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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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Thank You! To all our friends, collaborators and research participants.  The work of CRUNCH is coming to an end. In four years, we have had the honour of working with and learning from over 3000 residents in Hamilton, Peel Region, Halton Region and Toronto. It has been a pleasure. All of our community reports will continue to be available on this website, and through MacSphere, McMaster's Institutional Repository. We in the CRUNCH team wish you all the best!

Big Data at McMaster. Interested in learning more about how CRUNCH data is collected and used? Watch this short video created for McMaster's Big Ideas, Better Cities initiative.

Neighbourhood in Transition. A feature article on the Beasley neighbourhood in Hamilton includes research done by CRUNCH as part of the Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study.

How affordable is rental housing in your community? The Canadian Rental Housing Index is a new tool that defines how critical the affordable housing shortage is across the country.  

What are the benefits of urban intensification?

Read a summary or watch the full panel discussion on intensification in Hamilton.

How has Hamilton Changed?

A report on Neighbourhood Change in Hamilton since 1970 demonstrates how changes in the local economy have effected different parts of the city.




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