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Craig Townsend, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Geography, Planning and Environment

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.

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

URBS 498 - Public Infrastructure Finance for Planners

Graduate Student Supervision

In Progress:

Bonczek, Justine (MSc) Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies) Bicycle Lanes and Pedestrian Streets in Canada 2021-present

Dass, Noel. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). Politics of Road Pricing. 2018-present.

Joseph, Yogi. PhD (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). Exclusionary Effects of Transport Infrastructure on Slow Movers in an Indian City. (co-supervision with Govind Gopakumar). 2017-present.


Eftekhari, Yasaman. MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies). The Effects of Urban Rail Rapid Transit Station Types on Housing Prices in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. 2018.

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. & Ellis-Young, M. (2018). Urban Population Density and Freeways in North America: A Re-Assessment. Journal of Transport Geography. 73, pp. 75-83.

Townsend, C. (2018). Book review of The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies, D. Pojani, D. Stead (Eds.), (2017). Journal of Transport Geography. 72. pp. 270-271.

Townsend, C. (2017). Global Convergence and Divergence in Urban Transportation. pp. 409-425 in Bain, A.L. & Peake, 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.


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