Julia Harten


Assistant Professor, Tier 2 CRC: Data Innovation for Housing and Inclusive Urbanization

Julia Harten is an Assistant Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning. In her work, she leverages innovative data strategies for the study of housing and socio-spatial inequality, focusing on the housing strategies of marginalized people and the role of cities and housing for social mobility. Dr. Harten completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where she researched informal shared rental housing in Shanghai, combining insights from web-scraped online rental listings, critical cartography, and ethnography. Prior to USC, Dr. Harten studied at Münster University, Goethe University Frankfurt, and the Free University of Berlin, earning degrees in Business Administration, Economics, and China and East Asian Studies.

Harten leverages new data methods to study housing and socio-spatial inequality. She focuses on the housing strategies of marginalized people and the role of cities and housing for social mobility, both in Asia and North America.

Julia Harten


  • Canadian Housing Evidence CollaborativeCenter for Housing and Urban-Rural DevelopmentHousing Research CollaborativeInternational Association for China PlanningUBC Centre for Chinese Research

Research and Specialties

  • China
  • Community development / social planning
  • Housing
  • Urban Analytics


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