Area V: Imagining Community Housing Futures

What housing imaginaries shape our understanding of community housing and what are their implications for investment in the sector?

In Canada, community housing has been formed at specific junctures of welfare state transformation and through ongoing processes of policy borrowing and learning. A ‘hybrid’ sector has coalesced over time but has come under increased pressure as operating agreements expire buildings age and demand increases. It remains subsidy dependent and fragmented; however, renewed engagement by federal and provincial governments has opened space for potential regeneration. 


  1. To describe and compare the imaginaries that have structured the community housing sector at particular conjunctures, including those that inform the NHS
  2. To identify ‘subaltern’ imaginaries, such as Indigenous notions of housing that are eclipsed by dominant ways of understanding community housing yet offer alternative ways of foreseeing its transformed purpose and function

Community Housing Futures Website

The work of Imagining Housing Futures is closely aligned with the Affordable Housing Solutions lab, led by Josh Evans.

Area Lead

Joshua Evans | University of Alberta

Dr. Evans brings expertise in social marginalization and spaces of policy development and implementation. His work has examined (a) spaces of care, home, and work and their role in shaping the lived experiences of socially marginalized and vulnerable individuals, and (b) spaces of policy development and implementation and their role in the creation of healthy, enabling and equitable urban environments.

Dr Evans maintains an academic blog which can be accessed here:


Tom Baker | University of Auckland

Dr Baker’s research focuses on how public policies are made and implemented. Specifically, his research focuses on policies and practices related to homelessness, housing, social security, and drug treatment.

Larry Murphy | University of Auckland

Dr Murphy has published widely on property topics including; homeownership, social rental housing, mortgage securitisation, office development, the institutional evolution of listed property trusts, finance capital and entrepreneurial urban governance.

André-Anne Parent | Université de Montréal

Dr Parent is an expert in social inequalities and public policy analysis. 

Rob Shields | University of Alberta

Dr Shields holds a Henry Marshall Tory Chair and is a leading theorist of the materialities and cultures of urban space. 

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Community Housing Futures Website