Lauren Meloche joined the Center for Urban Studies in December 2013 as an Urban Safety/GIS Research Assistant. At CUS, Lauren studies issues related to crime and public safety, maps and analyzes crime data for the Urban Safety program, and provides research support for other initiatives at the Center.
After graduating from Wayne State with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Lauren earned a master’s in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While in graduate school, Lauren worked with a team of her peers to conduct a pioneering study on the effectiveness of community gardening as a tool for community and economic development, utilizing a variety of methods including program evaluation, hedonic price modeling, survey design and implementation, and geospatial analysis. In addition to studying food systems and public safety, Lauren’s research and policy interests include land use, blight remediation, segregation and spatial justice.