The Center helps communities identify and address housing needs and highlights emerging housing issues in the state of Georgia. We accomplish this by facilitating change through a collaboration with communities, faculty members and students within the University of Georgia, and a Board of Advisors comprised of statewide representatives from all aspects of the housing industry.
My research focuses on two distinct areas 1) the housing needs of low-income households and 2) the relationship between community development and social capital in rural and small towns. Through the use of a qualitative, biographical method, I study the connection between housing pathways and life circumstances of low-income households.
I am a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. My broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health. More specifically, my research focuses on the role of maps and spatial analysis in shaping our understanding of hunger, housing, poverty, and neighborhood development. I'm also interested in the role of participatory research methods in mobilizing community action around these issues. Within the HDRC, I assist in developing and analyzing housing assessment data.
My research interests include housing and community development, residential inequality, and housing policy. I am an Assistant Professor of Housing and Community Development and the director of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, which is the primary outreach of HDRC.