Kate Cooney, B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.
Kate Cooney is a Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise and Management at the Yale School of Management. She has Ph.D. and MSW from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She grew up in Washington DC in the 1970s and 1980s. The stark economic differences between neighborhoods in the D.C. of that era inspired a deep interest and curiosity about cities, inequality, racial injustice and American history as it pertains to current urban landscapes. Professor Cooney teaches classes at Yale on social enterprise and nonprofit management, and on urban poverty and inclusive economic development in the United States. Current work focuses on the welfare outputs of new social business legal forms, power and inequality in urban governance networks, and inclusive economic development strategies in the American city. She is the founder of the Inclusive Economic Development Lab at the Yale School of Management and the CitySCOPE podcast.
Housing Connecticut: Developing Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
In this inaugural interdisciplinary clinic taught between the School of Architecture, School of Law, and School of Management, and organized by the Yale Urban Design Workshop, students will gain hands-on, practical experience in architectural and urban design, development and social entrepreneurship while contributing novel solutions to the housing affordability crisis. Working in teams directly with local community-based non-profits, students will co-create detailed development proposals anchored by affordable housing, but which also engage with a range of community development issues including environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, social equity, identity, food scarcity, mobility, and health. Through seminars and workshops with Yale faculty and guest practitioners in the field, students will be introduced to the history, theory, issues, and contemporary practices in this field, and will get direct feedback on their work. Offered in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) as part of the Connecticut Plan for Healthy Cities, proposals will have the opportunity to receive funding from the State both towards the implementation of rapidly deployed pilot projects during the course period, as well as towards predevelopment activities for larger projects, such as housing rehabilitation or new building construction. Students will interact with the Connecticut Commissioner of Housing and the Connecticut Green Bank.
Projected Enrollment: 12 Architecture, 6 Law, 6 Management