Dr. Jermaine Durham, assistant professor of housing and community development, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia, will present on the long-term influences the historic U.S. foreclosure crisis has had on processes of neighborhood change that are yet to be fully understood. Even less is known about how the foreclosure crisis influenced neighborhood level racial transitions in small to mid-sized cities in the American South. Using both quantitative and goegraphical analytic techniques, this muti-case study seeks to analyze the spatial distribution of foreclosures in two counties in the Southeastern United States.
Additionally, using OLS regression, the study seeks to determine the independent influences foreclosures have on the racial succession process at the census tract level. This research adds to the discussion on race, foreclosure, neighborhood change, and the reproduction of the racialization of space in America's post-Recession urban landscape. The results can help planners, policy makers and housing advocates to better understand the racial transition process and more effectively ameliorate issues that result from concentrated foreclosures.
Durham earned a BA in Philosophy, 2008, from Georgia Southern University, a MS in Urban Studies and Planning, 2012, from Savannah Sate University, and a PhD in Planning, Design and Built Environment in 2019. Throughout his professional and academic careers, he has served as an educator, researcher and practitioner in the fields of urban planning, housing policy and community development. Durham serves as the director of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). GICH assists communities throughout Georgia to improve their quality of life and economic vitatlity through housing and revitalization strategies.