Areas of expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing,
affordable housing, gentrification, community development,
nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban
Robert Silverman, PhD, studies community development and
inequity in urban communities. He is co-leading a two-year study to
make recommendations about where the government should place
affordable housing in 10 of the fastest-shrinking U.S. cities,
including Buffalo, Detroit and New Orleans.
Silverman's work challenges the notion that quality, affordable
housing is readily available in struggling cities. He advocates
locating low-income families in transit-accessible neighborhoods
where schools, jobs, health care and cultural resources are all
within reach, making it easier for those families to succeed.
Silverman's affordable housing research is funded by the the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and his
past findings have appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs and
been presented at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.
Robert Silverman, PhD
Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
School of Architecture and Planning