Karen Chapple, Professor, City and Regional Planning
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves also as Interim Director of the Institute for Urban & Regional Development. Chapple specializes in housing, community and economic development, as well as regional planning. She has most recently published on regional economic resilience (in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society), innovation in the green economy (in Economic Development Quarterly), and the failure of poverty dispersal policies (in Housing Policy Debate). Her recent book (Routledge, 2014) is entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development.
In her capacity as faculty director of the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, she has led research on the potential for gentrification and displacement near transit-oriented development (for the Association of Bay Area Governments); more effective planning for affordable housing and economic development near transit (for the Great Communities Collaborative); the relationship between the arts, commercial and residential revitalization in low-income neighborhoods; and the role of the green economy and industrial land in the California economy. Most recently, she has led a national contest sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to generate ideas for local and state job creation targeting disadvantaged communities. Chapple has also worked on regional and local economic development research projects in Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Guatemala.
Chapple holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to UC Berkeley. From 2006-2009, she held the Theodore Bo and Doris Shoong Lee Chair in Environmental Design. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. Prior to academia, Chapple spent ten years as a practicing planner in economic development, land use, and transportation in New York and San Francisco.