Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
Rachel Bratt Quoted in Atlantic's "Where Should Poor People Live?" Article
6/10/2015 12:00:00 AM
A recent article in The Atlantic about affordable housing asks the question "where should poor people live?" and the policies in place to assist those individuals.  Tufts UEP professor Rachel Bratt was quoted for the article explaining the effectiveness of proactive housing policies.  The article also used a Tufts UEP field projects report from 2006, On the Ground: 40B Developments Before and After, explaining that much of the concerns that people have about affordable housing do not occur after the development has been built.  Link to the Atlantic article is available here.
Two New Faculty Join UEP
5/11/2015 12:00:00 AM
This fall UEP will welcome two new faculty: Drs. Shomon Shamsuddin and Sumeeta Srinivasan. 

Shomon will be an assistant professor of social policy and community development. His research explores how institutions define social problems and develop policies to address urban inequality, focusing on socioeconomic effects of low-income housing programs and barriers to educational attainment for underserved communities. He has worked on housing issues at the neighborhood, city, and federal levels, including building affordable housing with community development corporations, managing programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and analyzing policy at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Currently, Shomon is a National Poverty Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Policy and Planning from M.I.T.

Sumeeta will be a lecturer of spatial analysis. Her research interests are at the intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access. Since 2006 she has been a Preceptor for Geospatial Methods at Harvard University where she has taught courses on spatial models and GIS. She is affiliated with the Center for Geographic Analysis and the China Project at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard where she also was a postdoctoral fellow. The methodological lens that she uses in her research is spatial analysis: the use of GIS, remote sensing, statistical and spatiotemporal models. She has studied cities in India, China and the US. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at M.I.T. 
Symposium, April 8, 2015: "Towards Racial Equality and Social Justice: Sharing the Work and Research of Dr. James Jennings"
3/3/2015 1:54:00 PM

On April 8, 2015, UEP will host a symposium, Towards Racial Equality and Social Justice: Sharing the Work and Research of Dr. James Jennings. This symposium will be a celebration of Dr. Jennings' work and research, featuring current and former colleagues as well as a panel discussion. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Jennings and continuing the conversation on race and social justice. 

The event will be Wednesday, April 8 from 4:45-7:30pm in Barnum Hall, room 008 (163 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155). Light refreshments will be served following the event. If you have any questions, please contact Cara at cara.foster_karim@tufts.edu or Kasia at kasia.hart@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!