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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Hayden Shelby


Dr. Hayden Shelby is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) specializing in affordable housing, and community planning.

Dr. Shelby’s research centers around issues of housing, community development, and urban social movements, primarily in Thailand. Most recently, she conducted an ethnographic study of a participatory slum upgrading program in Bangkok funded by the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright IIE. She is currently working on a book project based on this research, and a preliminary account of the work has been published in the Berkeley Planning Journal.

Before coming to UH, Dr. Shelby earned her Ph.D in city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degrees in planning and geography from Ohio State University. From 2009-2011 she served in the Peace Corps as a community-based organizational development volunteer in Surat Thani, Thailand. 

As part of her work in Thailand, Dr. Shelby has collaborated with a community-based social movement to put on a youth development camp. She also hosted Southeast Asian scholars in the U.S. for the International Social Sciences, and Business Research Conference in conjunction with the Political Science Association of Kasetsart University. 

Check out her work here!