Movements to solve the housing crisis: roles of researchers, academics and public policy professionals

October 12, 2023

Thursday, October 12, 2023

The Upstream Lab is a non-profit research lab based at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the population through addressing issues related to social determinants of health.

In this Episode 4 of our Speaker Series, our goals are to

  • discuss myths about renters, landlords and housing affordability
  • share how researchers, academics and public policy professionals can support advocates and movements to solve the housing crisis
  • define unruly research methodology and other ways we can change the landscape of conducting homelessness research



Sophia Ilyniak is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, Toronto. She is interested in the role of the non-profit sector in urban development processes, and exploring the possibilities of political and social change outside of it. Her work is critically informed by experiences in frontline social services, housing research as well as neighbourhood-based organizing. In 2022, Sophia published Make-work methodology: Canadian homelessness research and its role in austerity.


Ricardo Tranjan is a political economist and senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Previously, Ricardo managed Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and taught at universities in Ontario and Quebec. His early academic work focused on economic development and participatory democracy in Brazil, his native country. His current research is on the political economy of social policy in Canada. Ricardo is the author of The Tenant Class book published in May 2023.


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