Carolina Reid, Professor

Closed (1) Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

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 undergraduate research assistants who are interested in working on one of two research projects.

The first project entails an analysis of a ballot initiative seeking to reform Proposition 13 by revaluing property taxes for commercial and industrial real property based on fair-market value. Applicants should have strong data skills, including the ability to manipulate large data sets using either Stata, Python, or R.

The second project entails an analysis of bank performance under the Community Reinvestment Act. Applicants should be willing to undertake significant data entry from PDFs, using their judgment and critical thinking skills to identify relevant CRA activities and demonstrate strong attention to detail.

Additional research tasks may 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 candidates 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.

In your application, please indicate which project(s) you would be interested in working on.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

*Assist with research relating to planning and development issues

*Gather, clean, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data

*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/Python/R and/or GIS are especially encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

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