Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Dean David T. Ellwood of the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) have announced the appointment of Eric S. Belsky as managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective July 1. Belsky is a nationally recognized scholar with great depth of experience in housing research, teaching, and public policy.
“Eric’s expertise in shaping a rigorous research agenda that is widely accessible to policymakers and practitioners will foster the Center’s ability to advance knowledge and inform public dialogue on the importance of housing in the context of 21st century challenges including urbanism, globalism, sustainability, and affordability,” said Mostafavi.
Belsky has served as executive director of the Joint Center for 12 years, and has held teaching appointments in urban design and public policy at the GSD and HKS. Belsky’s research and writing has focused on housing markets, finance, and policy. He has published numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals, and has co-edited four books. He received his B.A., master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Clark University.
“Eric’s experience working with a broad cross-section of public and private-sector leaders will be a valuable asset to the Center and its constituents, both here at Harvard and externally, where research and policy meet public debate and practice,” said Ellwood.