The Centre for Human Settlements, a unit within the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), involves faculty and student associates from various departments at UBC in multidisciplinary research and capacity-building programs related to regional, urban, and community development. In 1990, CHS was named a "Centre of Excellence" in human settlements planning by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The Centre was created as a legacy of the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT) that was held in Vancouver and resulted in the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements. CHS originally housed the collection of audio video presentations by each participating nation in the HABITAT Conference. In the early 1990s, the entire collection was deposited in the University of British Columbia’s Archives.

Faculty associates are currently undertaking policy-oriented research on:

  • community design, transportation and public health
  • gender equity
  • healthy and sustainable communities
  • international development planning and urbanization
  • metropolitan governance
  • participatory planning
  • planning for disaster resilience
  • risk analysis
  • rural-urban linkages

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The Centre for Human Settlements
1933 West Mall, Rm 242s
Tel: 604-822-5254; Fax: 604-822-6164

Cosmopolis Lab, Rm 250
Tel: 604-822-2352

Disaster Reduction Planning Collaboratory, Rm 243
Tel: 604-822-1625

Bombardier Active Transportation Lab, Rm 215
Tel: 604-822-1898

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