Urban Planning and Policy
Building & Room:
260 CUPPA Hall, MC 348
412 S Peoria St., Suite 260
Broadly, I am interested in urban equity and how we can create more inclusive and restorative communities. My work addresses topics such as affordable housing, urban politics, care, and activism and seeks to understand gender, race, and other power relations in cities, governance, and knowledge production. Situated at the intersection of geography and urban planning, my research is informed by feminist and intersectional approaches. You can find a list of my publications here.
I teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, including the Freshman Seminar; Concepts in Geography; Social Justice and Cities; Globalization and Urban Affairs; Planning Great Cities; Political Economy of Cities; Community Development; Space Place and Institutions; Gender, Race and Justice in Cities; and Research Design. I am proud to have received two teaching awards: The UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award and the UIC Silver Circle Award.
I received a B.A. in Social Relations from Michigan State University, and a M.S and PhD in Human Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Research Currently in Progress
I am involved in several collaborations with scholars and community organizations aimed at conducting research that informs policies and practice. For example, I am currently working with a diverse group of scholars and practitioners across North America to examine gendered and intersectional inequalities in housing, and exploring what kinds of interventions might positively impact our most vulnerable populations. Other research projects focus on the intersectional and activist experiences of formerly incarcerated individuals and organizations; the experiences of women with disabilities working in governments; and the complex interactions between disability, race, gender, and economic well-being in the United States. Below is a sample list of my research publications.
Parker, B and Smith, J. (2021) Policy Spotlight: Women’s Housing Precarity During and Beyond Covid-19. University of Illinois: Institute for Government and Public Affairs Task Force on the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
See also my Google Scholar Profile