Skip to main content

Please note, masking is still mandatory at Holland Bloorview. A medical grade mask will be available upon entry.

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



  • Ross, T., Buliung, R., Murphy, A., and A. Howard. 2020. “A Visual Ethnographic Pilot Study of School Travel for Families Living with Childhood Disability.” Children’s Geographies 18(3): 283-297.
  • 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.


  • 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