Swanstrom’s main area of expertise is urban politics and public policy, with a special focus on the ways residential living patterns shape lives and participation in politics. He conducts policy research with the Public Policy Research Center to support community development in the St. Louis region. Swanstrom has helped to create the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, which aims to improve conditions in disadvantaged neighborhoods by increasing the capacities of community-based nonprofits and ensuring them a place at the table when policy is made.
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Examines the major trends and problems shaping our cities and suburbs, explores a range of policy solutions to address them, and looks closely at the potential political coalitions needed to put the country's urban crises back on the national agenda.