October 12, 2023: IRES Student Seminar with Giulia Belotti and Brian Wang

1. Understanding debates over urban development projects: navigating sustainability, affordability, and livability issues in Vancouver’s Broadway Plan

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Location: Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre (Basement, 2212 Main Mall) Please check in at the Admissions Desk first before going to the Theatre.

No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.

Click here to register for Zoom link. Zoom will be terminated if we encounter tech problems 5 to 10 mins into the seminar.

Talk summary:

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is increasingly recognized as a promising approach to reduce GHG emissions, being transportation a major emitter in urban areas. However, densification and TOD are subjects of intense debate and controversy. This research sheds light on urban residents’ perceptions of transit-oriented development, focusing on the Broadway Plan, a transit-oriented initiative recently approved by the City of Vancouver, as a case study. Through the analysis of public hearings as well as semi-structured interviews, patterns in the perceptions of residents, community groups, and experts towards transit-oriented development were identified. The study reveals that people’s lived experiences significantly shape their attitudes towards development, influencing their vision of an ideal city and the policy direction they believe local governments should take. Understanding these diverse perspectives provides valuable insights for shaping future transit-oriented development policies that consider the needs of both present and future residents.

Giulia Belotti, IRES MA Student


Giulia is a master’s student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, supervised by Dr. Milind Kandlikar. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Trento in Political Science and International Relations. Giulia is interested in the social and political aspects of sustainability transitions and her master’s thesis explores the housing and climate crisis nexus, investigating urban resident’s perceptions of transit-oriented development projects. Giulia is also involved in a community-based, participatory research project exploring the impact of extreme heat on precariously housed individuals in Metro Vancouver. While at UBC, she has completed two sustainability internships: with Fraser Basin Council and CityHive.

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Brian Wang, IRES Msc Student


Brian is a MSc student in the UBC Ecohydrology Lab supervised by Dr. Mark Johnson. His research focuses on identifying physical (evasion transport) and chemical (carbonate system) controls on CO2 emissions from a forested stream in UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. He is developing a dissolved COmeasurement method, with improved sampling frequency and accuracy, to analyze water-air carbon interactions in finer detail. Evaluating physicochemical controls on carbon evasion will help to determine if these fluxes scale along with the accelerating hydrological cycle.