Chris Kennedy

University of Toronto

Chris Kennedy is a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research applies principles of Industrial Ecology to the design of urban infrastructure, including the study of urban metabolism and its relationship to global resource challenges and environmental stresses.

He is the author of The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth. Holding qualifications in Civil Engineering, Economics, and Business, Kennedy has conducted consulting work on sustainable infrastructure and cities for clients including: governments of Canada, China, Saudi Arabia; UAE; and the UK; as well as the World Bank; Waterfront Toronto / Clinton Climate Initiative; UCLA / California Energy Commission; and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

From 2011 to 2012, he was seconded to the OECD in Paris, to work on cities, green growth, and policies for Encouraging Investment in Low Carbon Infrastructure.

Kennedy has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and ETH Z├╝rich. He is president of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Featured Work

CREDIT: <a href="" target="_blank">Alex Wong</a>.

SEP 8, 2015 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Wealth and Resource Consumption of Megacities

How can megacities address global environmental challenges? A new study shows how ultra-dense city planning can be part of the solution.