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Projects

Here is a sampling of current or recent projects conducted by CHE researchers:

  • Interrupting Place-based Inequality: Building Sustainable Communities through Shared-Equity Homeownership. This three-year National Science Foundation project, begun in 2016, surveys changes in economic, social, and cultural capital associated with residence in Community Land Trust housing. CLT housing, which is becoming more widespread in the US, may provide an advantageous alternative form of homeownership for low-income households. 
    -- Housing Environments Research Group: Prof. Susan Saegert, PI; Prof. Mary Clare Lennon, Co-PI.
  • Morris Justice Project. This multi-year participatory action study originated with a community survey of a Bronx neighborhood whose residents felt the negative impacts of the New York City Police Department's "stop and frisk" policy. CHE researchers Prof. Brett Stoudt and Dr. Maria Torre, together with the project's community members, contributed to a public advocacy and judicial remedy process that has re-shaped the NYPD policy. As a result of their work, Prof. Stoudt and community members were invited in 2015 to present at a forum on community-police relations at the Obama White House.
    -- Public Science Project: Prof. Brett Stoudt and Dr. Maria Torre
  • What's Your Issue?  Funded by the Ford Foundation and a consortium of other philanthropies, this project has used participatory methods to develop and conduct a national survey of LGBTQ and Gender-Nonconforming Youth.  Having achieved a sample size of 6000+ , the project has entered a second phase: dissemination of findings in forms that are responsive to the communties surveyed, and use of results to seed further projects to address needs identified by the study's participants.
    -- Public Science Project: Dr. Maria Torre, Director
  • Child Friendly Communities. The goal of this long-term international project has been to devise an approach for integrating children’s rights into local development initiatives and educational programs through a participatory, intergenerational and child-friendly assessment and planning methodology. The result of five years of funded research and development, the Child Friendly Communities resource has been made available online as an open-source toolkit and guide (see the CERG section of this website).  Piloted in 9 countries with UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities and Communities initiative in 2008, the methods and tools have since been adapted, scaled, and implemented in more than 27 countries by a range of organizations and government entities interested in children’s rights.
    -- Children's Environments Research Group: Prof. Roger Hart, Director
  • College Access: Research and Action. This five-year contract (2013-2018) with the NYC Dept. of Education is a "Multiple Task Award Contract," which allows schools throughout the NYC public system to engage the services of the College Access: Research & Action (CARA) program at CHE. The award is thus the centerpiece in the multi-year development of CARA's peer and near-to-peer college counseling and college retention model. As CARA has gained recognition for its innovative program for increasing college application, college enrollment, and college retention for first-generation-to-college students, it has also attracted further support both from NYC agencies and from private foundations.
    -- College Access: Research & Action: Dr. Janice Bloom and Dr. Lori Chajet, Co-Directors

  • Moving the Dial on Inequality Challenges: Broadening Student Access and Success and Transforming Institutions through Campus-Community Engagement. This four-year grant from the US Dept. of Education is part of a $2.8 million package awarded to the University of Minnesota and a consortium of five partner institutions across the US. The joint project centers on bridging campus-community cultural divides in order to bring a wider representation of the US population into higher education.
    -- Public Science Project: Prof. Michelle Fine, PI

  • Review of Literature on Public Places. This project looks at environmental psychology literature from the last 50 years on the topic of public places and public space. Funding derives from the Centre for the Future of Places at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    -- Public Space Research Group: Prof. Setha Low, Director

  • ERASMUS/European Union - Evaluation Project. The Erasmus Program of the European Commission has funded this external evaluation of a two-year program in five countries to help artists in sparsely populated areas find peer connections, jobs, and a cultural environment conducive to staying in place, rather than moving to urban centers--a form of internal migration that diminishes the cultural capital and civil society of rural areas. The countries involved are the UK, Hungary, Denmark, Poland, and Portugal.
    -- ActKnowledge: Dr. Helene Clark, Director

  • Residential Mobility and Children's Well-Being. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the UK, this project uses UK and US datasets to assess the effects over time of household moves on the well-being of children. Findings of this study have been presented in the US, the UK, and at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, an international association of social scientists.
    -- Health and Society Research Group: Prof. Mary Clare Lennon, PI

  • The community college as an agent of change in the 21st century immigration crisis. The Spencer Foundation funded this study of the Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (commonly known as the "Dream Act") as it has been received by community college students and other stakeholders at these institutions, which are often important focal points for young immigrants' entry into US society.
    -- Developmental Studies Research Group: Prof. Colette Daiute, PI