Ron Buliung



Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Disability studies, transport geography, child and youth geographies.


Ron Buliung is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and the Graduate Chair of the University of Toronto’s tri-campus Graduate Programs in Geography and Planning. He holds a PhD in Urban Geography from McMaster University. Ron has dedicated his career to studying the experiences of children and youth in cities. Early on, his work centred on the journey to school, and how school travel connects with and impacts childhood health. During the past decade, however, he has re-oriented his research program to focus almost exclusively on the various ways in which disability and ableism are produced by and are embedded within the institutions that govern and make the places within cities where we live, work, play, and learn.


Buliung, R., Bilas, P., Ross, T., Marmureanu, C., El-Geneidy, A. (2021). More than Just a Bus Trip: School Busing, Disability and Access to Education in Toronto, Canada. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 148: 496-505.

Schwartz, N., Buliung, R., Wilson, K. (2021) Experiences of food access among disabled adults in Toronto, Canada, Disability & Society, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2021.1949265

Ross, T., Buliung, R. (2019) Access Work: Experiences of Parking at School for Families Living with Childhood Disability. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 130, 289-299.

Buliung, R., Hess, P., Flowers, L., Moola, F., Faulkner G.F. (2021) Living the Journey to School: Conceptual Asymmetry Between Parents and Planners on the Journey to School. Social Science and Medicine, 284


PhD, McMaster University

Administrative Service

Graduate Chair Geography and Planning (Previous)