Carolina Reid, Professor

Closed (1) Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2018.

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation is an exciting new center at the University of California, Berkeley. A collaboration between the College of Environmental Design (CED) and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business, the Terner Center leverages applied research to inform and advance innovation in the planning, financing, design and development of the built environment.

We are seeking two to three undergraduate research assistants who are interested in learning more about planning, housing, and development. Research assistants will work on a variety of projects related to affordable housing issues in California and across the nation. Projects include a survey of land use barriers to building more affordable housing in California, research on the rising costs of construction, and a study of how local impact fees drive up the costs of housing.

Research tasks include, but are not limited to: contacting city government offices, collecting data from websites, developing graphs and charts, inputting and cleaning survey data, and transcribing interviews.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience in planning, land use and affordable housing development. Additionally this opportunity will provide undergraduates the unique opportunity to work alongside a team of faculty and graduate students in the creation of innovative and actionable research.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

*Assist with research relating to planning and development issues

*Work with qualitative and quantitative data used in planning practice

*Conduct self-guided research as necessary

*Participate in regular team meetings

Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: *Excellent communication skills, with the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of people *Knowledge of (or strong interest in) affordable housing, real estate development, smart growth and planning *Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently to meet deadlines *Proactive with a friendly, professional demeanor *Attention to detail Education, Experience and Other Requirements: *Restricted to upper division students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher *Course work (or interest in) Public Policy, Economics, or Urban Studies *Experience with Microsoft Excel and some ability to work with data in spreadsheets is required. Students with a background in data/statistics and knowledge of STATA and/or GIS are especially encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

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