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Margery Austin Turner

Margery Austin Turner



Senior Vice President for Program Planning
and Management


"Most of us take it for granted that where we live, and especially where our kids grow up, makes a big difference. But this proposition-that neighborhoods matter-is still the topic of spirited debate in the scholarly world. We still have a lot to learn about exactly how our neighborhoods affect our kids. The link between people and the places they live looks less like a one-way arrow than a tangle of feedback loops, where both people and places are changing all the time."

Margery Austin Turner is Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management at the Urban Institute, where she leads efforts to frame and conduct a forward-looking agenda of policy research. A nationally recognized expert on urban policy and neighborhood issues, Ms. Turner has analyzed issues of residential location, racial and ethnic discrimination and its contribution to neighborhood segregation and inequality, and the role of housing policies in promoting residential mobility and location choice. Among her recent publications is Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation (2009).

Ms. Turner served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 through 1996, focusing HUD's research agenda on the problems of racial discrimination, concentrated poverty, and economic opportunity in America's metropolitan areas. During her tenure, HUD's research office launched three major social science demonstration projects to test different strategies for helping families from distressed inner-city neighborhoods gain access to opportunities through employment and education.

Areas of expertise

residential mobility and neighborhood effects; housing discrimination and segregation; affordable housing and housing policy

Selected Publications from Margery Austin Turner

  • Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA: Potential Roles for Place-Conscious Strategies - Summary
  • Promoting Neighborhood Diversity: Benefits, Barriers, and Strategies
  • Publications by topic:
    Cities and Metropolitan Regions
    Neighborhood Indicators
    Neighborhoods/Community Building
    Racial/Ethnic Disparities
    Housing
    Housing Markets and Choice
    Racial Segregation

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