The Pacific Housing Research Network (PHRN) held the second annual BC housing research symposium on November 19, 2014 in Richmond BC. Co-located with the BC Non Profit Housing Association annual conference, the symposium offered a unique opportunity for scholars, practitioners and policy makers to explore together recent housing related research findings. The annual symposium reflects the primary goal of the PHRN to: facilitate multi-sectoral research focussed on housing affordability and sustainability, and foster dialogue and collaboration among housing researchers and stakeholders across BC, to encourage the effective application of research results to housing solutions.
The symposium showcased research in two formats (poster and panel presentations) to encourage the sharing of lessons learned from research and to provide an opportunity to discuss ongoing research projects. Researchers engaged in lively discussions with symposium participants including city planners, graduate students, non profit housing providers, builders, funders and those working to end homelessness.
Additionally, the PHRN is interested in encouraging students to consider housing as an area of choice for their career thus, the symposium gathered housing related research questions and student research opportunities and live tweeted these during the conference.
Finally, there is much research still to be done to meet the goal of affordable and sustainable housing in BC. The annual symposium was an opportunity to ensure that those interested in furthering housing related research have access to information from funding partners across the province. PHRN made available at the symposium current information on funding opportunities.
Within the summary report you will find links to the presenters, their published research or the organization where the community researchers are based. We welcome you to continue the discussions seeded at the symposium by contacting the researchers directly or through PHRN.
BC Housing Research Symposium 2014: Summary Report