Pamela Robinson


Pamela Robinson is an associate professor at Ryerson University and the director of the Master’s of Urban Development program at Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. She is also a registered professional planner. Pamela’s research and practice focus on urban sustainability issues with a particular focus on cities and climate change and the use of civic technology in civic engagement practice. She serves on the board of directors for the Friends of Greenbelt Foundation and the Metcalf Foundation and has participated in four Metrolinx Community Advisory Committees. Pamela is an editor of Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.

“Cities need more sandboxes!” As kids we played in sandboxes where we built things, stomped on them and built them again. We got dirty, we experimented and we had fun. Cities are amazing and complicated places full of opportunities and problems that need to be addressed. Reports to council and public meetings aren’t enough to generate the creative solutions we so desperately need. This talk will explore civic sandboxes and the potential they have to make our cities better.