Talk about "hands on":
Housing research is more than a profession. It's a collective endeavour that engages individuals from all kinds of disciplines: economics, statistics, planning, construction, engineering; you name it. Bright people working together to gain insight into the realities of housing today, and the shape it might take tomorrow.
Housing touches the lives of every Canadian: urban and rural, from coast to coast to coast. Housing researchers play a critically important role in making sure the country's decision makers have the right information to make good decisions, for today and the future.
The NHRC's Housing Research Central puts you in direct contact with the latest in housing research right across Canada. Use this site to find out what's happening, and where
- See the Compendium of Housing Related Courses being offered at Canadian Universities.
- Locate the country's housing research hubs.
- Discover comprehensive repositories of information and research findings as well as links to on-line searchable library collections.
- Read theses and post your own.
- Most importantly, get involved. Connect with other students and housing researchers on our discussion forum; become an active member of CHRN: the Canadian Housing Research Network.
- Check out our Housing Researcher Mapping Project.
Housing research roles
These are just some of the many areas of housing research where your skills could be needed:
- Housing data collection and analysis
- Economic analysis of housing
- Housing market analysis
- Analysis of housing requirements
- Housing design
- Construction and renovation technology
- Field testing and monitoring
- Property management
- Community planning / urban design
- Environmental analysis
- Policy analysis
- Program evaluation
- Understanding housing needs affordable housing, Aboriginal housing, etc.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Housing Studies Achievement Award
In 2007 and 2009, CMHC honoured academic work that represented an important contribution to the understanding and advancement of housing in Canada.
Read summaries of the winners' (2007 and 2009) and honourable mentions (2009) theses. You can also hear the winners describe their innovative research.
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