Sophy Chan

Sophy ChanPhD (candidate) School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I am a sport scholar interested in studying the intersection between sport mega-events, public policy, housing rights, and low-income populations.

As a M.A. in Kinesiology student at the University of Western Ontario, I developed an interest in the ways gentrification of inner-city housing stock and displacement of low-income communities were closely associated with urban planning developments created for sport mega-events. My M.A. thesis investigated five municipal and provincial policies which contributed to the illegal displacement of low-income communities in the lead up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Poor enforcement of health and maintenance by-laws coupled with a desire from landowners to profit from Games development contributed to the displacement of low-income tenants living in single-room occupancy units.

As a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Masuda, I plan to further pursue my research interests by studying the social and health outcomes of the low-income communities dwelling in the Vancouver Olympic Village, a mixed-use community housing complex created to address various environmental, economic, and social issues associated with Vancouver’s longstanding housing crisis.

Relatively new to the field of environmental health studies, I am eager to learn more about the knowledge gaps surrounding advocacy, environment, health, and (hopefully!) sport research and contribute to ways in which we can to begin to close them.

Contact: 15swsc(at)queensu.ca

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