Bio and CV
Michael Hooper is an Associate Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the politics of housing, land use and urbanization with particular interest in four related themes: displacement, disasters, spatial transformation and participatory planning. Hooper has broad geographical interests, ranging from Metro Vancouver to much further afield. Past research projects have addressed, among other topics, forced displacement in East Africa, post-disaster reconstruction in Haiti, urban densification in Mongolia and the climate-related risks faced by unsheltered residents of US cities. Originally from northern British Columbia, Hooper began university at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and received undergraduate and master’s degrees from McGill University and MIT. He completed his PhD at Stanford, where he conducted research on forced evictions and resettlement in Tanzania. Prior to joining UBC, he spent a decade teaching at Harvard University and worked with the United Nations in New York and Kenya. Hooper has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford and the Nordic Africa Institute. He is a registered professional planner in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.