Binay Adhikari (विनय अधिकारी)
PhD Student, MCRP | Research Assistant
Binay Adhikari is a PhD student at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to North America where he earned a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington and is now pursuing a PhD degree in Planning, Binay was a practicing architect in Nepal. While working towards his master’s degree, Binay also completed a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Binay’s research interests lie at the intersection of built environment and active travel behavior, and the resulting health consequences. While he acknowledges the significance of value-based approaches in research, Binay is more interested in using evidence-based approaches to explore causal association between built environment and health outcomes within the context of active travel behavior.
Lili Friedler Shulman
PhD Student, MScURP | Research Assistant
Lili Friedler Shulman holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Business and Management and Geography from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. In her master’s thesis, she explored the Israeli public’s preparedness for earthquakes — investigating risk perception and how it affects the decision-making process with respect to planning. Lili’s research interests are in the relationship between the built environment and people. Lili will focus on the relationship between housing preferences and actual supply. She is also interested in small housing in Canada and Israel. In her research she intends to examine correlations between different housing characteristics and built environment aspects and physical activity patterns, use of public space, environmental awareness.
PhD Student, MA | Research Assistant
Rebecca Mayers is a PhD student at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Business from the University of Waterloo. Her master’s thesis titled “Whose Lane is it Anyway? The Experience of Cycling in a Mid-sized City” exposed how seemingly “bicycle-friendly” infrastructure disadvantaged urban cyclists and further privileged car culture. Ultimately, Rebecca’s goal is to help make cities a more vibrant place to live, work and play. Rebecca’s current research interests include the deconstruction of the built environment and its relation to health, environmental sustainability, economic and cultural outcomes. Within her doctoral studies, she aims to propose and politicize changes to cycling infrastructure and policy that would create truly cycle-friendly cities, thereby enabling more Canadians to participate in cycling as a mode of transportation and recreation.
MCRP Student | Research Assistant
Stuart Hamre is a Master’s student at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to SCARP, he attended the University of Toronto, obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design, with a minor in Human Geography. Throughout and following his undergraduate degree, Stuart worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories in a variety of roles related to facility planning, capital planning, and policy research. Stuart’s research interests are in the relationship between urban design, transportation planning, and development; with particular attention paid to Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Stuart uses his design and policy experience to perform data visualization and research at the Health & Community Design Lab.