Squires' research focuses on racial inequality, uneven metropolitan development, and community organizing, Overarching themes in Squires' writings include equitable development, advocacy, and the right to the city. Squires serves on the Advisory Board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Board of Directors of Shelterforce.
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Shares expertise and perspectives in public policy, politics, laws, civil rights, urban sociology, community development, race and ethnicity. Agrees that there has been significant progress in fair housing practices while noting that housing descrimination and redlining have remained.
Argues that collaborative, community-engaged scholarship (CCES) must meet high standards of rigor if it is to be useful to support equity-oriented, social justice agendas. Discusses the importance or relationship building and trust in addressing the tensions that can arise between the demands of knowledge production and action-oriented social change.
Demonstrates that, despite seemingly more equitable industry practices, ethnic homeowners (Mexican Americans in this study), relative to the majority White population, have a greater tendency to view home insurance as a cost burden (as opposed to coverage against potential damages and injuries) and, hence, are more vulnerable to living with minimal or no home insurance coverage.
Highlights how racial segregation contributes to the link between mortgage possessions and obesity rates. Mentions that metropolitan educational levels, not poverty levels, are predictive of foreclosure. Discusses that healthcare and mortgage counseling organizational partnerships should be considered.
Reveals how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was able to curb important unsafe and unfair practices that led to the recent financial crisis. In interviews with key government, industry, and advocacy groups along with deep archival research, the authors show where the CFPB was able to overcome many abusive practices, where it was less able to do so, and why.
Proposes shift from end-of-pipe to front-of-pipe public health solutions. Specifically, examines need for toxin-free communities, especially in urban and inner-city communities.