David Hulchanski

Urban Studies Program

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David Hulchanski

Professor, Housing and Community Development

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

University of Toronto



Teaching in 2021-2022 Fall/Winter Session:


URB339H1S – Divided City/United City


David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, where he holds the Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing.  He is cross-appointed with the geography and planning program.


His PhD is in urban planning (1981). His research and teaching is focused on housing, neighbourhoods, and community development. In the 1980s he was a professor of community planning at the University of British Columbia and director of the UBC Centre for Human Settlements. He was the director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Urban and Community Studies from 2000 to 2008.


He is currently the principal investigator (director of research) of a 7-year $2.5 million research partnership, the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, focused on neighbourhoods and socio-spatial change in Canadian cities with international comparisons. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and other partners fund the research. See: https://neighbourhoodchange.ca


David Hulchanski is the author of a report on Toronto as a “divided city,” The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005.  See:  https://3cities.neighbourhoodchange.ca