David Ley

Professor Emeritus
phone 604 822 6226
location_on GEOG 121

Education

Pennsylvania State University, 1972, MS, PhD
Oxford, 1968, BA, Honours

About

 

I have undertaken a number of projects on immigration to Canadian cities, including: immigration, housing and labour markets; offsetting immigration and domestic migration in world cities; immigration and poverty; immigrant churches as service hubs; multiculturalism and the governance of diversity. An abiding focus has been the experience of wealthy business migrants. This work is drawn together in Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines (2010). A principal long-term interest has been with processes of social and spatial change in older inner city neighbourhoods, notably work on gentrification, processes of urban reinvestment leading to housing renovation or redevelopment and the replacement and displacement of poorer households by the middle-class.

There are two current projects. The first is a comparative study of housing market bubbles, their causes, social consequences, and policy responses in five global cities. A second project involves participation in the national Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, examining growing income inequality and polarisation in large Canadian cities

Dr. Ley was Department Head (2009-2012). He was the first UBC Director of the Metropolis Project, examining issues of immigration and integration in Greater Vancouver and beyond, and has been appointed a Trudeau Fellow and also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Geography.

Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2022)


Publications

2021

LEY, D. 2021. A regional growth ecology, a great wall of capital, and a metropolitan housing Market. Urban Studies 58 (2): 297-315. doi: 10.1177/0042098019895226

2020

LEY, D. 2020. Housing Vancouver, 1972-2017: A personal urban geography. The Canadian Geographer 64 (4): 441-54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12663

LEY,D. and S.Y. TEO. 2020. Is comparative gentrification possible? Sceptical voices from Hong Kong. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44 (1): 166-172. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12845

2019

GRIGORYEVA, I. and D. LEY. 2019. The price ripple effect in the Vancouver housing market. Urban Geography 40 (8) :1168-1190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2019.1567202

YANG, Q. and D. LEY. 2019. Residential relocation and the remaking of socialist workers through  state-facilitated urban redevelopment in Chengdu, China. Urban Studies 56(12): 2480-98. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018790724

2017

LEY, D. 2017. Global China and the making of Vancouver’s residential property market. International Journal of Housing Policy 17 (1): 15-34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2015.1119776

2016

DWYER, C., J. TSE, and D. LEY. 2016. Highway to Heaven’: the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia. Social and Cultural Geography: 17 (5): 667-693. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848

JONES, C. E., and D. LEY. 2016. Transit-oriented development and gentrification along Metro Vancouver’s low-income corridor. The Canadian Geographer 60 (1): 9-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12256


Awards

Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2022)


David Ley

Professor Emeritus
phone 604 822 6226
location_on GEOG 121

Pennsylvania State University, 1972, MS, PhD
Oxford, 1968, BA, Honours

 

I have undertaken a number of projects on immigration to Canadian cities, including: immigration, housing and labour markets; offsetting immigration and domestic migration in world cities; immigration and poverty; immigrant churches as service hubs; multiculturalism and the governance of diversity. An abiding focus has been the experience of wealthy business migrants. This work is drawn together in Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines (2010). A principal long-term interest has been with processes of social and spatial change in older inner city neighbourhoods, notably work on gentrification, processes of urban reinvestment leading to housing renovation or redevelopment and the replacement and displacement of poorer households by the middle-class.

There are two current projects. The first is a comparative study of housing market bubbles, their causes, social consequences, and policy responses in five global cities. A second project involves participation in the national Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, examining growing income inequality and polarisation in large Canadian cities

Dr. Ley was Department Head (2009-2012). He was the first UBC Director of the Metropolis Project, examining issues of immigration and integration in Greater Vancouver and beyond, and has been appointed a Trudeau Fellow and also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Geography.

Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2022)

2021

LEY, D. 2021. A regional growth ecology, a great wall of capital, and a metropolitan housing Market. Urban Studies 58 (2): 297-315. doi: 10.1177/0042098019895226

2020

LEY, D. 2020. Housing Vancouver, 1972-2017: A personal urban geography. The Canadian Geographer 64 (4): 441-54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12663

LEY,D. and S.Y. TEO. 2020. Is comparative gentrification possible? Sceptical voices from Hong Kong. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44 (1): 166-172. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12845

2019

GRIGORYEVA, I. and D. LEY. 2019. The price ripple effect in the Vancouver housing market. Urban Geography 40 (8) :1168-1190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2019.1567202

YANG, Q. and D. LEY. 2019. Residential relocation and the remaking of socialist workers through  state-facilitated urban redevelopment in Chengdu, China. Urban Studies 56(12): 2480-98. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018790724

2017

LEY, D. 2017. Global China and the making of Vancouver’s residential property market. International Journal of Housing Policy 17 (1): 15-34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2015.1119776

2016

DWYER, C., J. TSE, and D. LEY. 2016. Highway to Heaven’: the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia. Social and Cultural Geography: 17 (5): 667-693. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848

JONES, C. E., and D. LEY. 2016. Transit-oriented development and gentrification along Metro Vancouver’s low-income corridor. The Canadian Geographer 60 (1): 9-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12256

Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2022)

David Ley

Professor Emeritus
phone 604 822 6226
location_on GEOG 121

Pennsylvania State University, 1972, MS, PhD
Oxford, 1968, BA, Honours

 

I have undertaken a number of projects on immigration to Canadian cities, including: immigration, housing and labour markets; offsetting immigration and domestic migration in world cities; immigration and poverty; immigrant churches as service hubs; multiculturalism and the governance of diversity. An abiding focus has been the experience of wealthy business migrants. This work is drawn together in Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines (2010). A principal long-term interest has been with processes of social and spatial change in older inner city neighbourhoods, notably work on gentrification, processes of urban reinvestment leading to housing renovation or redevelopment and the replacement and displacement of poorer households by the middle-class.

There are two current projects. The first is a comparative study of housing market bubbles, their causes, social consequences, and policy responses in five global cities. A second project involves participation in the national Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, examining growing income inequality and polarisation in large Canadian cities

Dr. Ley was Department Head (2009-2012). He was the first UBC Director of the Metropolis Project, examining issues of immigration and integration in Greater Vancouver and beyond, and has been appointed a Trudeau Fellow and also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Geography.

Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2022)

2021

LEY, D. 2021. A regional growth ecology, a great wall of capital, and a metropolitan housing Market. Urban Studies 58 (2): 297-315. doi: 10.1177/0042098019895226

2020

LEY, D. 2020. Housing Vancouver, 1972-2017: A personal urban geography. The Canadian Geographer 64 (4): 441-54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12663

LEY,D. and S.Y. TEO. 2020. Is comparative gentrification possible? Sceptical voices from Hong Kong. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44 (1): 166-172. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12845

2019

GRIGORYEVA, I. and D. LEY. 2019. The price ripple effect in the Vancouver housing market. Urban Geography 40 (8) :1168-1190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2019.1567202

YANG, Q. and D. LEY. 2019. Residential relocation and the remaking of socialist workers through  state-facilitated urban redevelopment in Chengdu, China. Urban Studies 56(12): 2480-98. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018790724

2017

LEY, D. 2017. Global China and the making of Vancouver’s residential property market. International Journal of Housing Policy 17 (1): 15-34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2015.1119776

2016

DWYER, C., J. TSE, and D. LEY. 2016. Highway to Heaven’: the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia. Social and Cultural Geography: 17 (5): 667-693. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848

JONES, C. E., and D. LEY. 2016. Transit-oriented development and gentrification along Metro Vancouver’s low-income corridor. The Canadian Geographer 60 (1): 9-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12256

Elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2022)