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Research interests

Topics of research interest include housing, community development, urban planning, and immigration.

Personal profile

Professor Ryan Allen is a housing and community development scholar with a focus on the experience of immigrant communities in the U.S. He is the author of a variety of articles that focus on housing affordability, public housing, and immigrant integration in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Studies, and International Migration Review. Most recently, he co-authored "Immigrant Legal Status and Commute Mode Choice for Hispanics in the United States" in the Journal of the American Planning Association. In addition, Professor Allen has served as an expert witness in multiple federal lawsuits challenging the "public charge" rule in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Allen directs the Urban and Regional Planning program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has an appointment with the Center for Community Vitality in Minnesota Extension. He also serves as associate dean for research at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he acts as the point of contact for the Humphrey School’s research faculty and center directors, and updates faculty on policies regarding research ethics, procedures, grant funding, and other related information.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 2007

Masters, City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 2002

BA, The College of William and Mary

… → 1997

Research Interest Keywords

  • housing
  • community development
  • urban planning
  • immigration
  • community-based research


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