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Brenda Parker, PhD, Associate Professor

Brenda Parker joined the Urban Planning and Policy Program in January 2008. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Human Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Bachelors in Public Affairs from Michigan State University. She has worked in various non-profit organizations and government agencies, and as an independent research consultant and program evaluator. 

Brenda’s current research areas include urban policy, urban governance, community and economic development, and qualitative methods. She is particularly interested in urban inequalities. 

Brenda is currently conducting a research project on provisioning in the Chicago area. Through this project, she is trying to understand the different strategies and contexts through which households get by in the current economic climate. She is interested in not only the specific practices and labor of households (e.g. selling goods on eBay, growing food, exchanging childcare), but also the surrounding social, economic, and political relations.

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Research Interests

Urban policy, urban governance, community and economic development, secondary markets, household provisioning, urban inequalities, qualitative methods

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UPA 301 Political Economy of Cities
UPA 308 Globalization and Urban Affairs
UPP 493 Gender and the City
UPP 501 Space Place and Institutions
UPP 588 Research Methods and Evaluation

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Room 242 (MC 348)

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