Joint Center for Housing Studies

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University advances understanding of housing issues and informs policy. Through its research, education, and public outreach programs, the center helps leaders in government, business, and the civic sectors make decisions that effectively address the needs of cities and communities. Through graduate and executive courses, as well as fellowships and internship opportunities, the Joint Center also trains and inspires the next generation of housing leaders.

The Center was formed in 1959 as the Harvard–MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies to address intellectual and policy issues confronting a nation experiencing widespread demographic, economic and social change. Its research was based on the premise that the resolution of these issues called for imaginative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of urban problems and issues, and required cooperation among universities, government and industry.[1]

Splitting from MIT in 1989,[1] and affiliated with Harvard's Graduate School of Design and Kennedy School of Government, the Center consolidated the focus on housing that had emerged during the 1970s, and changed its name from "Urban Studies" to "Housing Studies."

In 1969, Robert C. Wood became director, replacing Daniel P. Moynihan.[2] Nicolas Retsinas became the director in 1998.[3] The current managing director is Christopher Herbert.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Wissler, Mary L. (May 12, 1965). "Building Cities, Bridging Gaps: Brass Tacks". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  • Bodian, Marion E. (June 13, 1968). "The Joint Center For Urban Studies: Unwilling, Unable, and Unsuited To Do Anything About Roxbury". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  • "Ford Fund Aiding Business Studies; $2,950,000 Appropriated to Develop More Leaders - Other Grants Are Made". The New York Times. October 26, 1958. p. 122. Retrieved 2008-07-24.


  1. ^ "History - Joint Center for Housing Studies". Harvard University. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Wood to Head Unit For Urban Studies At Harvard Center". The New York Times. January 9, 1969. p. 13. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  3. ^ "Housing Center Appoints New Director". Harvard University Gazette. February 26, 1998. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  4. ^ "Faculty and Staff". Joint Center for Housing Studies. Retrieved 2013-07-28.

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