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Dr. Phil Nyden Bio

Nyden is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago.   CURL is a non-traditional research center at that involves community partners in all stages of research from conceptualization and research design to data analysis and report dissemination. Much of Nyden’s work utilizes this collaborative university-community methodological approach; he has written extensively on this subject.  Among his publications are: Public Sociology: Research, Action and Change (Pine Forge Press, just published);   Building Community: Social Science in Action, (Pine Forge Press, 1997); and "Collaborative Research: Harnessing the Tensions Between Researcher and Practitioner" which appeared in The American Sociologist.  Nyden has done substantial research on what produces stable racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities in the U.S. and is currently working on a follow-up to a 1998 national, nine-city study funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and published as a dedicated issue of HUD’s policy journal, Cityscape. He is involved in activist researcher networks linking community-based research across regional and national boundaries. Nyden is part of a founding group of the Jesuit Research Action Network, bringing together community-engaged researchers at Jesuit colleges and universities. With colleagues at the University of Technology Sydney Shopfront (Australia) and CURL, he co-edits a peer-reviewed journal, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement.