Andrew Greenlee

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago 2012

Room M210 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 611 Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Andrew Greenlee's research lies at the intersection of housing policy, community development, and social equity in planning. His research examines the influence of housing policy on neighborhood change processes.

Greenlee's current research examines residential mobility processes at both the household and neighborhood level, and questions how residential mobility influences household economic and social mobility. This research pays particular attention to the mobility patterns of households receiving housing subsidies, and households facing forced displacement due to foreclosure, urban renewal, and natural disasters. 

Greenlee's work is informed by a desire to use planning tools and analysis strategies to better understand and articulate the equity implications of federal, state, and local policies. This work combines qualitative interview data with data visualization and spatial analysis techniques. Greenlee received a B.A. from Grinnell College, a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ongoing Research Projects

Residential Mobility and Neighborhood Change

This research focuses on the residential mobility and neighborhood choices, with a focus on evaluating how moving matters for the economic and social wellbeing of households. This research focuses in particular on low-income households participating in the Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program and in Public Housing, but also examines patterns of mobility for other low-income and vulnerable populations.

Household and Financial Instability

This research examines the interrelationship between household financial instability and housing instability. This work spans projects examining determinants of instability in the United States and in several international contexts. Work in the United States focuses on spatial analysis of access to financial institutions and consequences for housing stability. Work outside the United States focuses on the role of financial tools and technologies in securing financial and housing stability. Additional work outside the United States focuses on the governance of refugee settlements and associated household finanical outcomes.

Shrinking Cities and Regions

This research examines the role of governments in regulating space within shrinking cities and neighborhoods. How do cities create preconditions for development within weak-market spaces? What tradeoffs are local governments making to attract new growth, and who benefits? How can reuse of vacant and abandoned land catalyze other forms of change within neighborhood spaces?

Selected Publications

Greenlee, Andrew J. 2011. A different lens: administrative perspectives on portability in Illinois' Housing Choice Voucher Program. Housing Policy Debate.

Greenlee, Andrew, Janet Smith, Sharon Legenza, and Katherine E. Walz. 2011. Moving or Moving Up? Understanding Residential Mobility for Housing Choice Voucher Families in Illinois. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy. May/June 2011.

Greenlee, Andrew J. 2014. More than Meets the Market? Landlord Agency in the Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Program. Housing Policy Debate.

Wilson, Beverly, and Andrew J. Greenlee. 2015. The Geography of Opportunity: An Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis of U.S. Counties. GeoJournal.

Greenlee, Andrew J., Mary M. Edwards, and Jerry Anthony. 2015. Planning Skills: An Examination of Supply and Local Government Demand. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Greenlee, Andrew J and Bev Wilson. 2016. Where Does Location Affordability Drive Residential Mobility? An Analysis of Origin and Destination Communities. Housing Policy Debate.

Lopez, Esteban, and Andrew J. Greenlee. 2016. An Ex-Ante Analysis of Housing Location Choices Due to Housing Displacement: The Case of Bristol Place. Applied Geography.

Contractor, Annie, and Andrew J. Greenlee. 2017. Up-"Routing" Communities: Subaltern Voices Challenge Sustainable Urban Renewal in Fortaleza, Brazil. Housing, Theory and Society.

Andrade, Flavia C.D., Karen Z. Kramer, J. Kale Monk, Andrew J. Greenlee, Ruby Mendenhall. 2017. Financial Stress and Depressive Symptoms: The Impact of an Intervention of the Chicago Earned Income Tax Periodic Payment. Public Health.

Cutts, Bethany B., Andrew J. Greenlee, Natalie K. Prochaska, Carolina V. Chantrill, Annie B. Contractor, Juliana M. Wilhoit, Nancy J. Abts, and Kaitly Hornik. Is a Clean River Fun for All? Recognizing Social Vulnerability in Watershed Planning.PLoS ONE.

Jackson, April, Ivis Garcia Zambrana, Andrew J. Greenlee, Aujean Lee, and Benjamin Crisinger. 2018. All Talk, No Walk: Student Perceptions on Integration of Diversity and Practice in Planning Programs. Planning Theory and Practice.

Greenlee, Andrew J., Han Bum Lee, and Paul McNamara. Performance of Small Public Housing Authorities: Opportunities and Barriers. Cityscape.

Greenlee, Andrew J., April Jackson, Ivis Garcia Zambrana, C. Aujean Lee, and Benjamin Chrisinger. 2018. Where are we going? Where Have we been?: The Climate for Diversity within Urban Planning Educational Programs. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Kramer, Karen Z., Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade, Andrew J. Greenlee, Ruby Mendenhall, Dylan Bellisle, and Renee Lemons Blanks. 2019. Periodic Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Payment, Finanical Stress, and Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Greenlee, Andrew J. Assessing the Intersection of Neighborhood Change and Residential Mobility Pathways for the Chicago Metropolitan Area (2006-2015)Housing Policy Debate.

Cutts, Bethany B., Andrew J. Greenlee, Kaitlyn Hornik, and Caitie A. Nigrelli. 2019. Hyperlocal Sustainabilities: Theorizing Action Research for Sustainability in the Digital Age. Sustainability Science.

Teaching and Advising

Classes Taught

Fall 2019
  • UP101: Introduction to City Planning
  • UP473: Housing and Urban Policy
Spring 2020
  • UP301: Capstone Preparation
  • UP470: Shrinking Cities
Fall 2020 (Tentative)
  • UP101: Introduction to City Planning
  • UP473: Housing and Urban Policy
Other Courses Not Offered in AY 19-20
  • UP494: The Housing Crisis
  • UP508: Survey Design and Analysis

MUP Capstone Advising

  • Tessa Ferarro: East Bayfront Neighborhood Plan (Capstone)
  • Gabriel Guevara: Grow Gillespie: An Action Plan for Gillespie, Illinois (Capstone)
  • Lindsey Miller: Social Resilience to Natural Disasters in Atlanta, Georgia (Capstone)
  • Manabu Nagai: The Geography of New Market Tax Credits in Chicago (Capstone)
  • Sushma Pramod: Upzoning in Greenpoint-Williamsburg, New York (Thesis)
  • Patrick Ang: Narratives, Social Control, and Public Housing in Singapore (Capstone)
  • Alyssa Jaje: Critical Home Repair in West Urbana: The Process of Program Creation in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County (Capstone)
  • Susan Martinez: Complicating New York City's Housing Crisis: Forging Connections Between Displacement and Trauma in the South Bronx
  • Saumya Jain: Eastgate REdevelopment: Village of Park Forest (Capstone)
  • Miriam Keep: Local Responses to Slum Resettlement: The Case of Tamesna, Morocco (Capstone)
  • Joe Monahan: Hustle City: Minority Entrepreneurship in North St. Louis (Capstone)
  • Tala Kammourieh: Economic Impace Study of Affordable Housing Development in Dane County (Capstone)
  • Mitch Margolis: Obstacles to Socioeconomic Mobility for Germany's Turkish Population (Capstone)
  • Munguntuya Otgonjargal: Building a National Vision for the Right to Housing in Mongolia (Capstone)
  • Alex Pereira; Accounting for Mobility in Opportunity (Capstone)
  • Emma Tinsley: Exclusionary Zoning in Southeast Michigan (Capstone)
  • Carolina Chantrill: Grand Calumet: the linkages between environmental justice, vulnerability and environmental governance. (Thesis)
  • Annie Contractor: Greenwashing? The Global Rise of Sustainability of Forced Housing Displacement in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Thesis)
  • Edwin Muller: Creative Local Governance & Neighborhood Revitalization: Urban Informality Facilitation, Inventive Community Development Strategies in Berlin, Germany and South Florida. (Capstone)
  • Natalie Prochaska: Bristol Place Neighborhood Plan: Urban Renewal in Post-Kelo Fiscal Policy Space. (Thesis)
  • Juliana Wilhoit
  • Woolack Kim: How do Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects Trigger Revitalization in Shrinking Cities? A Case of St. Louis, MO (Thesis)


  • Chris Francis and Matthew Yoder: Goreville Village Vision
  • Jessica Kursman: Politics of "The Other" in the Global Neighborhood: The Role of Culture, Commodification, and Symbolic Space in Kreuzberg, Berlin. (Capstone)
  • Aujean Lee: Risky Business: The Foreclosure Crisis, Asian Americans, and Asian American - Serving Community-Based Organizations. (Thesis)
  • Ethan Tabakin: Stability is the Key to Self-Sufficiency: Creating a Lease-to-Own Program for Baltimore's Public Housing High Rises. (Capstone)
  • Tyler Zwagerman: Walking for Life: Addressing Health in Champaign's Pedestrian Plan. (Capstone)


  • Rachel Phillips: Neighborhood Sustainability: A Case Study of Redevelopment in Bristol Place. Poster (PDF) / Capstone (PDF)
  • Abigail Belford: Unity is a Weapon of the Poor: Nairobi Slum Dwellers Cooperatively Save for Housing Developments. Poster (PDF) / Capstone (PDF)


  • Heidy Valenzuela (Co-advised with Stacy Harwood): Evaluating The Chicago Housing Authory's "Plan for Transformation": A Case Study of the Redevelopment of the Julia C. Lathrop Homes. (Capstone)
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