School Highlights

September Welcome to the new school year!  A new cohort of 36 students started classes this week - see Student Profiles to learn more about their backgrounds and policy interests.  PS - they'll be looking for Summer 2019 Co-op jobs - we start posting positions in mid January!  

August 19 The 2018 Gold medal recipient of the National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration is recent MPP graduate Teresa Maddison for her project and presentation, Planting a Seed - connecting Vancouver children with nature.  A joint initiative of CAPPA and IPAC, presentations took place at IPAC’s National Annual Conference in Quebec City, August 19-22. 

June 26 Congratulations to SPP faculty member Doug McArthur on being awarded the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)’s 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Administration. See article in SPP magazine

June 14 Convocation Day for our Class of 2018!  See the Convocation Edition of our online magazine for details on the impressive range of Capstone thesis topics done by this group of young policy professionals. Also featured are the recipients for the School's annual recognition awards.

April 17 MPP students present the 2nd annual Policy Student Poster Showcase featuring research posters related to Capstone and BC Priorities projects. Guests included alumni, Co-op supervisors, faculty, prospective students and others in the SFU Vancouver community. 

April 5  Talk by futurist Nik Badminton on 8 Areas of Techonology that are changing the world, hosted by Prof. Marina Adshade in PLCY 802 Economics class.  View presentation

April 4  Join us for the book launch of A Matter of Confidence: the inside story of the political battle for BC The evening involves a moderated discussion with authors Rob Shaw and Richard Zussman. 
View Webcast of event

February 23+24  SFU selected as top team at the 7th annual CAPPA IPAC National Public Administration Case Competition involving 13 teams from across Canada.  Congratulations to first year students Rehnuma Islam, Peter Lunka, Chris Raftis and Sinead Stinson.  See photo

As hosts of this year's competition, we want to give special thanks to lead partner Manulife, and contributing partners, Ernst and Young, Policy Options and Canada School of Public Service.  More photos on our FB page SFU School of Public Policy.










Connor Hasegawa, Chris Kylleso, Lucas Neufeld, Twyla Smith
Connor Hasegawa, Chris Kylleso, Lucas Neufeld, Twyla Smith

Recent Research

HIV and the Criminalization of drug use among people who inject drugs: a systematic review by Kora DeBeck et al. Lancet HIV. 2017 Aug;4(8):e357-e374.

Seeing the Problem through the Trees: Policy Options for Improving Retention of Old Growth in Central Walbran by MPP students Jay Barban, Matthew Jackson, Sydney Jordan, Matt Mayers and Rachel Spence in conjunction with the Sierra Club of BC.  This research work was conducted as part of the School's BC Priorities Project program addressing current policy issues in BC.

In high demand: Addressing the demand factors behind Toronto's housing affordability problem by Josh Gordon, was commissioned by the Ryerson City Building Institute to contribute to the housing affordability debate in Toronto. It shows that the primary determinants of Toronto’s high housing prices lie on the demand side, and that the element of foreign investment has been under-appreciated by various public authorities to this point. It argues that the case for supply-side reform is overstated and would not address the immediate challenges facing the city.

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.

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


In the News

January 19, 2018 Article by Asst. Professor Marina Adshade and Neil McArthur Beyond consenting, women actually want to enjoy sex in Globe & Mail.

August 21, 2017 Op-ed by Asst. Professor Kora DeBeck and Julio Montaner Don't criminilize people on HIV treatment in Globe & Mail.

August 4, 2017 Article by Asst Professor Kora DeBeck and Julio Montaner To win the fight against AIDS, we must end the war on drugs in Macleans.

July 14, 2017 Op-ed by Professors Rhys Kesselman and John Richards Real world guidance for BC's proposed $10-a-day child care plans  in Vancouver Sun.

July 28, 2017 Op-ed by 2017 MPP graduate Kirk Hepburn and professor John Richards  Most Bangladesh factories are still unsafe, and consumers should not feel comfortable in the Globe & Mail.