Evictions, Moratoriums and Rent Relief



Tim Thomas

Research Training Lead, Berkeley Computational Social Science Training Program, Research Director, Urban Displacement Project at IGS & CCI

Tim Thomas is a postdoctoral scholar and research director at the Urban Displacement Project specializing in urban sociology, demography, and data science. His research focuses on how neighborhood change, housing, and displacement affects household socioeconomic stratification and mobility by race and gender in the United States. His research at the UDP centers on developing an open-source neighborhood typology on displacement and gentrification as well as a national housing precarity risk model measured through the risk of eviction, displacement, unemployment, and COVID-19 infection. Tim is also the Principal Investigator for the Evictions Study, a multi-metropolitan analysis on the neighborhood drivers of eviction using census data and text mining court records. Tim's research agenda is marked by an intellectual foundation in policy-relevant research operationalized through civic and academic collaborations that address real-world problems and advances scholarly research. In 2019, his team's work on evictions provided empirical evidence that helped pass several tenant protections laws in Washington State and Baltimore City. In 2021, his research on evictions informed the CDC eviction moratorium and HUD strategies on data collection.