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Urban Research Analyst

about the canadian urban institute:

We build wisdom to inspire leadership for healthy urban development. Founded in 1990 as Canada’s applied urban policy institute, CUI builds connections, conversations and understanding to support decisions that sustain healthy, resilient communities. We do this through:

  • Applied Research: Collect data and ideas about global practices and thought leadership, analyze their application to the local conditions and communicate the opportunities arising for learning and inspiration.
  • Capacity Building: Transfer thought leadership and lessons learned to increase capacity for public and private sector partners.
  • Stakeholder Connection: Help organizations improve outcomes by creating effective processes incorporating stakeholders into the decision-making process.
  •  Data Visualization: Aggregate and organize data from disparate sources to support decision-making. Examples have involved energy, water, culture, and transportation.

CUI is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. CUI encourages applications from all qualified individuals and will accommodate applicants' disability-related needs, up to the point of undue hardship, throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact the recruitment team by email.

about you:

You have a keen interest in urban issues and strong experience with research, analysis, communicating ideas and team-based work.  You enjoy working on multiple projects at the same time, building relationships with stakeholders and doing what it takes to achieve project outcomes. 

You have experience in some of the following areas we work in: economic and cultural development, infrastructure optimization (energy, water, transportation), housing affordability, sustainable and resilient communities.

position responsibilities:

1.      Research, Analysis and Reporting:

  • Benchmarks: analyze and report on technologies, policies and strategies that are best practice examples, to inform our work.
  • Stakeholder Input: Interview sources from public and private sector organizations and effectively analyze and integrate information obtained into reports.
  • Statistical analysis: employ statistical methodologies to analyze demographic, geographic & economic data collected in research.
  •  Planning analysis: source and analyze official plan, employment and population projections as well as materials produced by developers and consultants.
  • Prepare concise, well-structured easily understood presentations of results.

2.      Project Coordination:

  • Oversee the logistical planning of meetings and events as required for projects (book venue, catering, AV, travel, etc.).
  • Coordinate tasks with various team members to meet project requirements (scope, budget, schedule, quality).
  • Keep up to date project records to support project manager (agreements, budgets, etc.).
  • Prepare invoices and track project budgets.

3.      Funding Submissions:

  • Research funding opportunities and programs.
  • Assist with preparing applications and proposals.


  • A relevant degree (such as planning, engineering, environmental management, economic development etc.).
  • Practical experience related to infrastructure planning and/or design, economic development, urban planning or public engagement.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite. Experience with databases, desktop publishing, GIS and mapping and/or website development software would be considered assets.
  • Proven research skills, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  •  Fluency in French considered an asset.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Eligible to work in Canada.

requirements for all employees:

  • Commitment to CUI’s mandate.
  • Ability to work flexible hours from time to time and occasional travel.
  • Ability to successfully manage your contribution across multiple projects.

how to apply:

Please submit a CV and cover letter attention Robyn Visheau, Canadian Urban Institute
Email: rvisheau@canurb.org