Lauren Brown


PhD Candidate

Lauren was born and raised in the U.S. and has been a visitor on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory since 2017. Her previous work focused on environmental and food justice through participatory projects in Utah, New York, and Guatemala. She also completed a Fulbright grant in Mauritius facilitating community-based mapping around climate change, and a Jane Jacobs Fellowship in Toronto designing and installing an agricultural green roof. Teaching history: PLAN 508 Foundations of Planning Theory and History 2018 - 2020 (TA) PLAN 530 Affordable Housing Policy and Planning, 2021 (TA) PLAN 331 The Just City in a Divided World, 2021(TA) PLAN 211 City-making: A Global Perspective (TA)

Housing and homelessness policy

Lauren’s current research and activism are focused on housing and homelessness policy, highlighting the complexities of emergency shelter in the global north. Emergency shelters are often framed and discussed in terms of emergency services and crisis, but must also be understood in the context of colonization, racial capitalism, and in relation to global housing issues and deepening housing unaffordability. By thinking about the current housing “crisis” as rooted in these histories of land, race, and power, Lauren’s work draws out the slower, more subtle forms of violence embedded in housing and homelessness policy.

As Teacher's Assistant:

  • PLAN 508, Foundations of Planning Theory and History
  • PLAN 530, Affordable Housing Policy and Planning
  • PLAN 331, The Just City in a Divided World
  • PLAN 211, City-making: A Global Perspective
  • International Doctoral Fellowship, 2017 - 2022
  • H. Peter Oberlander Scholarship in Community and Regional Planning, 2019- 2020
  • UBC Partnership Recognition Fund Sponsorship for the Camp K-T Oral Testimony Project in partnership with Watari Counseling and Support Services, 2021.
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