Margaret Dewar

University of Michigan
Urban and Regional Planning

2000 Bonisteel Blvd
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
48109
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My research focuses on American cities that have lost a large share of their peak population and employment and now face major issues with property disinvestment. These cities include most of the past manufacturing centers of the Midwest and many of those in the Northeast. I am fascinated by what such cities become and aim to contribute to strengthening urban planning’s capacity to improve the conditions for people who live and work in them. The focus of urban planning has traditionally been to revitalize, rebuild, and redevelop disinvested areas, but such renewal is no longer possible in many areas of these cities. This means that urban planners need to reframe the way they work in such places. Further, I want to know how research on such cities can change the questions we ask and the answers we discover in many areas of urban studies.


Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Urban Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY