McMaster University

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Chris Higgins
School of Geography & Earth Sciences

Postdoctoral/Research Fellows

Office: Burke Science Building, Rm 333
Tel: (905) 525-9140 ext. 20131
Fax: (905) 546-0463
Email:
higgicd@mcmaster.ca

Supervisor: Pavlos Kanaroglou

Curriculum Vitae

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Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins

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Research

For up-to-date information on my research please refer to my Curriculum Vitae

Thesis Summary:

“The Development of a Value Planning Framework for Predicting and Recapturing the Value of Rapid Transit Infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Beyond

For my dissertation, I am developing an innovative method for predicting the value uplift and value capture potential associated with new investments in rapid transit infrastructure.  Many policy and planning actors, including the City of Toronto, Metrolinx, and Province of Ontario, are looking to value capture as a method for financing rapid transit.  New transit infrastructure can generate significant increases in property values for nearby parcels of land and can have a transformative impact on adjacent land use patterns, and value capture tools such as tax-increment financing, development charges, and PPPs for joint real estate development are designed to recapture some of this value and offset the public costs associated with the project.  However, there is at present no method for predicting the value increases associated with future projects, and merely using the coefficients of value increases from statistical models derived from existing projects in other cities as a proxy for expected uplift is problematic as the results of such models are heavily dependent on the local context of individual cities, transit corridors, and station areas.

In response, I have created a Value Planning Framework that utilizes data on land use, demographics, accessibility, crime, and other available information to delineate a typology of transit station areas based on existing conditions and then calculates the value increases associated with current transit infrastructure.  The resulting value uplift typologies are then used to forecast expected value uplift scenarios associated with new and future projects based on the characteristics of the proposed station area locations.  Such a method can be extended to other cities and regions, allowing planners and policymakers to make more reliable and evidence-driven predictions of the value impacts associated with transit infrastructure.


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Teaching

McMaster University GEOG 2LE3, Economic Geography, 2014-15 T.A.
McMaster University GEOG 2LE3, Economic Geography, 2013-14 T.A.
McMaster University GEOG 3EC3 Environmental Catastrophes, 2013-14 T.A.
McMaster University GEOG 3LT3, Transportation Geography, 2013-14 T.A.
McMaster University EARTH SC/ENVIR SC/GEOG 2MB3, Statistical Analysis, 2012-13 T.A.
McMaster University GEOG 2LI3, Introduction to Transport & Economic Activity, 2012-13 T.A.
McMaster University GEOG 3LT3, Transportation Geography, 2011-13 T.A.
McMaster University EARTH/ENVIR SC/GEOG 2MB3, Statistical Analysis, 2011-12 T.A.
McMaster University GEOG 3LT3, Transportation Geography, 2011-12 T.A.


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Recent Publications (Peer reviewed)

Refereed Journal Articles

For up-to-date information on my publications please refer to my Curriculum Vitae

 

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