Tenley Conway

Professor University of Toronto, Mississauga

Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment



Interests and Expertise

residential landscapes, urban forestry and green infrastructure policy, urban forest governance, urban socio-ecological dynamics


Tenley Conway has a BS from Cornell University and a MS and PhD from Rutgers University.  She leads the Household-level Urban Socio-Ecology (HOUSE) Laboratory. Professor Conway’s research integrates insights from environmental geography and urban ecology to improve our understanding of urban forest governance- including key actors, rules and discourses- and use of geospatial techniques to examine patterns of trees and other land covers.  Recent SSHRC-funded research has examined (1) residents’ role in urban forest governance, (2) perceptions and experiences with urban forests, and (3) green infrastructure discourse, perceptions and actions in Canada.  Tenley is currently a member of the International Society of Arboriculture Science and Research Committee, an associate editor of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, and sits on two other editorial boards.  She has served as a board member of LEAF, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest, and EcoSpark, a charity focused on environmental education and citizen science.

Current Urban-Forest Projects and Initiatives

  1. Residents’ knowledge, attitudes and actions related to green infrastructure in Toronto and Philadelphia
  2. Diverse people and perceptions of the urban forest in the Greater Toronto Area
  3. Social impacts of urban tree loss.

Teaching about Urban Forests

Graduate Course- JPG1428, Greening the City: Urban Environmental Planning and Management

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