") Station

Teaching Activities

Courses Taught (Last 5 Years)

URBS 230 - Urbanization: Global and Historical Perspectives

URBS 310 - Urban Transportation

URBS 481 - Urban Planning in the Developing World

GEOG 495 - Field Research (Transit-Oriented Development in Vancouver)

HENV 615 - Research Group Seminar

Graduate Student Supervision

In Progress:

Joseph, Yogi. PhD (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). Urban Transport and Equity in India. (co-supervision with Govind Gopakumar). 2017-present.

Eftekhari, Yasaman. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). A Comparison of Above and Below Ground Rail Station Impacts on Housing Prices in Toronto and Vancouver. 2015-present.


Min, Wan. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). Modifiable Area Unit Problem (MAUP) Effects on Assessment of Accessibility by Public Transit. 2016.

Revington, Nick. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). Market Rental Housing Affordability and Accessibility to Rapid Transit in Montreal and Vancouver. 2015.

Durning, Matthew. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). A Direct Ridership Model for Rail Rapid Transit in Canada. 2015.

Mehreen, Rushdia. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). How are inner-city population densities affected by freeways? A study of eight Canadian cities. (Co-supervision with Jochen Jaeger). 2014.

Cherry, Tristan. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). Missing the bus: An assessment of metro-bus transfers in Bangkok, Thailand. 2012.

Yan, He. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). An Evaluation of Proposed Light Rail Transit Impacts on Land Use in Nanning, China. 2008.

Selected publications

Published Papers and Book Chapters

Townsend, C. (2017). Global Convergence and Divergence in Urban Transportation. pp. 409-425 in Bain, A.L. & Peak, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Revington, N. & Townsend, C. (2016). Market Rental Housing Affordability and Rapid Transit Catchments: Application of a New Measure in Canada. Housing Policy Debate. 26(4-5). pp. 864-886.

Durning, M. & Townsend, C. (2015). Direct Ridership Model of Rail Rapid Transit Systems in Canada. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2537. pp. 96-102.

Townsend, C. (2014). Spatial Measurement of Transit Service Frequency in Canada. Journeys. pp. 33-43.


Cherry, T. & Townsend, C. (2012). Assessment of Potential Improvements to Metro-Bus Transfers in Bangkok, Thailand. Transportation Research Record. 2276, pp. 116-122.


Townsend, C.& Zacharias, J. (2010). Built environment and pedestrian behavior at rail rapid transit stations in Bangkok.Transportation.37. pp. 317-330.


Kenworthy, J. & Townsend, C. (2009). Montreal’s Dualistic Transport Character: Why Montreal Needs Upgraded Transit and Not More High Capacity Roads, pp. 27-33 in Gauthier, P., Jaeger, J. & Prince, J.(eds.) Montreal at the Crossroads, Montreal: Black Rose.


Kenworthy, J. & Townsend, C.  (2007). A Comparative Perspective on Urban Transport and Emerging Environmental Problems in Middle-income Cities, pp. 206-234 in McGranahan, G. et al. (eds.). Scaling Urban Environmental Challenges: From Local to Global and Back, Earthscan:London.


Kenworthy, J., Murray-Leach, R., & Townsend, C. (2005). Sustainable Urban Transport, pp. 371-386 in Hargroves, K. & Smith, M. (Eds.). The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century. Earthscan: London.

Unpublished Papers

Townsend, C. & McGurk, T. (2011).
Comparative Analysis of Urban Population Density and its Implications for Transportation Planning: New Tools for an Old Debate. Working paper. 12 pages.

Townsend, C. and He, Y. (2009). Land Use and Rapid Transit in China: Would TOD Principles Make a Difference?Proceedings of the International Conference on Planning and Design, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.

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