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Sarah Cooper


Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on housing and social policy, with an emphasis on ensuring access to housing for all. Her current research examines housing for low-income households in Canada, with a focus on the expiry of social housing funding agreements—an issue that will transform the landscape of housing and housing policy in Canada over the next few decades. She approaches her research from a social justice perspective, and draws on neoliberal urbanism, settler colonial theory and critical housing theory to inform her work.Prior to completing her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Sarah worked as a Research Associate and Planner at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources in Winnipeg, and as a researcher at the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She has worked on a wide variety of research and planning projects, including neighbourhood housing plans, watershed and community plans, and housing and social policy analysis. Sarah is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP).


Langille, Kimberly, Shauna MacKinnon, Sarah Cooper, Shayne St. Denis, and Sahla Mitchell. 2023. “Social Housing as a Human Right: A Housing Rights Primer.” Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Research Alliance.

Cooper, Sarah. 2022. “Becoming Landlords: The Changing Interests of Non-Profit and Co-Operative Housing Providers in Manitoba, Canada.” Housing Studies, 1–18.,

Cooper, Sarah, and S. Zell. 2022. “Staying on Board: Non-Profit Housing Provider Board Capacity in a Changing Context.” Winnipeg, MB: Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg. https://winnspace.uwinnipeg.ca/handle/10680/2037.

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