School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP)
The UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP)’s mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education and community service. The School of Community and Regional Planning at U.B.C. is one of the ﬁrst dedicated planning-schools in Canada. With more than ﬁve decades of experience in graduate planning education and research, SCARP pioneered the integrated approach to planning for development.
Research Collaborations in Asia
- In partnership with De La Salle University and Bulacan State University, Dr. Leonora Angeles is the Principal Investigator of Collaborative Governance of Urbanizing Watersheds: Integrated research, institution- and Capacity Building for Sustainability and climate risk adaptation in Angat River Basin, Philippines. This project will examine collaborative governance as a response to watershed deterioration and climate risks in the Philippines, and how collaborative governance can promote sustainable management of watersheds and climate risk adaptation. The partners will primarily investigate the case of Angat watership which provides irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga provinces and supplies over 10% of electricity and 97% of water in Metro Manila.
- The research project: Informality and Governance in Peri-Urban South East Asia: a study of the Jakarta and Hanoi Metropolitan Regions is led by Dr. Michael Leaf. This study, in collaboration with the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Institute of Technology Bandung, is structured as a parallel examination of local regulatory and governance practices in selected villages in the peri-urban areas of Jakarta and Hanoi, with the understanding that although the administrative structures of these two cities and their regions differ in many respects, there are important commonalities.
- Dr. Jinhua Zhao is the Principal Investigator of: Bidding to drive: Car license auction policy in Shanghai and its public acceptance. This study investigates three aspects of Shanghai’s car ownership policy: the current level of acceptance and the factors that determine acceptance such as perceived effectiveness, affordability and equity concerns; the policy’s evolution and fine-tuning since its commencement; and the issues involved in policy transfer. Dr. Zhao is the Commissioner of China Planning Network (CPN), a think tank focused on China’s urbanization. CPN is dedicated to advancing the state of scholarship on China’s urban development and making it accessible to the widest population in China.