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Violet Sulka/Hewes
Research Analyst
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Violet Sulka/Hewes is a research analyst in the Climate and Communities practice area of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. They research the connection between our built and natural environments and approaches to climate mitigation and adaptation, with a particular interest in community-engaged methods and community-led research. Sulka/Hewes’s research experience is informed by their background in community engagement and organizing around migrant health, labor rights, and transformative justice.

Sulka/Hewes previously worked as a legal assistant and assistant to the chief counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, supporting technical assistance for jurisdictions affirmatively furthering fair housing, case litigation under the Fair Housing Act, and strategies for advancing racial justice through impact litigation. While completing a BA in peace and justice studies with a minor in economics from Wellesley College, they assisted research at the Knapp Social Science Center at Wellesley and the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research Areas
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Climate change, disasters, and community resilience
Economic mobility and inequality
Race and equity
Arts and culture
Climate adaptation and resilience
Climate mitigation, sustainability, energy and land use
Civil rights laws and regulations
Community and economic development
Community engagement
Creative placemaking
Environmental displacement and migration
Equitable development
Fair housing and housing discrimination
Economic well-being
Food deserts and food supply
Housing affordability
Housing vouchers and mobility
Place-based initiatives
Land use and zoning