Amy Khare - Staff member - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Amy Khare

Amy works as a consultant with the Metropolitan Planning Council on the Cost of Segregation project. Her role involves facilitating the intersection of research and policy initiatives in order to produce recommendations that aim to ameliorate economic and racial segregation.

Amy also serves as a research affiliate with the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities through Case Western Reserve University. In this role, she consults and provides evaluation services to public, private and nonprofit partners to enhance their capacity to create socially inclusive communities. She is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, where she teaches urban policy.

Amy’s research and consulting aims to shape solutions to urban poverty and structural inequality, with a focus on housing, equitable community development and urban policy.

She graduated in June 2016 with her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her mixed-methods dissertation study, Privatizing Chicago, examines one of the most regularly embraced policy responses to concentrated poverty in the last two decades: the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods through the transformation of public housing. The study investigates how Chicago's public housing reforms shifted after the 2008 economic recession and suggests implications for market-oriented housing policies.

Most recently, Amy worked as a Research Associate at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. There, she served as a lead researcher on the national evaluation of HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.

Amy’s research has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Cityscape, as well as in policy reports designed for various audiences. In 2015, she was honored by the Urban Affairs Association with the Emerging Scholar Award, presented to one doctoral candidate in the nation.

Amy is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in social work from the University of Kansas. She lives on the North Side of Chicago with her husband and three children. She enjoys discovering places where people of diverse backgrounds connect, while making the most of the city’s array of parks, concerts and cultural opportunities.

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  1. Why “trickle-down” economics is still not the answer

    • By Amy Khare and Jessica Smith & Alden Loury
    • Apr 6, 2017

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Amy Khare Consultant

Areas of expertise

  • Urban poverty and race
  • Affordable and mixed-income housing
  • Community development and organizing
  • Place-based initiatives
  • Market-based policy approaches


Ph.D., Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
B.S.W., Social Welfare, University of Kansas
M.S.W., Social Welfare, University of Kansas

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