Surrey LIP News: The Inclusive Planning Partnership
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Surrey LIP is partnering with UBC on a three-year research project that aims to improve newcomer youth civic engagement and participation. The project is being led by Meged Sandbel, Professor with the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), UBC. The project is funded by SSHRC and supported by a team of SCARP graduate students.

The Inclusive Planning Partnership (IPP) brings together several organizations working in settlement services, urban and social planning, and social research. Our goal is to make recommendations to increase the capacity of vulnerable immigrants and refugees to participate in, benefit from, and enrich urban development processes in Surrey and Vancouver.

What We Want To Accomplish:

We want the project to be useful for the community and municipal partners, while also being relevant to other contexts with similar challenges. We will propose feasible changes to existing public engagement processes and planning according to the real engagement capacities of immigrants and refugees. In doing so, we hope to help improve experiences of participation in neighborhood planning, increase civic participation, and contribute to fostering a sense of belonging among immigrants and refugees.