The Symposium

On November 22, 2016, the Urban Growth and Change Research Group held a research symposium on the work the group had conducted thus far as part of two SSHRC-funded projects. The leading question was “can improved understanding of buyer, seller and developer preferences help us meet our intensification goals?”

During the symposium, Professor Dawn Parker, Principal Investigator of the projects, introduced the background of the research projects and summary of results from completed student theses, including Emma DeFields on yard preferences, Jason Neudorf on employment accessibility and Kevin Yeung on household travel resources allocation. Former students Robert Babin and Jinny Tran presented the results from their theses on home value influencers and developer preferences. Margaret Parkin, the Region of Waterloo’s manager of Planning Research and Analytics, presented on the ION light rail transit monitoring project.

The video documents the presentation section of the symposium. To view the recording, click on the appropriate tab below.

The symposium also included information on our other research into property preferences, development of a household travel resource allocation model, and measuring access to employment. Click a tab below to read more about each thesis.

The Waterloo Urban Growth and Change Research Group is part of the University of Waterloo School of Planning, supervised by Dr. Dawn Parker. To learn more about the Waterloo Area Regional Model project, visit


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