Presented by UNC-Asheville Professor Kathleen Lawlor
Kathleen will explore the history of Asheville’s Urban Renewal from a quantitative, qualitative and historical perspective and its impact on marginalized communities.
Dr. Lawlor is an applied microeconomist specializing in development economics, environmental economics, and impact evaluation. Her research focuses on evaluating the social impacts of policies and programs designed to reduce poverty and improve the well-being of marginalized populations. Her current research examines how various forms of cash transfers – as carbon dividends, baby bonds, and protection for poor children’s human capital – can be designed to maximize positive, transformational impacts and promote equity.
Prior to academia, Dr. Lawlor worked on international environment and development policy with numerous organizations. She has worked for an independent accountability mechanism of the World Bank Group, investigating project-affected communities’ claims of human rights violations and social and environmental harms, for a think tank at Duke University on international climate and forest policy, and with farmers in Cameroon on agroforestry and HIV/AIDS education as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She remains engaged in applied policy work, advising both local and global organizations on how to evaluate and improve their social impacts.
Dr. Lawlor’s courses emphasize the power of the economic approach to causal inference and how economic theory and evidence can be harnessed to fight poverty and inequality through public policy.