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Urban Policy and Community Development

Over the past decades, globalization, immigration, technology, crime, and other social, economic, and political forces have radically altered urban life. Faculty in this area attempt to understand the real-world sources and consequences of urban poverty and problems that cities and urban dwellers face, from education and housing to policing and segregation.

A Message From Lincoln Quillian, Program Chair

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IPR’s urban policy and community development faculty examine the shifting landscape of urban life, considering myriad issues related to today’s urban experience. Additionally, many IPR faculty work on projects that are closely tied to urban policy in areas such as education, housing, welfare reform, community policing, and performance measurement and rewards.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Beth Redbird and Kat Albrecht. 2020. Racial Disparity in Arrests Increased as Crime Rates Declined (WP-20-28).

Beth Redbird and Kat Albrecht. 2020. Measuring Racial Disparity in Local and County Police Arrests (WP-20-27).

Kyle Rozema and Max Schanzenbach. 2018. Good Cop, Bad Cop: Using Civilian Allegations to Predict Police Misconduct (WP-18-21).

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Faculty Experts

Political scientists, sociologists, education and social policy experts, and other social scientists come together to study topics associated with the urban landscape and its communities.

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IPR Researchers Review Evanston’s Use of Force Policy

In September, the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network Initiative (N3), housed within IPR, delivered a report to the City of Evanston analyzing its use of force policy and data for its police department.


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Policy Brief: Predicting Police Misconduct

Police shootings have captured the public’s attention in recent years, leading to protests and a lack of trust in the police. In Predicting Police Misconduct, IPR associate Max Schanzenbach identifies how civilian allegations can help reduce the gravest incidents by predicting which police officers pose the highest risk for serious misconduct.

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