Methodologies for Housing Justice: A Summer Institute
for Movement-Based & University-Based Scholars
Professors: Ananya Roy and Raquel Rolnik with guest speakers
Summer Institute Description:
The Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice brings together movement-based and university-based scholars to address key needs and gaps in housing and planning research. A part of the Housing Justice in #UnequalCities Network, which is housed at the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and supported by the National Science Foundation, this class advances research methodologies that tackle pressing housing issues and build power for advocacy and community organizations.
The course will be led by Ananya Roy, Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy and Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography at UCLA, and Raquel Rolnik, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, and former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. They will be joined by movement-based and university-based scholars who will lead different modules of the class, including Benjamin Dulchin, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, New York; Melissa García Lamarca, People’s Debt Diaries and Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability; Terra Graziani, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Shayla Myers, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; Yusef Omowale, Southern California Library; Amy Ritterbusch, UCLA; Andrea Roberts, Texas A&M University.
Summer Institute Goals:
1. Examine the structural mechanisms of dispossession and displacement in unequal cities, such as financialization, and cover the methodologies needed to pinpoint, analyze, and expose these mechanisms.
2. Study and implement the use of data and research to support forms of resistance, to contribute to public pedagogy, and to generate alternative housing and planning policies and programs.
3. Think through the politics and ethics of data including who collects and controls data and how data is used and for what purposes.
4. Adopt a comparative and transnational approach to housing research by thinking from Los Angeles and learning from struggles in other parts of the world.
Participants should come prepared with key questions they would like to explore in the conversation around housing justice. Working in small groups, participants will put together a Methodologies for Housing Justice Resource Guide. This open-access volume will be a critical resource for defining housing justice as a field of inquiry.
Applications for this year’s Summer Institute are now closed.