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Anaid Yerena, Ph.D.

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Planning, Policy, and Design
University of California, Irvine
Urban and Regional Planning
University of California, Irvine
Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey


Anaid Yerena holds degrees from the Universidad de Monterrey (B.Arch.) and University of California, Irvine (M.U.R.P. & Ph.D.). As an architect, planner, and researcher she is interested in the public participation processes and activities related to housing and community development. Her research has a strong community-based component that provides knowledge to advocate for and empower disefranchised groups. As an undergraduate at the Universidad de Monterrey,  Mexico, she coordinated the development of the first Master Plan for the City of Montemorelos. She worked on the technical aspects of the Plan and set up a forum and interviews with local residents, these activities were crucial to building support for the Plan’s approval and implementation. While completing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UC Irvine, she conducted research for the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation assessing potential housing sites for extremely low-income households in Long Beach, California.

Her current and future research interests fall within the domain of housing policy in the U.S. and Latin America. These interests branch into two major topics, the development of housing (process and stakeholders, emerging models, and design) and locational choice of housing (both the specific siting of projects and individuals’ choices). As a secondary area of research, she is interested in the emerging field of e-government. Her academic background, professional experience, and cross-cultural and bilingual sensitivities, all inspire her teaching approach. Her aim is to provide opportunities to students in the classroom and communities to learn about collective action and community development in cities around the world. By promoting reflection on culture and context, Dr. Yerena hopes to encourage students to remember how their backgrounds enrich their own and others’ learning experiences and professional careers. She teaches: Introduction to Urban Planning, Statistics for Urban Analysis, Housing Policy, and Research Design.

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Garcia, I., Jackson, A. Lee, A. A., Yerena, A., Greenlee, A. J. & Crisinger, B. 2021.“Feeling Like an ‘Odd Duck’: The Experiences of African American/Black and Hispanic/Latin/o/a/x Planning Practitioners.” Journal of the American Planning Association 87(3), 326-340. DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2020.1858936

Yerena, A. and Casas, R. 2021. “A Place for Life: Striving Towards Accessible and Equitable Public Spaces for Times of Crisis and Beyond” In van Melik, R., & Filion, P. (Eds). Volume 3: Public Space and Mobility. Bristol University Press.

de Avila, F. and Yerena, A. 2021. “Os antecedentes jurídicos da política federal de detenção de imigrantes “indocumentados” nos EUA / The juridical antecedents to the federal detention policy for "undocumented" immigrants in the U.S.” In Ennes, M., Goes, A. and Meneses, C. (Eds). Migrações internacionais sob múltiplas perspectivas / International Migrations from Multiple Perspectives. Criação Editora Aracaju.

Yerena, A. 2020. Not a Matter of Choice: Eliminating Single-Family Zoning, Journal of the American Planning Association 86(1), 122.

Kleit, R. G., Airgood-Obrycki, W. and Yerena, A. 2019. “Public Housing Authorities in the Private Market?” Housing Policy Debate 29(4), 670-692. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2019.1582548

Yerena, A. 2019. “Strategic Action for Affordable Housing: How Advocacy Organizations Accomplish Policy Change.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1-14. DOI:10.1177/0739456X19888000

Scheller, D. and Yerena, A. 2018. “Neighborhood Concerns and Mobilization Patterns of Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations.” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy 24/25(2/1), 82-106.

Basolo, V. and Yerena, A. 2017. “Perceived and Actual Residential Quality: Explaining Residential Mobility of Subsidized Households.” Housing Studies 32(6), 841-862. DOI:10.1080/02673037.2016.1240762

Perez, J.L. and Yerena, A. 2016 “Evaluating the Policy-Practice Gap in a Transitional Housing Program: An Innovation in Process Evaluation.” American Journal of Evaluation. doi: 10.1177/10982140156177303.

Basolo, V. and Yerena, A. 2016. “Using Social Media to Inform and Engage Urban Dwellers in La Paz, Mexico.”International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age 4(3), 11-28. DOI:10.4018/IJPADA.2017070102

Yerena, A. 2015 “The Impact of Advocacy Organizations on Low-Income Housing Policy in U.S. Cities.” Urban Affairs Review: 51 (6): 843-870 doi: 10.1177/1078087415571451

Amenta, E., Gardner, B. G., Tierney, A. C., Yerena, A. and Elliott, T. 2012 “A Story-Centered Approach to the Newspaper Coverage of High-Profile Social Movement Organizations.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 33: 83-107