School Highlights

September 15 Article published in Policy Options by our winning team in the 2016 National Policy Case Competition, Options to achieve a "silver lining" for our aging population

September 13 In partnership with GreenPAC, the School hosted a panel talk, Environmental Leadership: the importance of non-partisanship in the age of polarized politics, with MP Joyce Murray, Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer and SFU Public Policy professor Nancy Olewiler.

June 28 Halena Sieferling, MPP 2016 received 2nd place honours at the national CAPPA/IPAC conference for presentation of her Capstone work titled Running in Place: Overcoming Barriers for Women in Canadian Municipal Politics

June 9 It's Convocation Day for the Class of 2016!  See feature articles on Awards and Capstone Research Projects in publicpolicy@SFU magazine

April 30 Rethinking the Region is an annual day-long conference (9am to 4pm) that provides an opportunity for deep dialogue, reflection and learning about the past, present and future of regional governance in Metro Vancouver.
We are co-hosting Rethinking the Region with the SFU Urban Studies Program and partnering with the City of New Westminster. View more details
Email for info and to RSVP  Program and Discussion Guide

March 15  We hosted the final speaker in our series Being the Change: Women, Policy and Making a Difference.  Anne Giardini, SFU Chancellor, lawyer, business woman and writer addressed the topic of Women, Power and Tools for Change.  Listen to interview on Roundhouse Radio

March 14  Congratulations to faculty member Dr. John Richards on his re-appointment by the C.D. Howe Institute as a Fellow-in-Residence and the Roger Phillips Scholar of Social Policy.

February 27 SFU takes national title two years in a row at policy case competition in Ottawa.  Congratulations to team members Eric Bing, Hope Caldi, Sarah Griffiths and Sandy Lee.  See photo and article 








Recent Research

Opportunities in Transition - an Economic Analysis of Investing in Youth Aging out of Care by Marvin Shaffer and Lynell Anderson in conjunction with Fostering Change and Vancouver Foundation.

Access the following titles via our Working Paper Series

Toward a Broader Base for Personal Taxation: Reconciling Equity and Efficiency prepared for Canadian Income Tax Centennial Celebration, Canadian Tax Foundation by J.R. Kesselman

Improving education for indigenous children in Canada was the focus of a C.D. Howe Institute conference in April co-organized by John Richards.

Conference Report was prepared as well as two policy reports, If we had 300 Million Dollars: Funding for Reserve Schools and First Nations Elementary-Secondary Education: a National Dilemma 

Economic Growth and People’s Determination about Immigration: The Case of Switzerland by D.M. Gross.

Vancouver’s Housing Affordability Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Solutions by J.C. Gordon  Executive Summary and Full Report

What’s the matter with Sweden? Explaining radical cuts to unemployment insurance in a bastion of social democracy by J.C. Gordon. 

How Can Fast Access to Temporary Foreign Workers Ensure Priority to Domestic Workers? A Canadian policy experiment by D.M. Gross. 


In the News

September 28, 2016 Year 1 MPP student and research coordinator at Crosstown Clinic featured in CBC news article, BC's clinic's free heroin enables addicts to have 'meaningful life again', coordinator says. 

September 1, 2016 Asst. Professor Josh Gordon's op-ed Toronto, don't let Vancouver's housing crisis become yours in the Globe & Mail 

March 29, 2016 Asst. Professor Josh Gordon and 2nd Year MPP student Anjum Mutakabbir on Data on Canada’s housing market are fine, but we need action now in the Globe & Mail. 

January 25, 2016 Asst. Professor Josh Gordon's op-ed The illusion of home equity gains has weakened our will to act, appears in Globe & Mail.