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Experience Makes a Difference

Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.



CRUNCH is a cluster of research equipment and facilities and a network of affiliated researchers.



The various Projects CRUNCH is associated with.

Documents & Publications

Documents & Publications

CRUNCH is interested in outcomes related to neighbourhood-level action to improve communities.

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  • 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

Seniors' Housing Futures Research Project

Participants, partners and community members are invited to view a video research presentation of the results of Seniors' Housing Futures research study, a multi-year project with the goal of understanding the housing experiences of older adults with lower incomes living in Hamilton.
Jun 10, 2021

Call for CRESS Graduate Fellows applications for 2017-18

PhD students registered in programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences who have reached candidacy status are invited to join the first class of CRESS Graduate Fellows.
Oct 03, 2017

Building Healthy Communities

Jim Dunn, Chair of McMaster’s Department of Health, Aging & Society and Nick Kates, Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, co-led the Building Healthy Communities events which drew more than 800 faculty, staff, students and community members for a range of events. Building Healthy Communities was part of the Big Ideas, Better Cities, series of public events at McMaster.
Oct 31, 2016