Tim Ross, Assistant Professor (Status Only)

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Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Planning, University of Toronto (2019)

Other Degrees:
Master of Environmental Studies (Planning), York University (2011)
Master of Arts (Sociology), University of New Brunswick (2008)
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and History), St. Francis Xavier University (2005)

Professional Certifications:
Registered Professional Planner (Ontario, Canada)

Contact Information:

Email: tross@hollandbloorview.ca
Phone: 416.425.6220 x3554
Location: Room 4W335, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Research Interests:

  • Planning/design for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility
  • Disability studies
  • Inclusive play
  • Education access
  • Institutional ableism
  • Transport and land use planning
  • Qualitative methods

Teaching This Academic Year:


Call For Students:

I am recruiting students interested in researching how disability is experienced in relation to planned built environments, services, and systems, and/or how we can plan and design more accessible and inclusive communities. Preference is given to students interested in considering experiences of childhood disability relating to one of the following four topics: (1) access to education, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) inclusive play, and (4) addressing institutional ableism. Beyond these topics, I am happy to discuss working with students with interests in accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Selected Publications:

Ross, T. 2019. “Inclusive Research Design: Accounting for Childhood Disability in School Transportation Research.” In Waygood, O., Friman, M., Mitra, R., and L. Olsson (Eds.). Transportation and Children’s Well-Being. Elsevier.

Ross, T., Buliung, R., Murphy, A., and A. Howard. 2019. “A Visual Ethnographic Pilot Study of School Travel for Families Living with Childhood Disability.” Children’s Geographies 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2019.1635991.

Ross, T. and R. Buliung. 2019. “Access Work: Parking at School for Families Living with Childhood Disability.” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 130: 289-299.

Ross, T., Mah, J., Biggar, J., Zwick, A., and E. Modlinska. 2018. “Student Needs, Employment Realities, and PhD Program Design in Canada: The Case of Planning PhD Programs.” Canadian Journal of Higher Education 48(3): 82-97.

Ross, T. and R. Buliung. 2018. “A Systematic Review of Disability’s Treatment in the Active School Travel and Children’s Independent Mobility Literatures.” Transport Reviews 38(3): 349-371.

Rothman, L., Macpherson, A.K., Ross, T., and R. Buliung. 2018. “The Decline in Active School Transportation (AST): A Systematic Review of the Factors Related to AST and Changes in School Travel over Time” Preventive Medicine 111: 314-322.

Buliung, R., Faulkner, G., Larsen, K., and T. Ross. 2017. “Children’s Independent Mobility in the City of Toronto, Canada.” Travel Behaviour and Society 9: 58-69.

Ross, T. 2013. “Advancing Ontario’s Accessibility: A Study of Linguistic, Discursive, and Conceptual Barriers.” Canadian Journal of Urban Research 22(1): 126-144.