The UT Urban Affairs Center


UAC Research Associates

Olugbenga (Gbenga) Ajilore is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Toledo. He received his PhD in Economics from Claremont Graduate University (2002). Professor Ajilore is a public finance economist who studies the spatial aspects of state and local government spending. Professor Ajilore’s community projects include a study on buying local versus a big box store and the local economic impact of the Glass City Medical Mutual Marathon.

Dwight Haase is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toledo. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin (2006). Professor Haase is an international sociology with research interests in microfinance, civic participation, and globalization. Professor Haase’s recent community projects include consulting with the Toledo Blade’s Mideast in the Midwest project. He also has helped with the Lucas County Community Satisfaction Survey and a study of the value of historical sites in Ohio.

Dan Hammel is a Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota (1994). Professor Hammel is an urban geographer with research interests in housing and neighborhood change in American cities, but he has also conducted work in cities around the world. His most recent community oriented projects include research on sub-prime and predatory lending, and research on tax and mortgage foreclosures.

Sujata Shetty is Associate Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture at Delhi University in India. She also holds a Masters in Urban Planning (1992) and a Ph.D. (2002) from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Professor Shetty is an architect and urban planner with research interests centered on urban design and planning challenges in cities facing population loss and economic decline. Professor Shetty’s recent community projects include working with students to develop proposals for vacant land in downtown Toledo and a small-scale neighborhood planning proposal for the Byrne-Heatherdowns neighborhood.

UAC Advisory Committee

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