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Associate Professor Pablo Mendez

Housing markets; Urban land and inequality; Urbanization in the global north and south

Degrees:B.A Honours (SFU), M.A. (UBC), Ph.D. (UBC)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2575
Office:B441 LA


I received my PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia, where I subsequently carried out postdoctoral work in association with the Global Suburbanisms project at York University. My research has focused on urban informality, the uses of housing, accessory dwelling units, the evolution of suburban ways of living, and the settlement process of transnational migrants in metropolitan Canada. Currently, I’m working on a collaborative SSHRC-funded project on the relationship between location efficiency and housing affordability, particularly in relation to young adults in Canadian metropolitan areas. I am also interested in the links between urbanization and grassroots politics in the global north and south.

Research Interests:

  • Housing and metropolitan change
  • Informality and urban livelihoods
  • Urbanization and grassroots politics

2021 – 2022 Courses:

  • GEOG 1023 Introduction to Cities and Urbanization
  • GEOG 2200 Global Connections
  • GEOG 3404 Geographies of Economic Development

Recent Publications:

Ley, David, Alison Mountz, Pablo Mendez, Loretta Lees, Margaret Walton-Roberts, Ilse Helbrecht (2020) Housing Vancouver, 1972–2017: A personal urban geography and a professional response. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 64(4): 438-466.

Mendez, P. (2019) Economic restructuring and housing markets in Vancouver: The role of secondary suites. BC Studies  200 (Winter): 187-214.

Mendez, P. (2018) Encounters with difference in the subdivided house: The case of secondary suites in Vancouver. Urban Studies 55(6): 1274-1289.

Mendez, P. (2017) Linkages between the formal and informal sectors in a Canadian housing market: Vancouver and its secondary suite rentals. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 61(4): 550-563.

Mendez, P. (2016) Professional experts and lay knowledge in Vancouver’s accessory apartment rental market. Environment and Planning A 48(11): 2223-2238.

Mendez, P. and N. Quastel (2015) Subterranean commodification: Informal housing and the legalization of basement suites in Vancouver from 1928 to 2009. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39(6): 1155–1171.

Moos, M. and P. Mendez (2015) Suburban ways of living and the geography of income: How homeownership, single-family dwellings and automobile use define the metropolitan social space. Urban Studies 52(10): 1864-1882.

Moos, M., P. Mendez, L. McGuire, E. Wyly, A. Kramer, R. Walter-Joseph, M. Williamson (2015) More continuity than change? Re-evaluating the contemporary socio-economic and housing characteristics of suburbs. Canadian Journal of Urban Research 24(2): 64-90.

Mendez, P., Moos, M. and Osolen, R. (2015) Driving the commute: Getting to work in the auto-mobility city. In A. Walks (Ed.). The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility: Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics. Routledge.