New CCC Director Mai Nguyen’s research is inspired by the goal of creating equitable and resilient communities. She is a housing and urban scholar who seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations and is passionate about how we can harness urban planning and public policy to create a more just future for the next generation. Nguyen has held leadership positions in national associations, including serving as the board chair of the Urban Affairs Association and president of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group at the Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning. She currently directs the Academic Leadership Program and the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her co-edited book, Routledge’s Handbook of Housing Policy and Planning, was recently published. Nguyen’s work has been published in journals such as: Housing Studies, Housing Policy Debate, Housing Theory and Society, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Studies, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, and the Journal of Planning Literature.
The UNC Center for Community Capital is a non-partisan, multi-disciplinary research center housed within The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a leading center for research and policy analysis on the power of capital to transform households and communities in the United States. It is part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and an affiliate of UNC’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies.