A Place Like Home: student research symposium

Are you a Vancouver-area university student researching housing-related issues? Check out this November event.

Date and time

November 15, 2023
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM


SFU Vancouver
515 W Hastings
Segal Conference Room & Teck Gallery
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This in-person event at the SFU Vancouver campus will showcase student research, artwork, and photography (or other visual displays). Call for abstracts and art submissions open now until September 30.

Homes are places in which people grow up, form relationships, work, study, and age. An inquiry into housing is not limited to physical structures, but also the social connections, well-being, and sense of belonging that are integral to where we live. The community and housing nexus refers to this relationship between where we live and the communities we are apart of or aspire to be apart of.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary field of housing studies, this symposium aims to address critical themes in housing planning and policy, sociology, anthropology, health, gerontology, geography, and economics. We hope to facilitate meaningful discussions about what the changing landscape of housing means for our individual and collective communities, now and into the future.

The symposium hopes to spotlight student research and foster an environment where students can exchange ideas, connect, and collaborate with other researchers.

Call for abstracts

We invite contributions from students in any field to share their research. We especially value contributions that critique current policy approaches to unmet housing demand; comment on discriminatory housing policy & practices; question meanings and experiences of housing insecurity; and analyze social dynamics in residential contexts. Some examples of relevant topics and research questions are listed below.

  • Housing affordability
  • Alternative forms of housing (e.g.non-profithousing)
  • Housing, built-environment and wellbeing
  • Housing policy and planning
  • Sustainable residential forms and climat echange
  • Experiences of housing vulnerability, insecurity
  • Housing, social life and social equity
  • Human right to housing
  • Housing for Indigenous communities
  • Meanings of home and community for newcomers

Abstracts (250 words) should summarize the research objective, methodology and key findings.

Call for original artwork

We will have a small reception in the Teck Gallery after research presentations. We invite students and members of SFU community to display or exhibit their artwork, photography (or other visual displays!) around the theme of home, housing, or community. This can be related to your hometown, your own house, or other creative interpretations of what ‘home’ means to you. We especially value submissions from BIPOC artists.

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of SFU graduate students and faculty. Successful submissions will be contacted by mid-October and asked to display their work at the Teck Gallery for November 15 afternoon.

If you are interested, please email Robyn Lee with a brief artist statement and/ or bio, a photo of your artwork, a brief description about it, and the dimensions (size of artwork).

Thank you to our symposium sponsors!

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