Research Center to Host Symposium on Housing, Segregation, and Poverty

By Tom McLaughlin

The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) at Rutgers University–Camden will host a symposium addressing housing policies, segregation, and poverty from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the 12th floor conference room of The Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago Building, formerly The Wilson Building, located near the Rutgers–Camden campus at 130 North Broadway in Camden.

Registration is required. To register, visit

For further information, contact Lisa Alston at or (856) 225-2936.

Three panels of esteemed speakers, including The New School’s Alex Schwartz and the University of Minnesota’s Ed Goetz, as well as researchers from Harvard University, Princeton University, New York University, and other institutions will discuss topics such as the geography of inequality and its effects, exclusionary and inclusionary zoning, the fair-housing movement, affordable housing, and the concentration of poverty.

“We are very excited to host this symposium, our biggest event yet, and pleased at the number of quality research papers the symposium’s call for papers has yielded,” says CURE Associate Director Natasha Fletcher.

Keynote speaker Mark Stephens, the professor of public policy at Herlot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Scotland, will provide a comparative perspective, outlining policies and trends in the provision of social housing in Western European countries and reflecting on the difference in urban form between these nations and the United States.

“These issues are being brought to the fore at a very significant time in our nation’s history,” says Paul Jargowsky, CURE director and professor of public policy, whose recent front-page op-ed in The New York Times, “The Architecture of Segregation,” showed that concentrated poverty in the United States has increased by 50 percent since 2000 and that more than 11 million Americans now reside in neighborhoods where at least two in every five households live below the poverty line.

“As we come up on a major election, we have to look further at the changing demographics and begin addressing these issues,” Jargowsky continues. “Everyone is aware that there is a major shortage of affordable housing in this country, but solutions have yet to materialize in any substantive policy changes.”

Founded in 2001, the Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers–Camden encourages, facilitates, and promotes research on urban issues by Rutgers–Camden faculty, students, and their collaborators around the nation. The research center’s monthly seminars provide CURE affiliates, students, faculty, and community members opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and initiatives from scholars, community activists, and others engaged in urban research and/or related scholarship.

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