Dr. Amie Thurber is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Dr. Thurber’s scholarship focuses on building more just neighborhoods through innovations in policy, practice and participatory inquiry. Dr. Thurber served as the lead author of ‘Equitable Development: Promising practices to maximize affordability and minimize displacement in Nashville’s urban core’, prepared for the Metropolitan Nashville Planning Department. She has conducted action research in partnership with tenant rights groups in Nashville, TN and Portland, OR. Her study of an innovative neighborhood-based response to gentrification was awarded the 2019 Award for the Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology by the Society for Community Research and Action.
Portland's North/Northeast (N/NE) Preference Policy the first in the nation to recreate housing access in a historical community of color to those displaced by urban renewal and gentrification. The policy builds new affordable rental housing with placement priority for families with inter-generational ties to the area. This study provides a critical opportunity to evaluate the question: what are the intended and unintended consequences of the Preference Policy on returning resident's well-being?