Eric Seymour

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4)


Eric's research addresses housing policy and community development, with a focus on places that have experienced sustained job and population losses. He seeks to build knowledge regarding housing and neighborhood dynamics under conditions of decline, particularly the role of urban policy in influencing the location and pace of disinvestment and investor practices for extracting profit from declining neighborhoods.

Eric's ongoing projects center on “post-crisis” housing markets in shrinking cities, including the return of predatory real estate instruments as a central feature of property markets. This work addresses the intensification of displacement pressures stemming from the confluence of austerity-oriented urban policy and predatory investment capital. Eric's work draws extensively from real estate transaction records and other property-level data, including landlord-tenant actions and foreclosure records. 

Eric received his professional degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Deng, L., Seymour, E., Dewar, M., & Manning Thomas, J. (2017). Saving strong neighborhoods from the destruction of mortgage foreclosures: The impact of community-based efforts in Detroit, Michigan. Housing Policy Debate, 1-27.

Dewar, M., Seymour, E., & Druță, O. (2015). Disinvesting in the city: The role of tax foreclosure in Detroit. Urban Affairs Review, 51(5), 587-615.


Displacement, Housing, Neighborhood change, Real estate, Shrinking cities