May 4, 2015
William (Bill) Rohe has been reappointed as director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies, one of the oldest university-based urban research centers in the country. Rohe is also the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning at UNC-CH.
Dr. Rohe has held the position of director of the Center for 20 years and looks forward to continuing his leadership. “Urban areas and regions continue to struggle with a variety of problems. I look forward to leading the Center in addressing those problems through in-house research and by supporting the research efforts of our Faculty Fellows,” said Rohe.
Dr. Rohe is the author or co-author of several books including Planning with Neighborhoods, Chasing the American Dream: New Perspectives on Affordable Homeownership, and The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence. He has also published over sixty refereed journal articles on the topics of housing and community development policy and practice, as well as numerous research reports for federal, state, and local government agencies and major foundations. Dr. Rohe has also been awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to study urban revitalization in Barcelona, Spain and Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr. Rohe’s current research projects at the Center include an evaluation of the Charlotte Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Demonstration and its Boulevard Homes HOPE VI project. He is also conducting a long-term assessment of the impacts of individual development accounts on homeownership, total wealth, education attainment, and psychological well-being.