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About Lisa K. Bates

Lisa K. Bates, PhD is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Studies in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her research on housing policy and planning is particularly focused on social justice and issues of institutionalized racism in policy design and implementation. Her research also describes how people of color and low-income households make decisions about housing and neighborhoods, given their perceived choices and constraints. As a planner, Dr. Bates focuses on social justice issues arising in the institutions, processes, and regulations of the land use planning system as part of a tradition of equity planning. Dr. Bates has engaged in research and policy formulation with a variety of community partners, including ACORN Housing Corporation in New Orleans and Chicago, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Multnomah Youth Commission, the Portland Housing Center, and PolicyLink.


Present Fellow, Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Present Associate Professor, Portland State University Urban Studies and Planning

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Dale Prize for Excellence in Scholarship in Urban Planning

Contact Information

Urban Center 370E


Journal Articles (11)

Contributions to Books (3)

Reports (9)

Presentations (8)