Cities are complex living systems. To consider a city is to consider a myriad of interconnected issues: Urban planning and design. Housing and transportation. Parks and neighbourhoods. Business and politics. Arts and culture.

We program engagements around all these issues, often focusing on the communities within Metro Vancouver, but always with an awareness of, and in conversation with, cities around the world. And, of course, we can’t fully understand the urban experience without a view on the suburban and rural experience in contrast.

Upcoming events on this topic

  • Empowering Communities to Endure Climate Disasters

    2023, Climate + Environment, Cities, Community Building

    With the mounting climate crisis, British Columbians can expect more floods, fires and other disasters in their future. This online event brings together experts to discuss how resilience can begin with empowered communities and the ways to mitigate risks. Hear from people personally impacted by climate disasters and consider how we can come together to heal and rebuild after devastation.

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  • Surrey Policing: Discussing the Way Forward

    2023, Cities

    Who should provide policing is now one of Surrey’s defining political questions. Will the transition to a municipal police force continue or will Surrey begin relying again on the services of Canada’s RCMP? Sound bites from politicians on this question have made it more difficult for voters to assess the complex options available to their community. To discuss these questions, Simon Fraser University’s Department of Political Science and SFU Surrey have assembled a forum of experts from SFU and the Surrey community. Experts and advocates with a range of perspectives, alongside the event’s audience, will discuss the future of municipal policing in Surrey and the politics that surround it.

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Past events on this topic

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  • Pandemonium Series Takeaways

    2021, Pandemonium

    Meg Holden and Aphrodite Bouikidis, SFU Urban Studies

    Read a summary by Meg Holden and Aphrodite Bouikidis from SFU Urban Studies of the events from Pandemonium: Urban Studies and Recovering From COVID-19.

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