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Lydia Lo

Lydia Lo

Research Associate

I believe in using research to identify how cities’ spatial and social distributions of resources and opportunities can release the highest potential of all their residents.


Lydia Lo is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research interests include housing instability, affordable housing, urban growth and land-use planning, gentrification, and racial equity.

Before joining Urban, Lo performed research on a Fulbright grant in Hangzhou, China; managed research and policy advocacy on slum upgrading at the Beijing nonprofit INCLUDED; and consulted on affordable housing policy for the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board. She holds a BA in political science from St. Olaf College and an MPA with a certificate in urban planning and policy from Princeton University.