Centre for Human Settlements

The Centre for Human Settlements, a unit within the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), involves faculty and student associates from various departments at UBC in multidisciplinary research and capacity-building programs related to regional, urban, and community development. In 1990, CHS was named a "Centre of Excellence" in human settlements planning by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Angeles, Leonora Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the intergration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work
Chang, Stephanie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) All other social sciences, n.e.c.; natural disasters; risk; resilience; climate change adaptation; infrastructure systems; earthquakes; coastal hazards
Frank, Lawrence Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) health and environmental impacts of transportation and urban planning (land use) decisions. transportation, transit, public health, sustainability, sprawl, neighbourhood walkability, physical activity, urban planning, Sustainable transportation
Gurstein, Penelope Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Housing
Leaf, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) urbanization and social change in Third World countries, particularly southeast Asia and China, Analysis and planning for societies in the midsts of their urban transitions, with particular attention to cases in Asia, Infrastructure and urban environments in developing countries
Sandercock, Leonie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) multiculturalism and cities, urban policy, integration of immigrants, cross-cultural planning, First Nations collaborative community planning
Senbel, Maged Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Urban design, environmental planning, climate change planning, public engagement, urban agriculture, multi-media, social media and youth engagement
Stevens, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) evaluating the effectiveness of local and regional government land use planning efforts, with a goal of producing new knowledge that can help communities anticipate and adapt to changes according to the principles of sustainable development; plan-making and implementation, growth management, natural hazard mitigation, and legal issues in planning; (1) a study of municipal climate change planning in BC, (2) a meta-analysis of environmental policy adoption, (3) a plan evaluation study of award-winning plans, and (4) a study on the content and delivery of quantitative methods courses in urban planning programs