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The Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) is a cluster of research equipment and facilities and a network of affiliated researchers.

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Along with various partners and collaborators, CRUNCH is interested in outcomes related to neighbourhood-level action to improve vulnerable groups in communities, training of practitioners in neighbourhood intervention research, and improving knowledge translation for decision-makers and the community.

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The various Projects CRUNCH is associated with.


  • collaborates with partners in government, industry, the charitable and nonprofit sectors, and with community groups
  • engages with the end users of our research at all stages of a project, from study design to sharing final results
  • examines the complex interactions between housing, neighbourhoods and health

Research Focii:

  • population health
  • neighbourhood-level indicators of health
  • healthy child development
  • social determinants of health
  • urban development strategy
  • place-based policy

Learn more about CRUNCH

Fewer prisoners on parole isn’t making us safer: Opinion

Honours Social Psychology Alumnus Nathaniel Schutten, shares his opinion on the Canadian Parole System.

Apr 18, 2017

McMaster launches new institute focused on Indigenous research

In a new era of reconciliation and an openness from the Canadian government to right the wrongs that have devastated generations, McMaster has established one of the country’s only institutes dedicated to Indigenous ways of knowing and research.

Apr 18, 2017