Matt Hern Book Launch

Message from Matt Hern

Hey Urbsters:
Am Johal, Joe Sacco and I have a new book out…/global-warming-and-sweetness-life

We’re launching it *Wednesday March 28th at 7:00 at the Western Front*
And then

*Thursday March 29th at 6:00 at the Surrey SFU Library *

You can find the event on Facebook by clicking here.


Networking Made Easy, Not Sleazy

Networking is about participating in a network, becoming part of a community of like-minded people who are having conversations of interest (e.g. about sustainable cities, regional development, eco-urbanism, food security, etc.) and forging, genuine, authentic relationships. 

The networks you build and develop will communicate best practices, help you fill a position in your organization, share contacts, give you feedback, challenge your thinking, provide advice, validate your work, give you the knowledge about the best way to do things or get things, find a new job, and help you with your business.

We all need networks personally and professionally.  In this session we’ll demystify networking; you’ll gain practical tips and insights about the basics of n16.etworking, discover how to make authentic connections and skip the sleaze by practicing how to best introduce your genuine self. With the knowledge that you’ll gain, combined with practice with your peers and a group of experience URB alumni,  you’ll be ready to approach networking with skill and confidence.

Facilitator:  Penny Freno, Career Educator, SFU Career and Volunteer Services

Friday, February 23, 5:30 pm.

Location:HC 1530

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP Karen by Friday, February 9.


Greetings Urbsters,

We had a great Soundwalk. Special thanks to Jorma and Leona for guiding us on the tour and to the Geography Department, some of whom joined us for the event.

Just some of those who attended.

It was a fascinating talk where we looked at how some spaces can encourage or discouraged users through sound. We also looked at how silence can be calming or ‘deafening’ based on how the space was constructed.

Continue reading “Soundwalk”

CBC Tour

Greetings Urban Studies Students,

The USGSA is coordinating a tour of the CBC and a special discussion with Johnny Michel – the Senior Managing Director for BC and Alberta.

This is an opportunity to explore several issues related to legacy media, their urban dimensions, and the challenges facing Canadian media corporations today.

The current state of both public and private journalism in this country is precarious. Legacy media (newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, radio) is suffering from a severe fragmentation of interests and loss of advertising. Many newspapers have either drastically reduced their print editions, reduced coverage of arts or rural regions, ceased print altogether and gone digital, or entirely gone under. What does this mean for the future of Canadian media and journalism? What does this mean for the number of arts and culture institutions in cities which work with the CBC or other media providers?

There are only a limited number of available spots, so please email

Location: CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton St

Date: November 2nd

Time: 10:45am – 12:45pm

Contact: Please RSVP by emailing


Thank you CBC for the wonderful tour and to Public Policy for joining us.




Urban Studies Soundwalk

Greetings Urban Studies Students,

The USGSA is pleased to announce that we have organized a Soundwalk. The tour will be run by Jorma Kujala and Leona Noche through the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective.

“A Soundwalk is a silent walk along a planned route to experience a location’s ambiance and underlying rhythms. All too often the sounds of the environment pass by unnoticed because of our uncanny ability to shut them out. A Soundwalk invites you to actively listen, opening ears and consciousness to the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times. It is a musical-sonic adventure that reveals the banal to be extraordinary!”

We have also invited students from Geography, Public Policy, and Gerontology. This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in other departments and to connect with other students.

Come join and learn more about the city through the world of sound.

Location: Harbour Center entrance in front of the Library. We will be doing a tour of the Vancouver Downtown.

Date: October 22nd

Time: 11am – 1pm

Contact: Although you can just show up, you can also message us to let us know that you are coming by emailing,

You can see examples of Soundwalks here

September 29th, VIFF Social

We will be seeing the film,  2 Cool 2 Be 4
Friday the 29th at 6pm.
We’ll meet by the concession of the International Village Cineplex.

New students can email us at to claim their free ticket.
Afterwards we’ll go to the Pint (or some similar spot in Gastown).

If you can make it, please let us know by commenting on the Facebook post, here.
This is so that we can get seats together.

You can get tickets here
And watch the trailer here


Urban Studies Student Orientation

Welcome to Urban Studies and the new semester. There will be a library orientation session on Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 in Room HC1350. The session will be led by our subject librarian, Nina Smart.

The student orientation, hosted by the Urban Studies Graduate Student Orientation, will take place Saturday, September 16th. Please come and welcome our new students.

1:00-2:30 Introductions and Information Session. Welcome and introductions from our Program Director and Program Manager, Graduate Student’s Society and Caucus. Information from Health Services, Career Services, and the Registrar.

2:40-3:00 Building Tour. Program offices and work space, and 3rd floor lunchroom

3:15-4:00 Alumni Panel. Urban Studies Alumni share their experiences and offer perspectives on making the most of the opportunities in the program.

4:15 Catch SeaBus to North Vancouver. Have your Compass Card loaded and ready!

4:45 Vancouver Port Reflection. Meet at the Burrard Dry Dock Pier – Resident Urban Waterfronts, Ports, and Logistics expert Peter Hall gives us some insight into our own Port-City.

5:00 Social @ Cheshire Cheese (Lonsdale Quay Market). Students, Faculty, Alumni are welcome to stay and socialize in a casual environment. Drinks and shared appetizers will be provided.