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Eric Burnstein

Eric Burnstein

Research Associate

Housing and communities are at the core of who we are as a nation: the ground from which we develop ideas, where innovation starts, and the scaffolding from which we grow together. By working to understand how policies affect these areas, I hope to contribute to the vision of a country where everyone has a safe, reasonable home and a supportive community.


Eric Burnstein is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where his research focuses on regional inequality in cities, housing policy, and economic development planning.

Before joining Urban, Burnstein was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, where he studied the institutional and implementation aspects of urban planning; this work stems from his previous experience in the Republic of Moldova as a Peace Corps Volunteer (2007–09). Domestically, he has worked on community and economic development projects ranging from improving public participation in Detroit to research on the neighborhood impact of low-income housing tax credit projects in suburban communities.

Burnstein received his MUP and MPP from the University of Michigan in 2012.