Pamela Blais

Pamela Blais is an urban planner and Principal of Metropole Consultants Ltd. Her professional focus is in creating better cities by integrating planning, economic and environmental thinking in analysing urban issues and developing innovative policy.

In her twenty-plus year career as an urban planning consultant, her work has included reurbanisation strategies and research; regional growth planning; municipal economic development strategies; innovative land use policies for industrial areas; urban regeneration strategies; sustainable urban form, community design and infrastructure; and research on the impact of technology on urban form.

She is the author of Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy and Urban Sprawl, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Donner Book Prize – awarded for the best Canadian public policy book of the year.

Pamela has a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto and a PhD in urban economic geography from the London School of Economics.

Perverse Cities

Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policies and Urban Sprawl

“Analytical and detailed in its approach…consistently daring in challenging accepted views of the causes of and solutions for urban sprawl”.
– The Donner Book Prize Jury

“Pamela Blais’ book Perverse Cities is the best explanation I have read for the persistence of urban sprawl. A must read for urbanists.”

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