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Elizabeth Strom

Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of South Florida
Chapter Leader: Florida SSN
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About Elizabeth

Strom's research focuses on the intersection of policy, politics and planning in US cities, with some interest in European cities as well. Research topics have included downtown redevelopment, the role of arts and culture in urban development, and affordable housing/foreclosure issues. Overarching themes are the politics of the built environment. Strom has partnered with local governments and nonprofit organizations in particular in her teaching role.


In the News

Opinion: "Gov. DeSantis, Please Leave Us Professors Alone To Teach and Do Research," Elizabeth Strom, Tampa Bay Times, March 9, 2023.
Opinion: "Yes, Florida Needs Rent Regulation," Elizabeth Strom, Tampa Bay Times, July 29, 2022.
Opinion: "Inflation Hits Tampa Bay Renters Especially Hard," Elizabeth Strom (with Christina Stevens), Tampa Bay Times, May 7, 2022.
Opinion: "Florida Legislature Can Help Vulnerable Renters," Elizabeth Strom, Tampa Bay Times, February 17, 2021.
Opinion: "Political Parties in Florida Still Show Signs of Life," Elizabeth Strom (with Stephen Neely), Sun Sentinel, October 30, 2020.
Opinion: "A High-Stakes Election Is Making Floridians Anxious | Column ," Elizabeth Strom (with Stephen Neely), Tampa Bay Times, October 21, 2020.


"Brownfields Redevelopment: Recycling the Urban Environment" in The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability, edited by Robert Brinkmann and Sandra J. Garren (Palgrave, 2018), 371-384.

This chapter provides an overview of Brownfields redevelopment as an element of urban redevelopment and environmental policy.

"How Place Matters: A View from the Sunbelt" Urban Affairs Review 53, no. 1 (2017): 197-209.

A friendly critique of the book Place Matters that highlights distinctive qualities of Sunbelt cities.

"Mountains and Muses: Tourism Development in Asheville, NC" (with Robert Kerstein), in Annals of Tourism Research, edited by Sara Dolnicar, Scott McCabe, and Noga Collins-Kreiner (Elsevier, 2015), 134-147.

"It's too crowded, nobody goes there anymore" said (supposedly) Yogi Berra. This article considers whether popular tourism destinations can have tipping points after which they lose their attractiveness, with Asheville, NC as its central case study.

"Still the American Dream? Views of Homeownership in the Wake of the Foreclosure Crisis" (with Susan Greenbaum), in Home: International Perspectives on Culture, Identity, and Belonging, edited by Margarethe Kusenbach and Krista E. Paulsen (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2013), 49-72.

Based on 28 interviews with households in foreclosure, this book chapter considers the factors that led to housing instability during the Great Recession.