School Highlights

April 18  Join us at our 3rd annual Student Research Showcase with 35 students from Public Policy and Urban Studies presenting posters about their research projects. Drop in 4:30 to 7pm at Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville. For more details and to RSVP go to Eventbrite

April 11 In partnership with SFU Public Square, as part of the 2019 Community Summit - Confronting the Disinformation Age, we are presenting Is social media destroying our democracy? in an oxford-style debate format. 7pm at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. More details and tickets are available at 

March 30  Students travelled to Victoria to present their BC Priorties Projects and Capstone research work to the Province of BC's Policy Community of Practice group.

Feb 23 Today, our team competed against 11 policy schools from across Canada and won the 2019 CAPPA IPAC National Public Administration Student Case Competition in Ottawa, hosted by Carleton University. Congratulations to Kat Gallant, Miriam Moore, Jenna Quelch and Sarah Tremblay

Summer 2019 Interested in hiring an MPP Co-op student for May to August 2019? Contact Eva Lewis at  View MPP Co-op infosheet for more details - and read about past student experiences.

Fall 2018  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. 

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. 













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.