Not Back to Normal: Housing Post-Pandemic

Part of the Pandemonium: Urban Studies and Recovering from COVID-19 lecture series.

Normal was not good enough before the pandemic — especially when talking about housing affordability, access and sustainability. Our Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy is currently under review, toward a revised Metro 2050 plan. How should we think about key aspects of this and other local and regional plans, in light of the pandemic? For example, strategy 4.2 of our regional plan seeks to “develop healthy and complete communities with access to a range of services and amenities.” For those struggling, now as before the pandemic, to find housing that is suitable for their household, affordable and in good repair, and located in a neighbourhood where they can access what they need, changes are needed in the direction we are heading, away from what was sadly considered “normal” pre-pandemic.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

5:00 PM


Online event

A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.


Yushu Zhu
Assistant Professor, SFU Urban Studies

Yushu Zhu is an Assistant Professor in Urban Studies and Public Policy at SFU. Her research focuses on housing and community issues against the backdrop of urbanization and globalization. She pays special attention to communities of immigrants, low-income populations, and ethnic minorities.

Guest speakers

Laura Colini
Senior Policy Advisor, EU UIA/URBACT

Laura Colini is a Senior Policy Advisor on social and urban policies for the EU COM (URBACT, UIA, EU Urban Agenda). Her work covers topics related to EU urban policies, urban inequalities, inclusion of migrants and refugees, housing and financialisation.

Niamh Moore Cherry
Associate Professor, School of Geography, University College Dublin

Niamh Moore-Cherry is an Associate Professor in Urban Governance and Development at the School of Geography, University College Dublin. Her current work focuses on metropolitanisation in Ireland and its implications for spatial planning and quality of life.

Presentation title: Cities under lockdown: Public health, urban vulnerabilities and the lessons for neighbourhood planning in Dublin, Ireland

Erin Rennie
Senior Planner, Metro Vancouver

Erin Rennie is a Senior Planner with Metro Vancouver Regional District. Her current projects include leading the update to Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy, as well as a study of how social equity can be better integrated into regional growth management planning.

Presentation Title: Metro 2050: Planning now for future generations

Rebecca Schiff
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University

Rebecca Schiff, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. For more than a decade she has been an active researcher and advocate on housing and homelessness issues and currently leads research nodes for the Community Housing Canada and At Home in the North Partnerships.

Presentation title: More than shelter: community housing for a pandemic and post-pandemic world

Sierra Tasi Baker
Sky Spirit Consulting

Sierra Tasi Baker is the Lead Indigenous Urban Design Consultant at Sky Spirit Studio. She focuses on furthering Indigenous design and research methodologies through combining oral history, primary archival research, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Coast Salish design.


Accessibility, Technology & Privacy

Registration and password

A password to access this event will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

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  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
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To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.