Previous Events


The Impact of COVID-19 on Renters and Rental Markets

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have disproportionately affected renter households, particularly those that rely on wages from at-risk jobs. In this talk, Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at the Center, will review some of the hardships that renters are facing and the effect the pandemic will likely have on rental markets

LIVESTREAM: Conserving Forests and Preserving Affordable Housing: Insights from Ontario’s Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020
Over the past 25 years, forest stewardship policies in the province of Ontario have shifted away from a reliance on public initiatives to tax incentives for private property owners. In this presentation, Julia Smachylo, a Meyer doctoral fellow who is a Doctor of Design candidate at the Graduate School of Design, will discuss research on these policies she is conducting in southern Ontario.

LIVESTREAM: The Housing Finance System During the Pandemic and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Given the economic havoc brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Don Layton will review the major points of stress in the housing finance system that will be tested by this crisis. Taking a longer view, the discussion will also describe the intertwining of economics and politics that have dominated and, he believes, often distorted that system in negative ways.

LIVESTREAM: Caregiving During Disruption: Using the Opioid Epidemic to Discuss Caregiving Changes During Large-Scale Social Disruption

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
In this seminar, Samara Scheckler, a Center postdoctoral fellow will describe research showing that grandparents living in counties characterized by high opioid use are much more likely to act as primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Implications of this care disruption will be explored and will be used as a platform to examine caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What To Do About It

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Who becomes homeless? Why do people become homeless? How do we end homelessness? And how do we prevent it? Join us for a conversation about these questions with Beth Shinn, co-author (with Jill Khadduri) of In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What To Do About It, recently published by Wiley-Blackwell and David Luberoff, Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Harvard Real Estate Weekend 2020

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
The Harvard Real Estate Weekend is an annual conference jointly presented by The Real Estate and Development Club of the Graduate School of Design and The Real Estate Club of Harvard Business School. It aims to engage next generation leaders with industry experts through an inclusive and globally oriented forum. Together we explore, debate and advance topics that have the potential to transform the real estate industry.

What Do We Mean When We Talk About ‘Aging in Place’?

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
“Aging in place” is a personal goal for many older people and a policy goal for many governments. But the phrase appears to have multiple (often unstated) definitions and motivations, according to Ann Forsyth, the Stanton Professor of Urban Planning at GSD, and Jennifer Molinsky, a Center senior research associate, who are both researching issues related to housing and older adults.