Diversity, Encounter, and Inclusion

Over the last decade, Vancouver has been rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world (The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019). 140 cities worldwide are assessed by the challenges that individuals have to overcome, based on five broad categories; stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. As a group of 21 students, it was our mission to evaluate the liveability of Vancouver based on diversity, encounter and inclusion.

For a period of 8 days, we would explore the city in order to obtain a critical perspective of the liveability of Vancouver. Researchers from the Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, activist Scott Clark and urban planner Gordon Price took us on a journey through Vancouver in order to show various spatial and social economic challenges and solutions. An perfect example can be found in Davies Street, where Vancouver introduced Canada’s first rainbow crossing to support the LGBTQ+ community and to celebrate the inclusivity of the city.

In smaller groups, we also conducted field research of several neighbourhoods and different places of encounter, such as community centres, community gardens, cafés, sidewalks and squares. By interviewing locals, we were able to develop a comprehensive picture that describes the level of diversity, encounter and inclusion. In order to show what we discovered in Vancouver, we will guide you through our experiences on this website.

On our website, you can find the insights of how people experience their city, the mood in the different neighbourhoods, how the places of encounter function to increase inclusivity, and ultimately, a quiz to see whether YOU would be someone who sees themselves living here! In order to get your first impression of Vancouver, please look at the video below.


We’ve visited many different neighbourhoods of Vancouver and investigated them with respect to their mood, diversity and other characteristics. Come and have a look at what we’ve found here!

Want to know more?

Here’s what we liked most in Vancouver:

Take a quiz to find out which neighbourhood of Vancouver you should live in:

Curious to meet some people that we interviewed? Click the button to be transported to the places of encounter in Vancouver and find out what we learned: