Karen Chapple (she/her), Professor


Administrative Position:
Director, School of Cities

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Other Degrees:
M.S., City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute
B.A., Urban Studies, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University

Honours & Awards:
John Friedmann Book Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (for Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions), 2018

Fulbright Global Scholar Award, 2017-18

Chancellor’s Public Service Award for Research in the Public Interest, University of California-Berkeley, 2017

Contact Information:


Personal Website: www.karenchapple.com

Research Interests:

  • Urban science and big data
  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Urban climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Mixed methods
  • Exclusionary zoning
  • Regional governance

Current Students:

Madeleine Parker, Finding the mass for transit: Housing density and travel behavior (University of California, Berkeley)

Alex Ramiller, Constructing neighborhood change: Gentrification and displacement as processes of property (University of California, Berkeley)

Laura Schmahmann, The role of the ‘real estate state’ and the tech industry in facilitating commercial gentrification within industrially zoned lands (University of California, Berkeley)

Clara Turner, Innovation-driven economic growth and trajectories of regional spatial inequality (University of California, Berkeley)

Selected Publications:

Chapple, Karen and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. 2019, MIT Press. Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends? Understanding the Effects of Smarter Growth on Communities.

Montero, Sergio and Karen Chapple, editors. 2018. Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Chapple, Karen. 2015. Planning sustainable cities and regions: Towards more equitable development. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Chapple, Karen, and Jae Sik Jeon. 2022, forthcoming. “Big tech on the block: Examining the impact of tech campuses on local housing markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Economic Development Quarterly.

Chapple, Karen, Ate Poorthuis, Matthew Zook, and Eva Phillips. 2021. “Monitoring streets through tweets: Using user-generated geographic information to predict gentrification and displacement.” Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F23998083211025309

Turner, Clara, Marco Di Tommaso, Chiara Pollio, and Karen Chapple. 2020. “Who will win the electric vehicle race? The role of place-based assets and regional policy in an emerging industry.” Local Economy 35,4.

Mattiuzzi, Elizabeth, and Karen Chapple. 2020. “Epistemic communities in unlikely regions: The role of multi-level governance in fostering regionalism.” Journal of Planning Education and Research (2020): 0739456X20937287.

Parker, Madeleine and Karen Chapple. 2019. “Revisiting rent stabilization in the neighborhood context: The potential impact of rent regulation on community stability and security in the New York metropolitan region.” Fordham Urban Law Journal 46,5: 1137-1181.

González, Silvia R., Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, and Karen Chapple. 2019. “Transit neighborhoods, commercial gentrification, and traffic crashes: Exploring the linkages in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.” Journal of Transport Geography 77: 79-89.

McCoy, Raleigh, Joseph A. Poirier, and Karen Chapple. 2019. “Bikes or bust? Analyzing the impact of bicycle infrastructure on business performance in San Francisco.” Transportation Research Record: doi 0361198119850465.

Chapple, Karen. 2018. “The fiscal tradeoff: Sprawl, the conversion of land, and wage decline in California’s metropolitan regions.” Landscape and Urban Planning 177: 294-302.

Chapple, Karen and Renee Roy Elias. 2017. “Analyzing investment flows in comprehensive community revitalization: The case of Bayview-Hunter’s Point, San Francisco.” Journal of Urban Affairs: 1-24.

Zuk, Miriam, Ariel H. Bierbaum, Karen Chapple, Karolina Gorska, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. 2017. “Gentrification, displacement, and the role of public investment.” Journal of Planning Literature (2017): 0885412217716439.

Chapple, Karen and Miriam Zuk. 2016. “Forewarned: The use of neighborhood early warning systems for gentrification and displacement.” Cityscape 18,3: 109-130.