Rigorous research is critical to designing, improving, and understanding the impacts of social policies and programs, but alone, it’s not enough. Communicating findings to make them accessible, relevant, and actionable for affected people, advocates, and decisionmakers is an often-missing piece of the puzzle. At Urban, we address this gap through applied and translational research focused on creating more just communities.
Will Curran-Groome is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His work focuses on land-use regulation, housing access and quality, climate change adaptation, and active transportation. Curran-Groome has worked on comparative studies of domestic and international zoning and has expertise with managed retreat in the US. He has published peer-reviewed articles in journals including Land Use Policy, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and Climatic Change.
Before joining Urban, Curran-Groome worked in active transportation planning, public health research, and food security assistance. Curran-Groome has a bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.