Each year, the Chancellor of UC Berkeley recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody the university’s proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving the local and global community. This year, College of Environmental Design Professor of City & Regional Planning Karen Chapple was named the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Chancellor’s Award for Research in the Public Interest.
“I am deeply grateful to campus for recognizing my research with this award. Since coming to Cal I have dedicated my research to building a better future for the people of California and the world,” explained Professor Chapple. “My research on housing, jobs, regional planning, and climate change over the past two decades has only made an impact due to the passionate effort of hundreds of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, the enthusiastic participation of many communities in our engaged research, and the dedication of many public servants and elected officials to implementing our policy suggestions.”
Current research that Professor Chapple is working on includes the Urban Displacement Project. This research is an action initiative of UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, community based organizations, regional planning agencies and the State of California’s Air Resources Board. The project aims to understand the nature of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area and Southern California. It focuses on creating tools to help communities identify the pressures surrounding them and take more effective action.
Professor Chapple is also working on research with Carol Galante, Donald I. Terner Distinguished Professor of Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation @ UC Berkeley on the question of infill housing as a viable alternative to housing shortages in the Bay Area and beyond.
The award ceremony is on Tuesday, May 2 at the Krutch Theatre on the Clark Kerr Campus.