Bartram specializes in urban studies, housing, inequality, studies of urban regulation and legislation. Her current research concentrates on the selective allocation of building code violations and the consequences vis-à-vis urban inequality.
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Presents statistical analyses of building code violations data and housing market data in Chicago. Suggests that code violations reinforce the divide between wealthy and poor homeowners and exacerbate the existing lack of affordable housing options for renters.
Discusses how public and private actors reproduce economic and racial inequality, by protecting the values of lucrative real estate.
Compares institutional archives to observations of tours in order to examine how a museum dedicated to depicting tenements in effect obscures the institutional practices that necessitated tenement housing.
Elaborates on issues around the materiality of housing and inequality and outlines a new research agenda. Discusses using the idea of social and material vulnerabilities to stress the need to always account for how material and social characteristics relate in myriad ways.
Calls for attention to the myriad ways that render some people and certain housing types more vulnerable to state intervention (both punitive and subsidiary) than others.