Our Team

Jan van Deursen

Jan van Deursen

Principal, Housing Policy and Research

As SHS' Consultant, Housing Policy and Research, Jan undertakes housing market, urban planning, and community development research projects that involve need and demand assessments, literature reviews, surveys, interviews and data analysis.

After coming to Canada in 2014 he has worked full time in Toronto’s vibrant start-up sector and part-time as an independent housing policy researcher for organizations such as Focus Consultancy Inc. and The Tower Renewal Project.

In his spare time Jan likes to bike, hike, play the piano and when it's cold read a good book.

Current work

Jan is working on the Richmond Hill Affordable Housing Strategy which includes an impact assessment for implementing Inclusionary Zoning in the city. He is also working on a CMHC Demonstrations Initiative focused on housing for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Master of Science, Urban Geography (University of Amsterdam)

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Urban Geography, Politics and Modern History (University College Utrecht)


Jan will be speaking alongside our My Home My Community colleagues at the 2020 CHRA Congress on Housing and Homelessness in Saskatoon.