Charles Pan is the Land Use Solutions Analyst for Renewable Cities at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
Charles supports quantitative and qualitative analytical activities for the Smart Growth, Smart City program to advance sustainable land use as a cornerstone to renewable, resilient and restorative cities.
Charles brings his experience in socio-economic research, data management, and transportation planning. Former projects include helping expand a bike share program and maintain a central geodatabase for UBC Campus and Community Planning, preparing a menu of climate change adaptation options for West Coast Environmental Law and Kerr Wood Leidal, and investigating high housing prices in Sydney, Australia.
Before coming to Renewable Cities, Charles completed the Master of Community and Regional Planning program at UBC, where he focused on urban development. Before that, he earned a BA in Human Geography from the same institution, with a focus on economic and urban geography. His greatest passion is learning about, devising, and testing out policies that might foster prosperous, fair, and peaceful societies.
Charles’ favourite urban journey is meandering through the streets of Downtown Vancouver on foot on a sunny day with a dessert in hand.
“[T]he sanctity of property… had to be overcome, because the sanctity of the society seeking to preserve itself was greater.” – Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, 1959-1990