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Timothy Ross

Timothy Ross, PhD



Research Focus:
Dr. Ross explores experiences of disability and ways to advance more accessible, inclusive, and diverse communities. Four key research topics that he engages are: (1) education access, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) inclusive play, and (4) institutional ableism. Questions about ableism and its normalcy within the planning and design of our built environments, services, and systems are central to Dr. Ross’ research.

Research/Trainee/Volunteer Opportunities:
Currently accepting graduate students

Education & Profession


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • PhD (Planning), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • MES (Planning), York University, Toronto, Canada
  • MA (Sociology), University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
  • BA (Sociology and History), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada

Professional Memberships:

  • Registered Professional Planner, Ontario, Canada
  • Member, Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Planners

University Positions/Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor (Status Only), Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
  • Associate Graduate Faculty Member, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Current Projects

  • Play Finds a Way through Inclusive Playgrounds
  • Getting to School: How Families Living with Childhood Disability Experience Everyday School Travel
  • Air Travel and Childhood Disability Study
  • Exploring the Housing Experiences and Community Participation of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities





  • Ross, T. and R. Buliung. In press. "Thinking about Ableism and Third Place to Understand and Improve the School Journeys of Disabled Children and their Families." In The School Journey as a Third Place. Interdisciplinarity, Transformations and Experiences from Around the World. Eds. Moody, Zoe, Berchtold-Sedooka, Ayuko, Darbellay, Frédéric, Camponovo, Sara, and Philip D. Jaffé. Anthem Press.
  • Ross, T. (2019). “Inclusive Research Design: Accounting for Childhood Disability in School Transportation Research.” Pp. 273-293 in Waygood, O., Friman, M., Mitra, R., and L. Olsson (Eds.). Transport and Children’s Well-Being. Elsevier.
  • Biggar, J., Ross, T., and J. Mah. 2017. “Connecting Planning Scholars and Practitioners.” Ontario Planning Journal, 32(4): 19.

Contact Info

Contact Information:
Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 
Tel: 416-425-6220, extension 3554

Contact Email:

Media Expertise

access to education, inclusive play, transportation, combatting ableism