Christopher Kennedy

Professor of Civil Engineering, 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 author of The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth. Holding qualifications in Civil Engineering, Economics and Business, Chris has conducted professional work for several organizations including the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Infrastructure Canada, Clinton Climate Initiative, and the World Bank. In 2011/12, he was seconded to the OECD in Paris, to work on Cities, Green Growth and Policies for Encouraging Investment in Low Carbon Infrastructure. Chris has been a visiting professor at OxfordUniversity and ETH Zürich. He is President–elect of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Specialty focus areas

Economic and environmental aspects of sustainable urban infrastructure including transportation, buildings and water systems; Design of sustainable streets and neighbourhoods; Urban metabolism.


  • –present
    Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Director, Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management, University of Toronto