GSA Presents: GeoTalks Lunch - "Living in Vancouver" @ UBC Geography Students' Association, Vancouver [13 February]

GSA Presents: GeoTalks Lunch - "Living in Vancouver"

12:30 - 13:15

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UBC Geography Students' Association
1984 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2
Date: Tuesday, February 13th
Time: 12:30pm — 1:15pm
Location: Geography Building, Room 215D

Come out to our first GeoTalks lunch of the semester!

GeoTalks is an informal monthly event where students can get to know faculty members and the department head over lunch. Traditionally, discussion topics have ranged from research interests to life experiences. This year, each GeoTalks will be centralized around themes based on current events. So while students and faculty members/instructors can get to know each other, they will also engage in fruitful discussions about contemporary events!

This session is themed «Living in Vancouver — Impacts of Soaring Rent and Transit-Oriented Development?» The housing crisis has been a hot topic for a while now and will continue to be with changes in taxation (particularly foreign homebuyer tax) and witness to high vacancy rates, eviction due to unaffordability, and more that is shaping urban Vancouver. We would like to engage with questions around how this housing/real-estate crisis came about, offshore capital influences, predicted impacts and trends such as rising homelessness, as well as look into the role and influence of transit-oriented development. Come chat with our guests about this issue over some free lunch!

Please RSVP for the event via Eventbrite to attend:

Elvin Wyly (bio from Geog website):
Elvin Wyly is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He studies the relations between market processes and state policy in producing and reinforcing urban social inequalities. His approach blends elements of critical social theory, legal and policy analysis, and multivariate quantitative methods designed to engage state and corporate institutions on their own terrain, with their own data. Current and recent research projects focus on class, racial, and gender discrimination in housing finance in the U.S. urban system; the transformation and financialization of implicit and explicit housing subsidies; the role of transnational financial circuits in the reconfiguration of segregation, displacement, and gentrification; historical and contemporary conflicts between positivist and nonpositivist modes of geographical knowledge production; the quantitative algorithmic evolution of competitive dynamics among and within educational institutions; housing affordability and the evolution of suburban development in Canadian and U.S. cities; the implications of mass social networking for urban and geographical theory; and the cybernetic political epistemologies of resurgent White nationalist racism in Trump’s America.

Craig E. Jones
Craig E. Jones is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. His current research project is a comparative study of five rental neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver’s suburban centres. Craig employs a mixed-methods approach to incorporate a variety of data sources in order to study how transportation and land use planning, municipal housing policy, and the development industry have increased redevelopment pressure on aging, affordable, purpose-built rental apartment buildings that provide housing options to marginalized renters such as low-income people, recent immigrants, and refugees.
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