Alumni & Student Publications


Adams, C. Book Review: The affordable city. Spacing Vancouver. 2021.


Fassihi, F. Thrive Health: a New Venture Connecting Patient Advocacy to Well-Being. International Journal of Community Well-Being. 2020.

Li, C., Banholzer, S., Callihoo, C and Felio, G. Seeing through a New Climate Lens: Canada’s Policy Approach to Climate-Resilient Infrastructure. ASCE Library. 2019.

Foong, P. and Lade, C.. Space activation and re-territorialisation. The Urban Transcripts Journal. 2020.


Holden, M. and Holt, R. Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency. The National Post. 2019.


Brunn, L. Vancouver mayor wants city to become a global model for housing affordability. The Vancouver Sun. 2018.

Farmer, D. and Perl, A.. The role of policy learning in urban mobility adaptation: exploring Vancouver’s plan to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Urban Research & Practice. 2018.

Regan, W.. Global planning innovations for urban sustainability. Routledge. 2018.


Evans, T. and Stolhandske, S.. On the bleeding edge of farming the city: an ethnographic study of small-scale commercial urban farming in Vancouver. 2017. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.

McDougall, K.. Cities in a sea of uncertainty: growing the conversation on regional governance and planning in Metro Vancouver. 2017.



Guenther, Diana. If Precarious Employment is the New Normal, How Come We're Not Talking About It? Policy Note. October 21, 2016. CCPA.

Holden, M., Li, C., Molina, A., Sturgeon, D. New actors and intermediary roles in the craft of ecourban neighbourhoods. Articulo Journal of Urban Research 14 [online]:

Holden, M., D. Sturgeon and S. Fung. Getting to Groundbreaking: Residential building approval processes in Metro Vancouver. Year 2: Focus on woodframe apartments. Vancouver: SFU Urban Studies and Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association. 42 pp

Holden, M., Thumm, A. Bringing the Neighbourhood Into Infill. SFU: Vancouver. Available online:

Thumm, A., Holden, M. Bringing the Neighbours Into Infill. SFU: Vancouver. Available online:

Sturgeon, D., Holden, M., Molina, A., Li, C. What does neighbourhood theory mean for Ecourbanism? Introduction to the special issue on ‘Ecourbanism Worldwide.’ Articulo Journal of Urban Research 14 [online]:

Thumm, A. and M. Holden. Who makes decisions around housing form? Paper presented at the Associate Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Portland, OR.



Holden, M., C. Li and A. Molina. The emergence and spread of eco-urban developments around the world. Sustainability Journal 7(9), 11418-11437; doi:10.3390/su70911418.

Holden, M., A. Molina and C. Li. Report of the inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Group: Ecourbanism Worldwide. Vancouver, Simon Fraser University Urban Studies Program.

Holden, M. and C. Li. Crafting new assemblages and steering neighbourhood transition. Association of European Schools of Planning Conference, Prague, CZ.

Holden, M., Scerri, A. and Hadizadeh Esfahani, A. Justifying failures within urban redevelopment success stories: dispute, compromise, and a new test of urbanity. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Online first: DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12182

Malatesta, Sergio. Intangibilidad de las áreas industriales. Revista Mundo Empresarial, May 2015, p22-23.



Gomez, R., Isakov, A. and Semansky, M. 2014. Small Business and the City: The Transformative Potential of Small Scale Entrepreneurship, Rotman-UTP Publishing, University of Toronto Press.

Holden, M., A. Hadizadeh Esfahani, and A. Scerri. Facilitated and emergent social learning in sustainable urban development: exposing a mismatch and moving toward convergence. Urban Research and Practice 7(1): 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2014.885735

Holden, M., Sidhu T. and Simon, J. Mostly gloom and not enough glimmer in housing report. Georgia Straight.

Holden, M., K Cameron, A.Farahbakhsh, C.Hunter, J.Simon, J.Magtoto, M.Friesen, M.Cross, S.Peterson, T. Sidhu. Rethinking the Region: 2nd annual SFU Urban Studies workshop summary report. Vancouver.

Holden, M. and Li, C. 2014. The emergence and spread of eco-urban developments around the world. World Sustainability Forum 2014 – Conference Proceedings Paper. Published online at:

Holden, M. and Sidhu, T. 2014. Getting to Groundbreaking, Year 1 Focus on Townhouses. Vancouver: SFU Urban Studies Program. 41 pp report. Available online:

Sidhu, T. and M. Holden. Evaluation of the Potential for Adoption of the STAR Communities Rating System in the City of Surrey. 9 pp.



Hall, Peter, Alireza Farahani, Kaleigh Johnston, and Choo-Ming Yeak. 2013. “Pathways to Immigrant Employment in the Port-Logistics Sector”, Metropolis BC, Working Paper No. 13-02.

Jackson, J. and Holden, M. 2013. Sustainable development compromise[d] in the planning of Metro Vancouver’s agricultural lands –the Jackson Farm case. Sustainability 5(11): 4843-69. Available online:



Alix Freiler and Meg Holden,  "Homelessness in the Liveable City: Public space Regulation in Olympic city Vancouver's Poorest Neighbourhood." Critical Planning Journal v.19 (2012), 5-35.

Sikee Liu and Nicholas Blomley, “Making News and Making Space: Framing Vancouver's Downtown Eastside,” The Canadian Geographer, December 2012, 1-14.

Diana Guenther, “Services for at-risk youth in BC: moving from dysfunction to effective support,” CCPA Policy Note, 2012,

Duncan Wlodarczak, "Smart growth and urban economic development: connecting economic development and land-use planning," Environment and Planning A, 44:5 (2012), 1255-1269

Duncan Low and Peter V. Hall, “The 2010 Cultural Olympiad: Playing for the Global or Local Stage?” International Journal of Cultural Policy, 18:2 (2012): 131-150.

Duncan Low, "Content Analysis and Press Coverage: Vancouver’s Cultural Olympiad", Canadian Journal of Communication, 37:3 (2012), 505-512.

John Calimente, “Rail integrated communities in Tokyo,” Journal of Transport and Land Use, 5:1 (2012),  19-32.

Sikee Liu and Nicholas Blomley, “Making News and Making Space: Framing Vancouver's Downtown Eastside,” The Canadian Geographer, December 2012, 1-14.



Peter V. Hall and Anthony Clark, “Maritime ports and the politics of reconnection,” in Desfor, G, Laidley, J, Schubert, D, and Stevens, Q. (eds) Transforming Urban Waterfronts: Fixity and Flow, (New York: Routledge, 2010), 17-34.

Erin O'Melinn, "Broadening Community Engagement: Policy Recommendations that Make Use of Civic Sunk Costs," SPARC BC Newsletter, 2010.



Andre Isakov, Going Local: Inspirational Stories of Local Government and Local Economy in British Columbia,  (Vancouver: Centre for Civic Governance, Columbia Institute, 2009).

Graham Senft, "The conscious city: Traffic congestion and change toward sustainability in metro Vancouver," Urban Environment, 3(2009), 93-103.

Meredith Starkey, M. Holden and C. Mochrie, “Finding Common Ground: An evaluation of the municipal engagement strategy on social sustainability indicator development in Metro Vancouver” (Vancouver: Regional Vancouver Urban Observatory, 2009).