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Previous Education: BAH Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada
Hometown: Somewhere between Montreal, Quebec and Bamako, Mali
Current Program: MA Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University
Supervisor: Karen Ferguson
Research and Urban Interests: Audrey’s research interests include community housing, urban geographies of religion, active citizenship and the right to the city, and equity planning. Her thesis project examines opportunities and barriers facing landowning churches seeking to develop affordable housing on their properties. She is interested in the role of all civil society institutions–including faith, labour, academic, and community organizations–in just city building. Her research emerges from her community organizing experience, which has focused on building networks of relational power among civil society through the Metro Vancouver Alliance.
Current and previous work: Audrey successfully developed a MITACS Accelerate proposal in partnership with Metro Vancouver Alliance and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. The community action project explored potentials for community land trusts and property redevelopment on church property. She has also acted as a Special Projects Organizer for MVA and organized a public education and engagement series on civil society led housing solutions. Prior to this, she spent several years building community organizing skills in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. You can read a more detailed profile of her background.
When not studying, Audrey enjoys baking fresh sourdough loaves and cooking large batches of vegetarian comfort food for her friends and family. She is also an aspiring urban farmer and has had quasi-successful experiments with gardening and chicken keeping, but won’t be easily discouraged!