Urban observations, Seattle.

Welcome to my website!  My name is Iain D. Stewart and I am a researcher and lecturer in urban climatology and sustainable urban development.  In this role, I currently wear three hats:  one as a Fellow of the Global Cities Institute in Toronto, the second as a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), and the third as a Research Associate in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ontario Tech University.  I am also serving as Associate Editor for the journal Urban Climate.  Throughout my career I have held numerous other professional appointments as Postdoctoral Fellow (Dept. of Civil Engineering, and Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, University of Toronto), Research Associate (Dept. of Geography & Environment, University of Western Ontario), and Visiting Researcher (Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Universidad Nacional de Colombia). 

My passion in urban climatology has always been research and writing, but recently I’ve taken a strong interest in classroom teaching.  In 2019, I developed and launched the first edition of UCC—Urban Climatology Course at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Manizales city.  I taught the second edition of UCC six months later in the city of Medellin (Colombia), and the third edition in July 2022 in Manizales.  To learn more about the UCC program, read the special report in the Quarterly Newsletter of the International Association for Urban Climate

The following pages contain information about my work in geography, urban climatology, and sustainable cities.  I have created separate pages for research, publishing, teaching, speaking, and conference activity, as well as my recently published guidebook on the urban heat island effect.

© Copyright Iain D. Stewart 2023


  1. Dr. Stewart, I cannot believe this!!! I am currently writing the summary of my PhD dissertation working title: “Demystifying Urban Heat Island Phenomena through High Resolution Urban Data and Interpretable Machine Learning”. So, while writing, I wanted to read your PhD dissertation one more time, and I found out that you are teaching in my country, what a wonderful surprise!! I am extremely grateful. Well, I don’t want to take up too much of your time. I just wanted to express how much this means to me. Thank you very much! you cannot imagine my happiness!!!

    Have a lovely day, and please feel free to contact me in case you need any help in my lovely Colombia.

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