CAMBRIDGE, MA - Harvard doctoral students studying a range of global issues have been named 2019 John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellows by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. 

The 2019 Meyer Fellows are:

Maria Atuesta, a doctoral student in Urban Planning, is examining how the 6 million people displaced by Colombia's 50 years of civil conflict are being housed, particularly in small cities like Granada, and how the influx of these previously rural households is affecting social and political structures in those cities.

Jared N. Schachner, a PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy, is using Los Angeles County to examine how parents make choices about neighborhoods and schools in an era of liberalized, choice-oriented urban policies, and how those choices affect educational outcomes for children.

Adam Travis, a PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy, is exploring how different coastal real estate markets are responding to global climate change, with a particular focus on the relationship between flood hazards and home prices.

About the Meyer Fellowship

Meyer Fellows receive a stipend from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and access to the Center’s resources and interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners. Fellows are expected to produce a working paper and to present their work in a Housing Research Seminar at the Center.

The fellowship honors the memory of the late John R. Meyer, who chaired the Center's Faculty Committee from 1997 to 2003 and served as its Interim Director from 1996 to 1998. One of the leading urban economists of his generation, Meyer was the James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Economic Growth Emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also served as president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, as a professor at Harvard Business School, and as a professor of economics at both Harvard and Yale.

Additional information about the fellowship.

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