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Professor David Hulchanski

David Hulchanski


Dr. Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing
Ph.D. Urban Planning, University of Toronto

Phone Number: 
(416) 978-1973
Office Location: 

Room 538

Office Hours: 

To book an appointment email

Research Interests: 
  • Housing
  • social policy
  • neighbourhoods
  • inequality
  • homelessness

David Hulchanski joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 1991 as a Professor of housing and community development and since 1997 holds the Faculty’s endowed chair in housing, the Dr. Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing. He holds a cross-appointment with the Graduate Program in Planning, Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.

David’s research and teaching focus on housing need, neighbourhoods, community development, social and economic rights, and homelessness. He teaches courses on housing, homelessness, neighbourhood change, and community development.

He led a team that completed a 5-year $1 million SSHRC funded study of socio-economic and ethno-cultural change in Toronto’s neighbourhoods in 2010. The key summary report from that project is:  The Three Cities In Toronto: Income Polarization among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005. See: He is now the PI of a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant (2012-2021) focused on neighbourhood change in seven Canadian cities with international comparisons. Partners include local United Ways, social planning councils and other community agencies in the six Canadian cities. See:

David is a former North American editor of the journal Housing Studies. In 2013, he received a University of Toronto Award of Excellence, the Carolyn Touhy Impact on Public Policy Award. He served on a European Union research advisory board for a ten-nation project on immigrant settlement and inclusion (2013-2017). He currently serves on the international research advisory board of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.