Director, Housing Research Collaborative

Dr. Penny Gurstein

Dr. Penny Gurstein, Professor Emeritus, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP).
Research area: Affordable and social housing

Advisory Committee

Aboriginal Housing Management Association. Nizar Laarif, Director of Public Affairs.
Research area: Affordable non-profit aboriginal housing

BC Non-Profit Housing Association. Erika Sagert, Policy Manager.
Research area: Non-profit and community-based housing

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC. Marc Lee, Senior Economist.
Research area: Affordable housing policy

Centre for Future Work. Jim Stanford, Economist and Director
Research area: Economic policy, innovation, jobs, and social policy

City Spaces Consulting & UBC SCARP. Noha Sedky, Community planner and project manager; adjunct faculty.
Research area: Housing policy, affordable housing, and homelessness initiatives

Eberle Consulting. Margaret Eberle, Principal.
Research area: Affordable housing and planning

Rennie Group. Andrew Ramlo, Vice-President of Market Intelligence.
Research area: Demographic forecasting, housing markets

SFU City Program. Andy Yan, Director.
Research area: Urban regeneration, applied demographics, neighbourhood development

Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia. Lorraine Copas, Executive Director.
Research area: Applied social research, social policy analysis and community development approaches to social justice

UBC Geography. David Ley, Professor.
Research area: Housing and labour markets, immigration and global capital

UBC Geography. Elvin Wyly, Professor.
Research area: Housing policy and urban social inequalities

UBC Sauder School of Business. Tom Davidoff, Associate Professor.
Research area: Housing policy reform

UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Inge Roecker, Associate Professor.
Research area: Interdisciplinary research collective living lab

UBC School of Population and Public Health. Paul Kershaw, Professor.
Research area: Housing policy promoting generational equity

UBC Sociology. Nathan Lauster, Associate Professor.
Research area: Housing form, justice and wealth

Advisory Committee | Public Sector (unofficial)

BC Housing
Research and Information Transfer. Debbie Kraus, Manager.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Knowledge Mobilization Specialist. Elizabeth Tang

City of Vancouver
Housing Policy (Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability). Sara Ellis, Planner.

Metro Vancouver
Regional Planning and Housing Services
Jessica Hayes, Senior Planner, Metro Vancouver Housing

Partners and Collaborators

Atira Women’s Resource Society. Janice Abbott, CEO.
Research area: Transitional and shelter housing and support services

Generation Squeeze. Eric Swanson, Executive Director.
Research area: Generational inequity

LandlordBC. David Hutniak, CEO.
Research area: Rental housing

Mountain Math. Jens Von Bergmann, Principal.
Research area: Housing data analytics and visualization

Pacific Housing Research Network. Tricia Roche, Network Co-ordinator.
Research area: Housing affordability and sustainability

PHS Community Services Society. Jennifer Breakspear, Executive Director.
Research area: Social and supportive housing, health and social services

Rain City Housing. Catherine Hume, Co-Executive Director.
Research area: Social and supportive housing

Riverview Village Intentional Community Society. Herschel Hardin, Board Chair.
Research area: Mental health; inclusive communities

Streetohome. Rob Turnbull, CEO.
Research area: Transition out of homelessness

Tyee’s Housing Fix. Chris Cheung and Katie Hyslop, Journalists.
Research area: Housing journalism

Union Gospel Mission. Derek Weiss, Director of Community Engagement, Social Enterprise, and Housing.
Research area: Homelessness and lack of affordable housing

UBC Community, Culture, and Global Studies (Okanagan). Jose Carlos Teixeira, Professor.
Research area: Urban and social geography, community formation, housing, and neighbourhood change

UBC Computer Science. Raymond Ng, Professor and Date Science Institute Director.
Research area: Data mining and analytics

UBC Journalism. Peter Klein, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Global Reporting Centre.
Research area: Investigative reporting

UBC Sauder School of Business. Tsur Somerville, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Urban Economics and Real Estate.
Research area: Housing markets, real estate finance, housing markets

UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. John Bass, Associate Professor and Chair, Architecture.
Research area: First nations engagement: housing, research and design 

UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Mari Fujita, Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Design.
Research area: Multidisciplinary perspective on institutional changes, social networks and mental health over urban space

UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Cynthia Girling, Professor.
Research area: Sustainable urban design, public engagement processes and tools for urban design

UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. Maged Senbel, Associate Professor.
Research area: Inclusive, intercultural community and housing planning

UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. Julia Harten, Assistant Professor.
Research area: Innovative data strategies for the study of housing and socio-spatial inequality

UBC Sociology. Qiang Fu, Assistant Professor.
Research area: Urban studies, social networks, health, demography, machine learning, China.

University of Victoria Social Work. Bruce Wallace, Associate Professor.
Research area: Homelessness, social and supportive housing; health, harm reduction and social policy

Vancity Credit Union. Kira Gerwing, Manager of Community Investment.
Research area: Affordable housing development

YWCA Metro Vancouver. Lisa Rupert, Vice President, Housing Services and Violence Prevention.
Research area: Affordable housing, child care and supportive services.

Research Coordinator

Alina McKay

Research Operations Assistant

Katrina Tarnawsky

This Project is made possible with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.