Eric Goldfischer

My research examines the relationship between green urban development and the visibility of homelessness in cities. Situated in New York City but with global implications, this work centers the shift in development priorities toward what I call ecological development, where projects such as green infrastructure implementation, waterfront revitalization, and linear park creation take precedence in the city’s overall development agenda. I then ask how such a shift impacts the lives of homeless people through the frame of visuality, understanding that urban development and the visibility of homelessness are inextricably connected. In examining these questions, I work closely with Picture the Homeless, a homeless-led organization in New York City. Prior to entering academia, I worked as a housing organizer in the Bronx, where my interest in housing justice and its role in broader urban movements first took flight. I co-founded the Power at the Margins conference, a bi-annual gathering that brings together scholars and activists working for housing justice.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: American Studies, Urban Studies, Macalester College.

Curriculum Vitae

  • From encampments to hotspots : the changing policing of homelessness in New York City: Goldfischer, Eric, Housing Studies, 0 1-18, 2019.
  • 'Peek-A-Boo, We See You Too:' Homelessness and Visuality in New York City: Goldfischer, Eric, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2018. Link
  • The City Is not Innocent: Homelessness and the Value of Urban Parks: Goldfischer, Eric, Jessie Speer, Capitalism Nature Socialism, 0 1-18, 2019.
  • Spatial Technologies of Racialized Knowing: On Visuality, Measurement, and the Law.: Goldfischer, Eric, Robin Wright, Aaron Mallory, Kate Derickson, Edward Elgar, Handbook on the Geographies of Power, 64-80, 2018.
  • Seeing Homelessness in New York City: Goldfischer, Eric, Charmel Lucas, Maria Walles, Society and Space open site, 2018. Link
  • Book Review: The Value of Homelessness by Craig Willse: Goldfischer, Eric, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (4) 890-892, 2016.
  • Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Best Graduate Student Paper Award, 2019
  • Association of American Geographers Dissertation Research Grant, 2019
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP), University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Kenneth J Botto Research Fellowship, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 2018
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Thesis Research Travel Grant , 2018
  • Robert J Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) Dissertation Fellowship, 2018
  • Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, 2017
  • PAGE Graduate Fellowship, Imagining America, 2017 - 2018
  • Darrell Haug Davis Fellowship, UMN Geography Department, 2017