Craig Brown

Associate faculty

Environment & Sustainability

Craig Brown is a planner, educator and research who has managed projects at various scales relating to climate adaptation and resilience, building and urban design, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. He has had the pleasure to teach about sustainability and climate change, and is currently an author for Canada’s next national climate change assessment, and for the forthcoming global IPCC AR6 assessment. Craig is based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and approaches his work with Indigenous leaders and knowledge keepers with a commitment to cultural safety and respect.


Craig currently leads a Health Canada-funded climate change adaptation project for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health that assesses the health impacts of climate change, and presents a strategic climate risk management plan. Prior to this role, he supported climate adaptation planning efforts for several local and regional governments on Vancouver Island.


PhD in Environmental Applied Science and Management

Ryerson University


Brown, C. (2021) Cities and towns. in Warren, F. and Lulham, N., editors. Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report; Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON.

Henstra, D., Thistlethwaite, J., Brown, C., Scott, D., (2019) Flood risk management and shared responsibility: Exploring Canadian public attitudes and expectations. Journal of Flood Risk Management 12 (1), e12346

Thistlethwaite, J.,  D Henstra, D., Brown, C.,  Scott, D. (2018) How flood experience and risk perception influences protective actions and behaviours among Canadian homeowners. Environmental management 61 (2), 197-208

Brown, C., Shaker, R.R., Das, R.(2018) A review of approaches for monitoring and evaluation of urban climate resilience initiatives. Environment, Development and Sustainability 20 (1), pp. 23-40

Brown, C., Gorgolewski, M.(2014) Assessing occupant satisfaction and energy behaviours in Toronto’s LEED gold high-rise residential buildings. International Journal of Energy Sector Management. 8 pp. 492-505

Brown, C., Gorgolewski, M. (2015) Understanding the role of inhabitants in innovative mechanical ventilation strategies. Building Research & Information 43 (2), pp. 210-221

Brown, C., Das, R. and Richman, R. (2018) Demographic determinants of Canada’s households’ adoption of energy efficiency measures: observations from the Households and Environment Survey, 2013. Energy Efficiency 11 (2), pp. 465-482

Brown, C., (2016) The power of qualitative data in post-occupancy evaluations of residential high-rise buildings. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 31 (4), pp. 605-620

Bartlett, K., Brown, C., Chu, AM., Ebrahimi, G., Gorgolewski, M., Hodgson, M., Mallory-Hill, S.,  Ouf, M.,  Scannell, L., Turcato, A.(2014) Do our green buildings perform as intended. World Sustainable Building Conference

Brown, C., Gorgolewski, M., Goodwill, A. (2015) Using physical, behavioral, and demographic variables to explain suite-level energy use in multiresidential buildings. Building and Environment 89, pp. 308-317

Brown, C., Gorgolewski, M. (2013) Post occupancy evaluation (POE) of multi-unit residential buildings and the contribution of residents to actual energy consumption. Sustainable Building Conference, pp. 19-26

Gorgolewski, M., Brown, C., Chu, AM., Turcato, A., Bartlett, K., Ebrahimi, G., Hodgson, M., Mallory-Hill, S., Ouf, M., Scannel, L. (2016) Performance of sustainable building in colder climates. Journal of Green Building 11 (4), 131-153

Brown, C. (2015) The Importance of Understanding Occupant Behaviour in Buildings: Exploring the Nexus of Design, Management, Behaviour, and Energy Use in Green, High-Rise Residential Buildings. Ryerson University

Thistlethwaite, J.,  D Henstra, D., Brown, C.,  Scott, D. (2020) Barriers to Insurance as a Flood Risk Management Tool: Evidence from a Survey of Property Owners. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 11 (3), pp. 263-273

Shaker, R.R., Rybarczyk, G.,Brown, C., Papp, V., Alkins, S.(2019) (Re) emphasizing Urban Infrastructure Resilience via Scoping Review and Content Analysis. Urban Science 3 (2), 44

Brown, C. (2011) Emergent permitting strategies for natural building systems in Ontario. Journal of Green Building 6 (4), pp. 17-25