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Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership



Our artistic partner Project: Humanity explain their work
with the NCRP
(Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership) project and promote their Indiegogo campaign to support the running of theatre programming in the youth shelter for the
next 3 months without any cost to the shelter.

Find out more about donating and supporting their work
in the shelter

Learn more about Project: Humanity
~ Filmed by: Allison Olivares and Sandra Gonzalez
~ Edited by: Lin Rocha


Mounting evidence of increasing income and wealth inequalities in western nations points to the emergence of new and intense socio-economic, ethno-cultural, and spatial divisions in many cities.

There is a need for appropriate policy responses to prevent or alleviate inequities, reduce concentrated poverty, and reverse trends that affect the liveability of large urban areas. Jurisdictions in Canada and elsewhere have implemented policies to respond to these divisions. Identifying and evaluating the effectiveness of such policies with our community partners is a key objective of the research.

Our partnership focuses on urban inequality and socio-spatial (i.e., neighbourhood) polarization in six Canadian metropolitan areas: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto (including Hamilton and Oshawa), Montréal, and Halifax.

With our partners we are exploring: 

(1) trends in urban and neighbourhood change since 1971;

(2) processes responsible for these changes;

(3) the consequences of change that lead to inequality and polarization; 

(4) policy and program options that address inequality and thereby improve human well-being and urban environments. Socio-spatial inequality and polarization are pressing global issues, yet difficult to understand, because they exhibit distinct national, regional, and (especially) local forms.

We are particularly interested in understanding changes that result in cities that are sharply divided between wealthy and impoverished neighbourhoods.

Dr. Gallagher is a co-investigator in this study. More information can be found at the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership website.

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