Squire’s research focuses on various dimensions of uneven metropolitan development. Addressing primarily issues of racial and economic inequality, he engages in research and policy initiatives pertaining to housing, economic development, financial services (e.g. mortgage lending and property insurance) and the uneven development of metropolitan areas. He has worked for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and HUD’s Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and has served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. Squires is a member of the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School’s Fair Housing Legal Support Center.
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Shares expertise and perspectives in public policy, politics, laws, civil rights, urban sociology, community development, race and ethnicity. Agrees that there has been significant progress in fair housing practices while noting that housing descrimination and redlining have remained.
Argues that collaborative, community-engaged scholarship (CCES) must meet high standards of rigor if it is to be useful to support equity-oriented, social justice agendas. Discusses the importance or relationship building and trust in addressing the tensions that can arise between the demands of knowledge production and action-oriented social change.
Demonstrates that, despite seemingly more equitable industry practices, ethnic homeowners (Mexican Americans in this study), relative to the majority White population, have a greater tendency to view home insurance as a cost burden (as opposed to coverage against potential damages and injuries) and, hence, are more vulnerable to living with minimal or no home insurance coverage.
Highlights how racial segregation contributes to the link between mortgage possessions and obesity rates. Mentions that metropolitan educational levels, not poverty levels, are predictive of foreclosure. Discusses that healthcare and mortgage counseling organizational partnerships should be considered.
Reveals how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was able to curb important unsafe and unfair practices that led to the recent financial crisis. In interviews with key government, industry, and advocacy groups along with deep archival research, the authors show where the CFPB was able to overcome many abusive practices, where it was less able to do so, and why.
Proposes shift from end-of-pipe to front-of-pipe public health solutions. Specifically, examines need for toxin-free communities, especially in urban and inner-city communities.