Urban Indigenous Housing in BC: Means of and barriers to addressing Indigenous housing need in municipal housing policies and plans

This study aims to understand how municipalities in British Columbia (BC) address urban Indigenous housing need within their Official Community Plans and housing strategies by reviewing a sample of plans and strategies from throughout BC and interviewing municipal planning staff. For AHMA, the Umbrella Organization of Indigenous Housing Providers in BC, this research is necessary to identify policy gaps and influence decision makers accordingly.

System Design and Integration in Residential Student Housing

The project targets the design and implementation of a residential solar system on the roof-top of a student residence near the UBC Okanagan campus to determine actual performance and cost data for the region of Kelowna and its unique environmental conditions. Theoretical modelling will be conducted to maximize both the profitability and energy output of the PV system per unit area.

Insecurity of tenure as a lesser known health and wellbeing crisis: Health and wellbeing perspectives of young families and children living without security of tenure

Major cities in Canada and across the world are undergoing housing crises that are pushing its vulnerable residents into housing insecurity. Security of tenure is a lesser-known and researched element that contributes to housing insecurity and its negative health and wellbeing impacts. To ensure the positive health and wellbeing outcomes of cities’ families and their children, developers and housing policy-makers should understand how insecurity of tenure, a critical challenge in housing insecurity, can affect the health and wellbeing perspectives of families and their children.

Providing Resident Support: Incorporating lived experiences into the development process

Due to the lack of investment from the Federal and Provincial governments for affordable housing and the low number of housing cooperatives formed in the last 30 years the co-op housing model is outdated. In response to a need for affordable housing in Vancouver, BC the Community Land Trust (CLT) has recently opened two newly built housing cooperatives as well as affordable housing option with non-profit partners. This research project aims to identify an engagement framework for the development/redevelopment process of CLT projects.

Real Estate Information System User Experience Analysis

Real estate information systems (REIS) provide real estate market participants with information that helps inform their decisions. Most prior REIS research has focused on price estimating and forecasting. Although price is important, it is not the only variable of interest.

This research seeks to investigate the needs of REIS users. Who are they? What information do they need? How should that information be presented to maximize its accessibility? How do users’ stated preferences for information differ from their revealed preferences?

Combining deep learning neural networks and spatiotemporal models for prediction and inference of residential house prices for property assessment

Property valuation is a crucial economic service that is used by local governments for the distribution of property taxes in order to fund local services. The current and widely adopted cost approach to valuation is based on estimating the land value and the depreciated cost of the building.

Implementation and strengthening of the community enhancement program to assess theneeds of different residents living at Brightside

The purpose of the project is to assess the housing, community engagement, and social inclusion needs and challenges faced by different residents, many of whom are older adults and are residents in Brightside Community Housing Foundation. Also known as Brightside. A mixed method approach (dempgrahic questionnaire, survey and focus group) will be used in this study. The findings from this survey will guide Brightside’s action plan to improve housing security and offer community initiatives that are tailored to the needs of their residents.

Hey Neighbour Collective

Widespread decline in social capital is well-documented and has been attributed to a range of underlying root causes, from policies regarding the physical design of our neighbourhoods, increasing geographic mobility, shifting away from more localized economies, the complexity of increasing cultural diversity in many areas, to societal beliefs and norms related to individualism. We know these issues touch many of us, however, where you live makes a difference. Levels of social connection are lower in multi-unit buildings than in single detached houses.

Modelling the impact of water pressure on water main breaks using a spatially explicit Bayesian model

Providing safe drinking water to the population is one of the main roles of municipalities. However, due to aging urban infrastructure, the number of pipe break is an increasingly around the world which is costly at the economic, social and environmental levels. Municipalities need to have tools that allow predicting these breaks so they can develop a preventive strategy to repair or replace vulnerable pipes before they break. This project proposes to use modern statistical tools to create a model that will use water pressure and pipes characteristics to predict pipe breaks.

Embedding Project

The Embedding Project is a public-benefit research project that relies on strong social science research methods to bring together thoughtful sustainability intrapreneurs from across industries and around the world, and harnesses their collective knowledge to develop rigorous and practical guidance that benefits everyone. This internship will offer an MBA student the opportunity to gain experience in both practice and research, while learning from leaders in the field.