Lisa Berglund


Phone: 902-494-1763
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
Box 15000, 5410 Spring Garden Road,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Neighborhood change
  • Uneven development
  • Urban design
  • Critical urban theory
  • Environmental justice


  • PhD 2017, Urban Planning, UCLA
  • MS 2011, Urban Planning and Design, Royal Institute of Technology
  • BS 2005, Architecture, University of Michigan


  • Plan 5101 History and Theory of Planning
  • Plan 5500 Planning Studio 2

Research Interests

Lisa’s research and teaching interests are at the nexus of community development and urban design. She focuses on community organizing and social movements in the context of neighborhood change, including processes like gentrification, displacement, redevelopment and disaster recovery. This research engages with communities to understand the policy obstacles that disenfranchise some groups from reestablishing their homes and important community places in times of crisis and change, and how these communities resist exclusionary planning practices. An important component of this work is understanding how communities develop their own ways of planning through social mobilization and informal economic and design strategies, considering these practices integral to the workings of cities. Drawing on the perspectives of politically marginalized urban populations, her work aims to share narratives of communities that are often left out of planning processes, and disproportionately pathologized and treated as objects ripe for policy intervention.

Selected Publications

  • Berglund, Lisa (2018). “Excluded by Design: Informality versus Tactical Urbanism in the Redevelopment of Detroit Neighborhoods”. Journal of Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2018.1516600
  • Berglund, Lisa (2018). “‘We’re Forgotten’: The Role of Active Disinvestment in Shaping Place Attachment and Collective Action in Detroit’s 48217 Neighborhood”. Journal of Urban Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1454819
  • Berglund, Lisa & Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (2016). “The Road Home: An Examination of the Successes and Challenges of Housing Non-Profit Work in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina”. Journal of Civil Society, 12(2), pp.121-140.
  • Berglund, Lisa (2015). “Challenges and Benefits of Homeownership: Conversations with Low-Income Homeowners in North Minneapolis”. Critical Planning Journal, 22, pp.153-180.

Membership and Service

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
  • Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCIRN)
  • Planners Network
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)