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Dr. Patricia Collins

Associate Professor

School of Urban and Regional Planning

Department of Geography and Planning

(on leave from July 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024)


613-533-6000 ext. 77060

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E326

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Dr. Patricia Collins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, and is cross-appointed to the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. She obtained a BSc in biochemistry from McMaster (2002), an MSc in health research methods from McMaster (2004), and a PhD in geography from Simon Fraser (2009). She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster before starting her appointment in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s in July 2011. Her research is broadly situated within healthy and sustainable community planning, through examinations of the determinants of, inequities in, and threats to the liveability of neighbourhoods and cities. Having grown up just outside of Kingston, Patricia is excited about the opportunity to apply the ideas from her own work to help make her hometown a more liveable place for all Kingston residents. To that end, Patricia is an active volunteer in Kingston, serving on the board for the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (since 2011), as well as on the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan Technical Advisory Group (since 2017), Age-Friendly Advisory Committee (2013-2014), and Waterfront Advisory Committee (2015).


  • B.Sc., M.Sc. (McMaster)
  • Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)


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Research Interests:

Patricia’s research falls within the general area of healthy and sustainable community planning and governance, and currently encompasses topics ranging from school closures, play deserts, commuting and health, food insecurity, and integrated community sustainability planning.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 291 KB)