Happier cities: What’s the secret?

Now more than ever, cities are undergoing significant changes. After two years of the pandemic, a sense of community has receded in many locations; urban development has altered our access to nature; and calls for greater accessibility, inclusion, and sustainability have grown. So how can we improve our metropolitan experiences?

In this webinar, three UBC experts discuss how to cultivate happiness in urban environments. These speakers share insights from their research into cities, health, and wellbeing. From the importance of green spaces in civic centres to meaningfully matching people with the spaces they occupy, learn about how we can all make cities happier places to be.

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Uytae Lee (he/him) – Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media


  • Dr. Lorien Nesbitt, PhD’18 (she/her) – Assistant Professor, Urban Forestry and Environmental Justice, UBC Faculty of Forestry
  • Inge Roecker – Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UBC Faculty of Applied Science
  • Winki Tam, BA’17 (she/her) – Manager, Placemaking and Public Spaces team, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association


Recorded October 26, 2022.