David Madden: "Home or Commodity?" The Transformation of Housing and its Discontents

May 22, 2019

In partnership with the Housing Research Collaborative, the SFU City Program had the distinct pleasure of hosting David Madden (associate professor in sociology and co-director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science) last month for a public lecture on housing. See below for a recording of his lecture, “Home or Commodity? The Transformation of Housing and its Discontents.”


Madden’s talk was based in part on a book he co-wrote with Peter Marcuse, In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis.

You can read excerpts from the book here

You can also view a pre-talk CBC interview with Madden here

A respondent panel after Madden’s talk was convened to provide Canadian context on a local, provincial and national scale. The panel consisted of:

  • David Hulchanski, Professor, Housing and Community Development and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing, University of Toronto
  • Penny Gurstein, Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia and Founding Director, the Housing Research Collaborative
  • Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, British Columbia 
  • Question period hosted by Jen St. Denis, Reporter, Star Vancouver

A special thank you to our event sponsor, BC Housing, for making the evening possible.

For those who attended the David Madden talk (and for those who didn’t), please fill out this survey about future Housing Research Collaborative events.

As always, thank you for your continued support of and participation in SFU's City Program.