Dr. Elizabeth Mueller will be speaking about research done with Dr. Jake Wegmann and Heather K. Way and their report presented to City Council.
While there is disagreement about what we mean by “gentrification” and whether it is good or bad, most people would agree that displacement is a problem. In our report to City Council on these issues, we assess which neighborhoods and residents are most vulnerable to displacement, where displacement is most advanced across Austin, and how the City Council should assess potential solutions matched to local conditions.
Elizabeth Mueller is an Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning and has a faculty appointment in the School of Social Work. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mueller is primarily interested in questions of social equity in cities and regions. She teaches courses on affordable housing policy, community development, urban politics, and qualitative research methods. Prior to coming to U.T., Dr. Mueller was Assistant Professor of Urban Policy at the Milano Graduate School at New School University where she was also a Senior Research Associate in the Community Development Research Center.
Her research focuses on social and political inclusion in cities, and how city planning and development policies shape the quality of life and opportunities available to historically vulnerable residents and communities. Her current work focuses on these topics through investigation of tensions between the goals and policies of local planning agencies and local housing agencies, as seen in current thinking about strategies for building sustainable cities. She pursues her research on several, complementary levels: funded academic research; class projects in partnership with community partners; and, research with or for community organizations or local government.