Penny GPenny Gurstein, PHRN Co-Chair
Director, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia

Dr. Penny Gurstein is Professor and Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements at UBC. She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. Her research focuses on developing strategies and interventions that encourage diversity, equity and urban sustainability in the planning and design of communities.


Bruce Wallace, PHRN Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Bruce brings with him over twenty years of experience with non-profit agencies, often collaborating with consumer-led agencies focusing on poverty, homelessness, health, mental health, and substance use. His current research includes: principal investigator of Preventing and Reducing Harms of Substance Use in Homeless Shelter Programs project; co-investigator with the Equity-Oriented Primary Health Care Interventions for Marginalized Populations project, the Equitable Access to Care for People with Life Limiting Conditions project, the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) Program, Working Together: Evaluating the Implementation of Integrated Services for People Experiencing Homelessness and Problematic Substance Use; and a co-principal investigator on the Role of Transitional Housing in Recovery from Homelessness and Substance Use research project.

Elizabeth Tang Elizabeth Tang is Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Knowledge Transfer Consultant in BC. She is focused on engaging with professionals in the housing industry, academics and provincial and municipal governments to ensure access to the latest and most relevant housing information from CMHC. She is currently focused in the areas of integrated accessible and adaptable design, solutions for aging in place and designing for housing affordability.


Deborah Kraus2 Deborah Kraus is the Manager of Research and Information Transfer at BC Housing.  Deborah has more than 20 years experience conducting research and policy analysis on housing and homelessness for all levels of government and many community-based organizations.  She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters degree from SFU in Public Policy.



 Bernie Pauly, RN, PhD. University of Victoria. In addition to my appointment as an Associate Profession in Nursing, I am a scientist in the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia. Currently, I am co-chair of the School of Nursing Research and Scholarship and a member of the School Advisory Committee.  At the undergraduate level, I teach nursing research and public health nursing.  At the graduate level, I teach an elective in public health nursing and social justice. Associate Professor, School of Nursing Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).

Morris, Marleen FINALMarleen Morris is the Co-Director at the Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Northern British Columbia. Since its inception in 2004, the CDI has worked with a broad mandate in community, economic, and regional development. Marleen is the founder of the Leaders Lab and The Forge, two programs for community and economic development and transition in Fort St. John, BC. Before joining the CDI, Marleen served on the executive team of the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and on the regional executive for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Marleen was appointed by the provincial government to the Board of Directors for BC Housing; served as Board President of the Bloom Group, one of the largest community service organizations in the province; and on provincial policy and program committees for the United Way. Marleen holds an MSc (Management) from University of Oxford and HEC (joint program) and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from UBC.

 Carlos Teixeira  Associate Professor  Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan. His research interests include: urban and social geography with emphasis on migration processes; community formation, housing and neighbourhood change; ethnic entrepreneurship and the social structure of Canadian cities; gentrification; racialization in the city; class segregation; urban form.


Dr. Nathanael Lauster is Associate Professor in Sociology at UBC. He is the author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City. In addition to being a member of the PHRN Steering Committe, Nathan is a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of Housing Studies.

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Dr. Nolan Beise is the Mitacs Business Developer for Vancouver Island. He is interested in facilitating and funding research collaborations between academia and the private sector to drive experiential learning and innovation. Mitacs works with all University disciplines and for-profit, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organizations.



Tricia Roche has worked with people experiencing homelessness, housing service providers, and housing researchers. She has many years of experience funding housing for women and children, evaluating youth shelters and facilitating partnerships between university and community organizations. She has specific experience with network development in the refugee rights, youth & family and housing sectors. As Coordinator of the Pacific Housing Research Network, Tricia staffs the Steering Committee.  email:

The PHRN is funded by BC Housing and CMHC, with other Steering Committee partner organizations providing significant in-kind contributions.

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