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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Emerging Scholar

Arthur Acolin

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Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate, University of Washington

Areas of Interest

    About

    Arthur Acolin is an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the University of Washington with a broad interest in housing economics and a focus on international housing policy and finance. He completed his PhD in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California in 2017. Recent research projects include a study of the presence of discrimination against different immigrant groups in the rental market in France with Raphael Bostic and Gary Painter, an examination of the effect of non-traditional mortgages on homeownership in the US with Xudong An, Raphael Bostic and Susan Wachter and the development of housing affordability indicators incorporating location for the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, Brazil with Richard Green. Prior to doing his Ph.D., Acolin was a Research Associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research working on housing, urbanization and economic development issues. He obtained a master in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Selected Publications

    Acolin, Arthur, and Domenic Vitiello. "Who owns Chinatown: Neighbourhood preservation and change in Boston and Philadelphia." Urban Studies (2017): 0042098017699366.

    Acolin, Arthur, Xudong An, Raphael W. Bostic, and Susan M. Wachter. "Homeownership and Nontraditional and Subprime Mortgages." Housing Policy Debate 27.3 (2017): 393-418.

    Acolin, Arthur, Raphael Bostic, and Gary Painter. "A field study of rental market discrimination across origins in France." Journal of Urban Economics 95 (2016): 49-63.

    Acolin, Arthur, Jesse Bricker, Paul Calem, and Susan Wachter. "Borrowing constraints and homeownership." The American Economic Review 106.5 (2016): 625-629.

    Acolin, Arthur, and Richard K. Green. "Measuring housing affordability in São Paulo metropolitan region: Incorporating location." Cities 62 (2017): 41-49.

    Fellow

    Stuart Andreason

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    Senior Community and Economic Development Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Stuart Andreason is senior community and economic development adviser, specializing in human capital and workforce development, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major fields of study are workforce and human capital development policy and economic development policy, with a specialization in labor market and socioeconomic conditions in metropolitan areas. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Andreason was a research associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania (PennIUR). There, he helped develop a set of indicators of livable and sustainable communities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded by the Ford Foundation. He was a predoctoral fellow of the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences at Penn and a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss dissertation fellow. Previously, he led two nonprofit organizations focused on economic revitalization in small towns in central Virginia and worked as a research associate for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

       

      Selected Publications

      Andreason, Stuart and Laura Wolf-Powers. 2012. “Aligning Secondary and Post-Secondary Credentialization with Economic Development Strategy or ‘If Low Educational Attainment = Poor Metropolitan Competitiveness, What Can be Done About It.” In Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs in Metropolitan America, Laura W. Perna, ed. University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Lynch, Amy, Stuart Andreason, Theodore Eisenman, John Robinson, Kenneth Steif, and Eugenie L. Birch. Sustainable Urban Development Indicators for the United States. Penn Institute for Urban Research. September 2011

      Birch, Eugenie, Amy Lynch, Stuart Andreason, Theodore Eisenman, John Robinson, and Kenneth Steif. Measuring U.S. Sustainable Urban Development. Penn Institute for Urban Research. September 2011.

      Morse, Suzanne, Stuart Andreason, Tom Cross, and Joanne Tu. Southern Virginia: Building Competitive Advantage. Civic Change Incorporated. 2010.

      Andreason, Stuart. May 2014. Dissertation: “Will Talent Attraction and Retention Improve Metropolitan Labor Markets? The Labor Market Impact of Increased Educational Attainment in U.S. Metropolitan Regions 1990-2010.”  University of Pennsylvania.  

       

      Fellow

      Timothy J. Bartik

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      Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Dr. Bartik’s research focuses on state and local economic development and local labor markets. This includes research on how early childhood programs affect local economies, and on job-creation programs. Bartik’s 1991 book, Who Benefits from State and Local Economic Development Policies? is widely cited as an important and influential review of the evidence on how local policies affect economic development. Bartik is co-editor of Economic Development Quarterly, the only journal focused on local economic development in the United States.
        Faculty Fellow

        Jere Behrman

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        William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics

        About

        Jere R. Behrman is W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. A leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics with a focus on developing economies, Behrman has been Chair of Economics, Research Associate and Director of Penn’s Population Studies Center, Associate Director of the Lauder Institute, and Associate Director of Penn’s Population Aging Research Center, among other positions in the University. He has been an investigator on over 160 research projects, including 42 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 14 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and has published over 400 articles and 35 books. The unifying dimension of much of this research is to improve empirical knowledge of the determinants of and the impacts of human resources given unobserved factors such as innate health and ability, the functioning of various institutions such as households and imperfect markets, and information imperfections. 

        Selected Publications

        Behrman, Jere R., Susan W. Parker, Petra E. Todd, and Kenneth I. Wolpin. 2015. "Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools." Journal of Political Economy 123(2): 325-64.

        Richter, Linda M., Bernadette Daelmans, Joan Lombardi, Jody Heymann, Florencia Lopez Boo, Jere R. Behrman, Chunling Lu, Jane E. Lucas, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Tarun Dua, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karin Stenberg, Paul Gertler, and Gary L. Darmstadt. "Investing in the Foundation of Sustainable Development: Pathways to Scale up for Early Childhood Development. 2017. " The Lancet.

        Allen, Franklin, Jere R. Behrman, Nancy Birdsall, Shahrokh Fardoust, Dani Rodrik, Andrew Steer, and Arvind Subramanian. 2014. Towards a Better Global Economy: Policy Implications for Global Citizens in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

        Almedia, Rita, Jere Behrman, and David Robalino, editors. 2012. The Right Skills for the Job? Rethinking Effective Training Policies for Workers. Washington, DC: Social Protection, Human Development Network, World Bank. 

        Penn IUR Scholar

        Richard Bernknopf

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        Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Richard Bernknopf is Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico. Previously, Berknopf was an economist with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center; his work with USGS has spanned more than three decades. Bernknopf’s research focuses on the demonstration of the relevance to society of natural science information including earth observation and the translation of that information into a form compatible with decision-making processes. He is currently associated with the Science Impact Laboratory for Policy and Economics at the University of New Mexico and the Wharton Geospatial Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include Natural Science Information and Policy.

          Selected Publications

          Labiosa, William, Paul Hearn, David Strong, Richard Bernknopf, Dianna Hogan, Leonard Pearlstine. 2010. The South Florida Ecosystem Portfolio Model: A Web-Enabled Multicriteria Land Use Planning Decision Support System. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS): 1-10.

          Bernknopf, Richard L., Sharyl J. M. Rabinovici, Nathan J. Wood, Laura B. Dinitz. 2006. The Influence of Hazard Models on GIS-based Regional Risk Assessments and Mitigation Policies. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management. 6(4/5/6): 369-387.

          Bernknopf, R., T. Smith, A. Wein. 2006. The Effect of Spatially Correlated Failures on Natural Hazard Damage Assessments. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: abstract #GC43A-04.

          Emerging Scholar

          Peter Blair

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          Assistant Professor, John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University

          Areas of Interest

            About

            Peter Blair is Assistant Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with his PhD in Applied Economics in 2015. His intellectual curiosity for economics developed from his experience as a young entrepreneur. As an Economics major at the College of the Bahamas, hisknowledge of the field grew in a more formal way. He received his undergraduate and graduate training in Theoretical Particle Physics at Duke University and Harvard University, which equipped him with the technical modelling tools to pursue graduate studies in Economics.
            Fellow

            Monica Brezzi

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            Head of the Regional Analysis and Statistics Unit, OECD Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development

            Areas of Interest

              About

              Monica Brezzi is Head of the Regional Analysis and Statistics Unit in the OECD Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. Her current activities focus on the analysis of regional comparative advantages and the assessment of policies to reduce inequalities in the access to key services for citizens. She has recently contributed to design a web mapping tool to help decision makers and citizens develop a better knowledge of their society using statistical information. Before joining OECD, she worked for the Ministry of Economic Development in Italy where she contributed to design and launch a performance-based policy to measure the efficiency of local public services. 
              Fellow

              Paul C. Brophy

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              Principal, Brophy & Reilly, LLC

              Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

              Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress, Senior Scholar, George Warren School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

              Areas of Interest

                About

                Paul C. Brophy is a principal with Brophy & Reilly, LLC – a consulting firm specializing in economic development, housing and community development, and the management of complex urban redevelopment projects – and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Senior Advisor to the Center for Community Progress, and a Senior Scholar at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. One of Brophy’s specialties is the improvement of older industrial cities and the neighborhoods within those cities. He is also Senior Advisor to Enterprise Community Partners. Prior to his forming Brophy & Reilly, LLC in 1993, Brophy was President and Co-CEO of the Enterprise Foundation and Executive Director of ACTION-Housing Inc., a nonprofit housing development and neighborhood enhancement organization located in Pittsburgh. He was Director of the first Department of Housing for the City of Pittsburgh, and the Executive Director of the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, responsible for downtown and neighborhood improvement.

                Selected Publications

                Brophy, Paul C. 2013. A Market-Oriented Approach to Neighborhoods. In Revitalizing American Cities, Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

                Brophy, Paul C., and Alice Shabecoff. 2001. A Guide to Careers in Community Development. Washington, DC: Island Press.

                Nenno, Mary K., Paul Brophy, Michael Barker. 1982. Housing and Local Government. Washington, DC: International City Management Association.

                Ahlbrandt, Roger S. and Paul C. Brophy. 1975. Neighborhood Revitalization: Theory and Practice. Boston: Lexington Books.

                Emerging Scholar

                Mengke Chen

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                Doctoral Candidate in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

                About

                Mengke Chen recently received her PhD in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Her research interests include economic development, transportation investment (high-speed rail investment), and transportation and land use. Chen is particularly interested with regards to the impact of high speed rail development on urban economics in Chinese cities, as well as in Europe. The profound societal and economic impact of high-speed rail in contemporary society also constitutes a chief focus of her research. Chen received her Master’s in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. and G.I.S. from Peking University in Beijing, China.

                Selected Publications

                Chen, Mengke and Matthias N. Sweet. “Does regional travel time unreliability influence mode 

                choice?” Transportation. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2011.

                Emerging Scholar

                Ben Chrisinger

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                Pos-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Stanford University

                About

                Ben Chrisinger is a postdoctoral research fellow with Stanford University’s School of Medicine.  He is committed to research that helps explain relationships between the built environment and health, especially health disparities.  His dissertation research examined efforts to open new supermarkets in underserved areas ("food deserts") by considering development processes, store-level outcomes, and community and customer experiences. With his former advisor, Dr. Amy Hillier, Ben is helping analyze interactions between the food environment and healthy purchasing within the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and has also written about the role of SNAP in community development.

                Ben completed his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.  He is a former fellow with the Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Graduate Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation.  He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.  

                Selected Publications

                Chrisinger, B. (2015). Reconsidering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as Community Development. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47(3): 273-277. DOI:10.1016/j.jneb.2014.10.005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25467214.

                Chrisinger, B. Changing food stamp distribution to attract new grocers. The Baltimore Sun. 22 July 2015. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-food-desert-20150722-story.html

                Brinkley, C., Chrisinger, B., and A. Hillier (2013). Tradition of Healthy Food Access in Low-Income Neighborhoods: Price and Variety of Curbside Produce Vending Compared to Conventional Retailers. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 4(1):155-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.041.011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4274600/.

                Chrisinger, B. “Food Stamps and Place: New Cuts Could Dry Up Food Desert Improvements.” Planetizen. December 2013. http://www.planetizen.com/node/66580

                Chrisinger, B., & S. Golden (forthcoming). Urban Agriculture & Health: What Is Known, What Is Possible. In, Morales, A., and Dawson, J. (Eds.) Cities of Farmers: Problems, Possibilities, and Processes of Producing Food in Cities. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. (forthcoming).

                Chrisinger, B. “Planner on Wheels: Perspectives on Affordable Housing in America, by Bicycle.” American Planning Association's Planning Magazine. November 2012. https://www.planning.org/planning/2012/nov/planneronwheels.htm

                Fellow

                James Cloar

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                Downtown Advisory Services

                Areas of Interest

                  About

                  Jim Cloar is an expert on downtown development and non-profit management structures. His recent projects include consulting for Wichita, KS, Tulsa, OK and Burlington VT on their downtown management structures. He is on the Board of Commissioners of the Tampa Housing Authority, the Board of Directors of the National Civic League and the Henry B. Plant Museum.  Cloar previously served as the President and CEO of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and chaired the City’s Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority. He also headed downtown associations in Dallas, TX and Tampa, FL. Cloar served nineteen years on the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and is a former Chair of the organization. He has also been the President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a former Chair of ULI’s Public-Private Partnership Council. He is the recipient of several awards, including the St. Louis Mayor’s “Quality of Life” Award, and the Dan E. Sweat “Lifetime Achievement in Downtown Leadership” Award” from the IDA. 

                  Selected Publications

                  Cloar, James A. 1990. Centralized Retail Management: New Strategies for Downtown. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute. 

                  Fellow

                  Steve Cochrane

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                  Managing Director, Moody’s Analytics

                  Areas of Interest

                    About

                    Steven Cochrane is Managing Director of Moody’s Analytics. He oversees the U.S. regional forecasting service and directs the research and development activities of the research staff, including its Global Cities service. He also edits Regional Financial Review, a monthly publication that analyzes U.S. macro-, regional, industry, and international trends. Many of Cochrane’s consulting projects focus on state and local economic development. Early projects include a study of the industrial structure and comparative economic advantages for Sonoma County CA, followed by a ten-year update that modeled alternative outlook scenarios based on recommended improvements in labor force quality and green industry initiatives. Other projects have included studies of the changing industrial structure and economic competitiveness of Arizona, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, and the city and county of San Francisco. An analyst with Moody’s Analytics since 1993, Cochrane has been featured on Wall Street Radio, the PBS NewsHour, and CNBC.

                    Selected Publications

                    Cochrane, Steve and Sophia Koropeckyj, Aaron Smith, and Sean Ellis. 2013. Central Cities and Metropolitan Areas: Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing Employment as Drivers of Growth. In Revitalizing American Cities, eds. Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

                    Cochrane, Steve. 1997. Emerging Opportunities in Sonoma County: The Five Year Forecast. Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

                    Cochrane, Steve. 2005. Economic Outlook: U.S. and North Dakota. North Dakota Governor’s Office.

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