What is the Nature of Gentrification, Displacement, and Exclusion in Global Cities?

The Urban Displacement Project (UDP) is a research and action initiative of UC Berkeley. UDP conducts community-centered, data-driven, applied research toward more equitable and inclusive futures for cities. Our research aims to understand and describe the nature of gentrification, displacement, and exclusion, and also to generate knowledge on how policy interventions and investment can respond and support more equitable development.

The goal of UDP is to produce rigorous research and create tools to empower advocates and policymakers, to reframe conversations, and to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in equitable development.

Which neighborhoods are more likely to experience high rates of post-pandemic displacement and eviction?  

The Urban Displacement Project's Housing Precarity Risk Model measures the risk of displacement and eviction impacted by 2020 unemployment across 53 metropolitan areas. The goal of this study is to identify where community vulnerabilities exist so that local, state, and federal agencies can direct resources appropriately. Explore the interactive map, learn more about this study, and read our anti-displacement policy recommendations for post-pandemic recovery.

Open Source


The Urban Displacement Project’s Open Source Project is an effort to democratize research methods, making them transparent and accessible for a wide audience of researchers, practitioners, and community members. We have made our recent projects available so that you may replicate this research in your own area. Visit our github repositories to learn more about the projects we have available to fork or clone.

Updated gentrification & policy maps

Gentrification, displacement, and exclusion are growing in neighborhoods around the world. Check out our expanded, refined and updated maps, and create your own using our open source code.

Building a National Narrative of Anti-Displacement Strategies

As our national housing affordability crisis intensifies and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates existing housing inequalities, it is critical now more than ever to understand the many ways that displacement pressures can manifest in communities across the United States.

Climate Change and Displacement in the U.S. – A Review of the Literature

Centuries of burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere have indelibly altered the course of our planet’s global climate system. There is broad scientific consensus that our shared future is one of higher average temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent and severe climatic shocks.

Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends?

Cities and regions throughout the world are encouraging smarter growth patterns and expanding their transit systems to accommodate this growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and satisfy new demands for mobility and accessibility. Yet despite a burgeoning literature and various policy interventions in recent decades, we still understand little about what happens to neighborhoods and residents with the development of transit systems and the trend toward more compact cities.

Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area

This report finds that increases in housing prices in the San Francisco Bay Area between 2000 and 2015 were correlated with shifts in where low-income people of color lived in the region. It also provides evidence that these shifts contributed to new concentrations of poverty and racial segregation in the region and the perpetuation of racial disparities in access to high-resource neighborhoods.