Anna Kramer, RPP


 Prof. Anna Kramer

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Waterloo
M.Arch., Dalhousie University
B.Env.D., Dalhousie University

Office: Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 419

e-mail: Anna.Kramer [at]




Research interests

I am interested in how urban planning contests or shapes spatial inequalities and access to the city, particularly across subjectivities of race, class, gender and queerness, and the mobilization of justice-oriented social movements to transform the city. I teach and practice in planning for transportation, housing and climate change.

Transitscapes – the social, economic, and urban form of places accessible to public transit; inequalities of access and affordability; urban planning’s role in processes of change and redevelopment; potential for mode shift.

Zoning – analysis of the role of spatial policies of zoning in constructing socio-economic segregation, exposing people to danger or safety, and enabling or preventing access to life-sustaining public infrastructures and community.

Urban encampments – the visibility, spatiality, state responses and political generativity of the unhoused and supporters in public space during and in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Potential graduate students with aligned research interests are welcome to email me.


PhD dissertation

Divergent affordability: Transit access and housing in North American cities


Writing and knowledge mobilization

Banishment through Branding: From Montreal’s Red Light District to Quartier des spectacles. Co-authored with R. Fiolka and Z. Marshall. Social Sciences, 2022.

Oranges are not the only fruit: The publicly owned variety of land trust. Co-authored with J. Spicer and L. Stephens. JPER, 2022.

Camp evictions are the sharp end of Canada’s predatory housing policies. The Breach, 2021.

Housing map. Co-produced with the Encampment Support Network Explainer’s Committee, 2021.

Activism in the Real Estate State. Conversation with S. Stein and housing activists in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Planners Network, 2021.

Can transit investments in low-income neighborhoods increase transit use? Exploring the nexus of income, car ownership, and transit accessibility in Toronto. Co-authored with E.Y. Barri et al. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 2021.

Inside and Outside: A meditation on the yellowbelt. Chapter in House divided, 2019.

The unaffordable city: Housing and transit in North American cities. Cities, 2018.

Transit access and social equity: Background paper to the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan. (Lead author). Metrolinx, 2018.

The death and life of ‘Transit City’ – searching for sustainable transportation in Toronto's inner suburbs. Co-authored with C. Mettke. In Thomas, R. (ed.) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach (pp. 374-383). Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Recentralization as an alternative to urban dispersion: Transformative planning in a neoliberal context. Co-authored with P. Filion and G. Sands. IJURR, 2016.

Meeting the public's need for transit options: Characteristics of socially equitable transit networks. Co-authored with A. Goldstein. Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal, 2015.

Divergent affordability: Transit access and housing in North American cities. PhD Dissertation, 2014.

Transformative metropolitan development models in large Canadian urban areas: The predominance of nodes. Co-authored with P. Filion. Urban Studies, 2012.

Metropolitan-scale planning in neoliberal times: Financial and political obstacles to urban form transition. With P. Filion. Space and Polity, 2011.

Teaching (2022-23)

URBP 505 - Geographic Information Systems

URBP 557 - Rethinking Zoning

URBP 616 - Selected Topics 1 Climate Justice 

URBP 623 - Planning Studio 2

URBP 641 - Reading the Urban Landscape


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