About Andrew Greenlee
Andrew Greenlee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His work focuses on the intersection of housing policy, community development, and social equity in planning. As an expert in low-income housing policy and federal low-income housing support programs, Dr. Greenlee’s research has explored how the governance of such programs at the local and regional level impact outcomes for low-income households. His work also explores household-level and collective dynamics of residential mobility and neighborhood change, with a particular focus on forced displacement due to such diverse factors as urban renewal, eviction, and climate change.
Andrew received a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy (2012) from University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Iowa (2006), and a Bachelors degree in English and Sociology from Grinnell College (2004).
- Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
- MS, University of Iowa, 2006
- BA, Grinnell College, 2004
Research and publications
Ongoing and upcoming research
My current research falls broadly into two areas – residential mobility and neighborhood change, the local and regional governance of poverty and inequality. My goal across all of this work is to use planning tools and knowledge to better articulate the equity implications of policy and governance. To do this, I work at a range of geographic scales, and work with both qualitative interview data and quantitative spatial data visualization and analysis techniques. My vision is to tell compelling stores that connect individual experiences to broader patterns of change observed across space and over time.
Residential Mobility and Neighborhood Change
This research focuses on understanding the determinants of residential mobility and neighborhood choices, with the goal of evaluating how moving (or staying) matters for the economic and social wellbeing of households. This work also connects these household-level decisions back to what gets described over time as neighborhood change. This research focuses in particular on low-income households participating in the Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program and in Public Housing. This work also connects individual mobility behavior to push and pull factors including climate change, natural disasters, eviction, and other factors related to household instability.
Local and Regional Governance of Poverty and Household Instability
This research examines the interrelationship between housing instability and poverty. This work spans several projects examining the determinants of instability in the United States, as well as work in several international contexts. Work in the United States focuses on the policy and governance implications of a range of interventions including the impact of fair housing enforcement on school integration, and the role of new markets tax credit developments in spurring neighborhood change. Work outside the United States focuses on the implications of the uneven geography of humanitarian assistance on Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and on the influence of digital financial inclusion tools on financial inclusion in Africa and Asia.
Greenlee, Andrew J., Karen Kramer, Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade, Dylan Bellisle, Renee Lemons-Blanks, and Ruby Mendenhall. “Can the Earned Income Tax Credit Reduce Household Financial Instability? An Evaluation of Payment Frequency.” Accepted to Urban Affairs Review.
Lee, C. Aujean, April Jackson, Ivis Garcia-Zambrana, Benjamin Chrisinger, and Andrew J. Greenlee. 2020. “Commentary – Beyond Recruitment: Comparing Experiences of Climate and Diversity Between International Students and Domestic Students of Color in U.S. Urban Planning Programs. “ Accepted for Publication in Journal of Planning Education and Research.
Lee, C. Aujean, and Andrew J. Greenlee. “Impacts of Multi-Scale Racial Concentration on Neighborhood Foreclosure Risk in Immigrant Gateway Metropolitan Areas.” Accepted for Publication in City & Community.
Greenlee, Andrew J. 2020. “Redefining Rental Housing Choice in the Housing Choice Voucher Program,” The Routledge Handbook of Housing Policy and Planning. Katrin Anacker, Mai Thi Nguyen, and David Varady, editors.
Andrade, Flavia Cristina Drumond, Karen Kramer, Andrew J. Greenlee, Adam N. Williams, and Ruby Mendenhall. 2019. “Impact of the Chicago Earned Income Tax Periodic Payment Intervention on Food Security.” Preventative Medicine Reports (Preprint Available Online).
Teaching and advising
- UP 101: Introduction to City Planning
- UP 301: Capstone Preparation – Social Justice
- UP 470: Shrinking Cities
- UP 473: Housing and Urban Policy
- UP 494-AG: Neighborhood Analysis
- Sowmya Balachandran (ABD)
- Natalie Prochaska (ABD)
Master of Urban Planning
- Anna An (Capstone)
- Will Andresen (Capstone)
- Hunter Fillers (Capstone)
- Caitlin Kelly (Capstone)
- Munira Mithaiwala (Capstone)
- Alexis Stewart (Capstone)
- 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 (PDF))
- Natalie Prochaska: Bristol Place Neighborhood Plan: Urban Renewal in Post-Kelo Fiscal Policy Space. (Thesis (PDF))
- 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 (PDF))
- Ethan Tabakin: Stability is the Key to Self-Sufficiency: Creating a Lease-to-Own Program for Baltimore's Public Housing High Rises. (Capstone (PDF))
- Tyler Zwagerman: Walking for Life: Addressing Health in Champaign's Pedestrian Plan. (Capstone (PDF))
- 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 (PDF))