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The Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) is a cluster of affiliated researchers, facilities and equipment, housed at McMaster University.


  • collaborates with partners in government, industry, the charitable and nonprofit sectors, and with community groups
  • engages with the end users of our research at all stages of a project, from study design to sharing final results 
  • examines the complex interactions between housing, neighbourhoods and health

Research focii:

  • population health
  • neighbourhood-level indicators of health
  • healthy child development
  • social determinants of health
  • urban development strategy
  • place-based policy 

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How affordable is rental housing in your community? The Canadian Rental Housing Index is a new tool that defines how critical the affordable housing shortage is across the country.  

Housing in an Unequal World. This conference in Chicago includes a presentation by CRUNCH Direct Dr. Dunn on the changes in Toronto's Regent Park housing complex. 

What are the benefits of urban intensification?
Read a summary or watch the full panel discussion on intensification in Hamilton.

How has Hamilton Changed?

A new report on Neighbourhood Change in Hamilton since 1970 demonstrates how changes in the local economy have effected different parts of the city.




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