One Hour @ UBC Lecture Series

One Hour at UBC

We launched the One Hour @ UBC online lecture series almost one year ago, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our newest series, presented by UBC professors and instructors, helps you make sense of events that have unfolded since then, and what we can expect post-pandemic.

Each One Hour @ UBC lecture includes a presentation, and time to ask your instructor questions. Lectures are delivered live via Zoom, a secure and free, easy-to-use web application.

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The Costs of Commuting, Cities and COVID-19

In real estate, housing prices have long been tied to location, location, location. In recent years, premiums paid to live close to city centres have risen in cities throughout the world. COVID-19 has spurred a work from home revolution and has disrupted this paradigm. This lecture explores whether this revolution will endure, and the long-term effects on the desirability of living downtown as well as urban and suburban housing prices.

Tom Davidoff, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate at the Sauder School of Business. His research interests include housing, aging, insurance and real estate.


The Psychology of Pandemics and Life in a Post-pandemic World

Pandemics are largely psychological phenomena. As we’ve witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread or containment of a virus is influenced by people’s beliefs and behaviours. Our emotions and beliefs also influence how we imagine a post-pandemic world.

Drawing on historical archives, as well as current research at UBC and other institutions, this lecture outlines the likely scenarios of life in a post-COVID-19 world. Spoiler alert: You probably won't be wearing a mask.

Steven Taylor, PhD, is a professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and more than 20 books. He released his most recent book, The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020), just a few weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Canadian Federal Government’s expert advisory panel on COVID-19.


Vaccine Hesitancy, Conspiracy Theories and Political Extremism

Why do people join groups like the Flat Earth Society, QAnon, Incels and Proud Boys? Why do we see the world the way we do? Find out why in this lecture, which examines how a narrow set of human psychological traits, motivations and processes shape how we make sense of the world around us. Discuss the role of fear in conspiracy thinking and extremist attitudes.

David King, PhD, is an instructor in the UBC Department of Psychology where he has led courses in personality psychology, health psychology and the psychology of sex and gender since 2012. In addition to multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals, he is also the co-author of two undergraduate textbooks.