School Highlights

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

Summer 2016  It's recruitment season for hiring Masters Co-op students for May to August workterms.  Contact Eva Lewis at for all the details you need to post a job and hire a great student for your team!  See Program Infosheet

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 

January 23  Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke to an enthusiastic audience as part of our speaker series Being the Change:  Women, Policy and Making a Difference.  Gloria Macarenko from CBC joined us as guest interviewer and Q+A moderator. Watch video of event

October 8, 2015  Wendy Davis, women's health crusader and former Texas senator launched our Speaker Series , Being the Change: Women, Policy and Making a Difference.  If you missed the event, here's a link to the video  






Recent Research

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. 

Under-Five Mortality: Comparing National Levels and Changes over the Last Decade Across Low-Income Countries by J. Richards and A. Vining. 

Testing the Limits: Who's Maximizing TFSA's and Who Isn't?, published in conjunction with the Broadbent Institute, by J.R. Kesselman. 

Access these titles in our Working Paper Series

In the News

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. Read article

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. Read article

October 7, 2015 A new study from the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI), a program of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), is the first to show street-involved Aboriginal youth in Vancouver are significantly more likely to be imprisoned than their non-Aboriginal peers. Kora DeBeck, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy is the study's senior author. Read news release

August 10, 2015 MPP 2015 grad Jordan Westfall's opinion piece Assisting overdose victims a matter of choice?, appears in Vancouver Sun. Read article