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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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What are the benefits of urban intensification?
Read a summary or watch the full panel discussion on intensification in Hamilton. June 17, 2015

How has Hamilton Changed?
Read a new report on Neighbourhood Change in Hamilton since 1970. April 2015

What is gentrification, and what does it mean for Hamilton? Watch an interview with CRUNCH Director Dr. James Dunn from Cable 14's UrbanicityTV program. January 13, 2015

Visualizing Vibrant Neighbourhoods. Check out two stories on Your Ontario Research about the Great Neighbourhoods Visualization Project and other working being done at CRUNCH! November 27, 2014

Hipsters, seniors and a revitalized downtown. CBC Hamilton interviews Dr. James Dunn on November 21, 2014.




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