Associate Professor


Ph.D. Geography, McMaster University, Canada, 1995

M.A Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, 1990

B.A. (Hons.) Geography, Laurentian University, Canada, 1987

Contact information
519-888-4567 ext. 43662
Location: EV3 3306

Research interests

My research program is primarily focused on issues related to freight transportation and logistics although I have a broad interest in transportation at all levels. I’m really intrigued by the flows of people and goods that underpin social and economic interactions and the complex impacts of those flows. Recent projects include:

1. Analyzing Ontario’s transportation sector and climate change impacts and adaptation

2. Exploring “freight sprawl” in Canada’s major metropolitan areas

3. Understanding the location factors for logistics firms

4. The evolution of major issues in freight transportation and the models employed

I have an ongoing interest in a range of transportation policy issues and have previously published on subjects including emissions forecasting, impacts of climate change adaptations on freight, regulatory policy, urban freight planning, freight and land use (accessibility), transportation demand management and deregulation of transportation provision. My graduate students have a diverse range of research topics that involve various elements of transportation, spatial analysis, regional and urban economics and sustainability.   The impacts of weather on cycling, shrinking cities, federal transit policy, mode choice, - there are always intriguing transportation issues to explore!

Contact Clarence Woudsma for more information on research opportunities.

Graduate student supervision

  Number of students currently supervising/co-supervising Total number of student supervisions/co-supervisions
Masters 5 38
PhD 0 6

Recent/key publications

(*Co-authored with student)

  • *Woudsma, C., and Towns, W. (2017). Ontario. In K. Palko and D.S. Lemmen (Eds.), Climate risks and adaptation practices for the Canadian transportation sector 2016 (pp. 139-179). Ottawa, ON: Government of Canada.
  • Woudsma, C.G., (2017)  Of Records, Resilience and Infrastructure, Ontario Planning Journal  Vol 32, No. 5 pp 1 – 2
  • *Woudsma, C.G., and Braun, L. (2017), Tomorrow Has Arrived: Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, Pragma Council Discussion Paper, School of Planning Working Paper Series, Waterloo, Ontario, pp 1-32
  • *Woudsma, C.G., Jakubicek, P., and Dablanc, L. (2016), Logistics Sprawl In North America: Methodological Issues And A Case Study In Toronto; Transportation Research Procedia (2016), pp. 474-488 DOI information: 10.1016/j.trpro.2016.02.081
  • *Woudsma, C.G., Jakubicek, P., (2016) Logistics land use patterns in metropolitan Canada, World Conference on Transport Research - WCTR 2016 Shanghai. 10-15 July 2016,
  • *Woudsma C.G. and Towns W. (2016), Future City Retail: The Evolution Of Bricks, Blocks, Boxes, And Bits, Pragma Council Discussion Paper, School of Planning Working Paper Series, Waterloo, Ontario, pp 1-40
  • *Reimer, M.E. and Woudsma, C.G. (2015), The Process for Adopting Technology in Ontario Municipalities and the Implications for Innovation in Development, paper in 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Cambridge, MA, July 7-10, 2015  - pp 320- 1 – 320-20
  • *Hartt, M.D. and Woudsma, C.G. (2014) How many and How Do We Know? Assessing Population Projection Methods in Ontario, Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 2014 Supplement, Vol. 23 Issue 1  p83-97. 15p
  • Woudsma, C.G. (2012), Freight, Land and Local Economic Development, Chapter 13 in Cities, Regions and Flows, P.Hall and M. Hesse Editors, Routledge, New York, pp 226-245
  • Hall, P. O’Brien, T., Woudsma, C.G.  (2012), Environmental Innovation And The Role Of Stakeholder Collaboration In West Coast Port Gateways, Research in Transportation Economics,42 (1), pp.87-96

Courses taught

University of Waterloo

Profiles by type

Research in Planning

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