Masters student of Urban Studies, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
After five years working as a community organizer in Seattle, Cameron is now studying community development and housing in the urban studies master’s program at Portland State University. His organizing background has led him to an interest in community-controlled housing, including land trusts and limited-equity cooperatives, and he is particularly intrigued by the potential for these models to prevent displacement and ensure long-term affordability in gentrifying urban neighborhoods. His current research is a participatory, activist project on the role that community organizing plays in preventing displacement. It draws upon urban social movements theory and John Davis’ (1991) typology of housing interest groups to assess the potential for residents to embrace community-controlled housing as an anti-displacement strategy and has a focus of grassroots community action in gentrifying neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon.