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Development of an empirical agent-based model of residential housing—from key informant interviews to two-stage regression modelling

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Virtual Forum 

Join us for and Energy & Environment Forum with University of Waterloo Professor Dr. Dawn Parker. She will review her ten years of work with the Urban Growth and Change research group. The group examines the land-use and housing market impacts of a pending light rail transit line in Waterloo Region, Canada. 

Over the last 15 years, agent-based simulation models have been used to explore pressing issues in housing markets related to the determinants and dynamics of urban sprawl, gentrification, disaster risk, and housing bubbles.  While their methodology is rapidly evolving, fundamental challenges remain regarding the development of fully empirical models, especially in highly data-constrained environments.  Further, modelers may have access to both qualitative and quantitative data, opening up myriad and diverse options for calibration and validation data; however, best practices to combine data are not yet developed.  Dr. Parker will review ten years of work within her Urban Growth and Change research group that examines the land-use and housing market impacts of a pending light rail transit line in Waterloo Region, Canada. Using a variety of data sources, she will paint a picture of the housing market dynamics within the region, which were driven by out-migration from the Toronto area, changing employment dynamics in region, and by anticipation of land-use change related to a pending light rail transit line. 

This virtual event will take place on Thursday, April 15 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The Zoom meeting link can be found here

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