Karen Chapple, associate professor, City and Regional Planning
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves also as Associate 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 current book project is on integrating economic development into regional sustainability planning.
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, and Peru.