Based at the University of Chicago, we seek to honor the legacy of Paul H. Douglas through evidence-based, collaboration-oriented, justice-minded research projects.  

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This year, we are focusing on project umbrellas: Equitable Chicago and Global to Local Environment Future. Look below for our current and past projects.

Equity Illinois

In a historically and community-informed manner, this project umbrella aims to understand how fair housing can be expanded to a broader set of actors in the digital age, how social workers and legal aid firms can build organizational capacity, how governance can be more participatory, how compounding processes of decision-making can lead to less racially disparate outcomes, and how a conception of good neighborhood should be reconsidered in the 21st century. Projects were developed in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council, faculty, and community-based organizations. 

Global to Local Environment Future

This project umbrella aims to explore local approaches to reimagining and prioritizing environmental policy in Chicago and beyond. It is concerned with climate change, economic development, and environmental justice. Projects were developed in conversation with Data for Progress, the Sweetwater Foundation, members of the national security think tank community, and the Illinois Carbon Pricing Coalition.

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We are always in search of new research opportunities and project ideas. If you represent a nonprofit, government office, elected official, or anyone else with research needs, we would love to learn about them.

Attend one of our info sessions in the spring or reach out to inquire about joining us as a researcher, project mentor or partner. 

 
 

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