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Livable Soundscapes

The SSHRC-funded Livable Soundscapes project proposed that listening to the city can be an intervention into both the narratives of liveability and the processes by which community is formed in terms of sensory design. Under the supervision of PI Dr. Milena Droumeva, Copeland assisted with developing soundwalks, workshops, the livable cities symposium, and various research outputs focused on the notion of soundscapes for livability.  This project investigates the notion of soundscapes for livability across three stages of inquiry: 1) discourse analysis of materials on livability and sound produced by different stakeholders, including property developers, city planning, and local media/news; 2) field recording, soundmapping, and analysis of several areas of urban renewal in Vancouver, BC towards the development of an accessible mobile toolkit for participatory soundscape monitoring; and 3) a community engagement initiative in conjunction with local partners involving open data gathering, sound recording, archiving and analysis, geared towards a collective toolkit for livable soundscapes. 

Learn more about the Livable Soundscapes project and the SFU Sonic Studio at


Droumeva, M., Copeland, S., Ashleigh, B. & L. Knight (2020). Livable Soundscapes: A Toolkit for Communities. Sonic Research Studio. Accessed at:

Droumeva, M., Copeland, S., & Ashleigh, B. (2022). What Does the Livable City Sound Like? Analyzing Public Communication in Vancouver, Canada. Canadian Journal of Communication47(1), 21 pp-21 pp.


All images and video via, Central Ontario Broadcasting Corporation. Audio engineering and production done as freelance contract by Stacey Copeland. I do not own this work. (2017)