- Research Interests/Specializations
International development, Political economy, Affordable housing, Environmental Justice
- MCRP City and Regional Planning, Ohio State
- MA Geography, Ohio State
- BA Economics, Cornell University
My research focuses on land, housing, and environmental justice, both in the United States and abroad. Land provides an entry point for looking at so many different aspects of our world. It underpins nearly every aspect of the economy; people's capacity to access it both determines and reflects their position in society; and how it is managed has serious ecological and political implications.
My current project looks into the origins and effects of a participatory slum upgrading program in Bangkok, Thailand. To participate in the policy, residents seeking more secure housing must organize themselves into formal, legally-defined communities in order to obtain collective land rights and access credit for physical upgrading. This project has me asking all sorts of fundamental questions about how urban society functions. Where do our ideas about what a community is come from? How does living as part of an urban commons affect a person's identity and sense of political agency? Can commonly-held land and resources really be a viable alternative to governance by the state and market? The insights gained from this project are helping me to develop new theories about how land, housing, and community shape the world and how planners of all stripes can push for cities that make space for the diversity of people who live in them.
- Courses Taught
Planning for Sustainable Development
Theories and Methods of Urban Studies
Community and Economic Development
- Awards + Recognition
- 2017-2018 Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship for the project Creating Community: “Secure Housing” and Social Order in Thailand
- 2017-2018 Fulbright IIE U.S. Student Program Open Study/Research Award, Thailand
- 2017-2018 Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS) Dissertation Fellowship, Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University
- 2017 Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellow, Thai Language
- 2016 Mesa Refuge Human Rights Writing Fellow
- 2016 Davis Prize for Peace, a grant to fund the project “Filming the Future Thai Youth Conference” in conjunction with the Four Regions Slum Network ($10,000)
- 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Award, sponsored by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center
- 2015-2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, sponsored by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center
- 2015-2016 Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship, Thai Language and Southeast Asian Studies
- 2015 Human Rights Summer Fellowship, Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law
- Selected Publications
Shelby, Hayden. 2017. "Why Place Really Matters: A Qualitative Approach to Housing Preferences and Neighborhood Effects." Housing Policy Debate 27(4): 547-569.
Shelby, Hayden. 2017. “The Right to Remain in the City: How One Community Has Used Legal Rights and Rights Talk to Stay Put in Bangkok.” Berkeley Planning Journal 29: 129-151.