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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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January 13, 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, hosted by Urbanicity publisher Martin Gelenyse.

November 27, 2014 Check out two stories on Your Ontario Research about the Great Neighbourhoods Visualization Project and other working being done at CRUNCH! Watch a segment from Cable 14's UrbanicityTV

November 21, 2014 CBC Hamilton interviews Dr. James Dunn to ask "Why a revitalized downtown is what hipsters want and seniors need.

November 14, 2014 A special section in the Hamilton Spectator highlights positive economic, community and employment developments in Hamilton. Read the main story by Jon Wells "The Ties That Bind" which includes an interview with CRUNCH director Dr. James Dunn.

October 7, 2014 Read "The City We Need" commentary with Terry Cooke of the Hamilton Community Foundation, on municipal policy options to address income and health inequality.





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