Welcome to a brief summary of our first annual PHRN Symposium, held on October 17, 2013!

The PHRN hosted its first annual Housing Research Symposium at the University of Victoria, October 17, 2013.  The topic for the Symposium was “Affordable Housing for Low Income People:  Solutions and Challenges.”  More than 70 people attended the Symposium, participating in keynote presentations, panel discussions, presentation and review of 13 research posters, networking and discussion forums.

Keynote presentations were delivered by Dr. Bernie Pauly, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Geoff Cross, an MA candidate in the School of Public Administration, both of University of Victoria, as well as by Jill Atkey, Director of Research and Education at BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) (see Jill’s PowerPoint presentation here).

A panel of four people working in the housing field addressed a number of questions:  what is one challenge to creating new sources of affordable housing and how can we address it?  What are some innovative solutions that could increase the supply of affordable housing?  Who is responsible for addressing the challenge or promoting the innovations?

Thirteen posters covering a wide range of current housing research were displayed and presented to the group.  Three posters were selected as prizewinners in a competition for “best poster.”  Each of the 13 posters represented passion, commitment to high quality research; many hours of work and vision for how specific sectors of affordable housing might be changed or improved.  Eleven of the posters are available for viewing here.

The Symposium was a great success, emphasizing the need for and timeliness of housing research in constructing solutions that are specific to individuals, groups and communities.  Strong connections among researchers, community and government practitioners and policy-makers were forged, which will lay the groundwork for further development in the housing research field.

For further detail about the Symposium, see the Winter 2014 newsletter.


We look forward to the second Symposium to be held on October 17, 2014 at the University of British Columbia.  Watch the website for further information!


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