Steven Bourassa

KHC Real Estate Research Professorship

College of Arts and Sciences

Steven C. Bourassa, Ph.D. is endowed professor and director of the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.  He also is founding director of the City Solutions Center.  Formed in 2008, the University of Louisville’s City Solutions Center is a partnership with the Kentucky League of Cities.

The City Solutions Center extends UofL’s urban mission across Kentucky by providing hands-on consulting to help communities engage citizens to define challenges, develop buy-in for solutions and create implementation plans for measurable results. The Center draws upon existing faculty, staff, and student expertise throughout the University of Louisville to provide resources to assist Kentucky’s communities. Locally, Bourassa contributes expertise by serving on the Board of Directors of Louisville’s Center for Neighborhoods.

Among his other administrative roles at UofL, Bourassa was the founding director of the Master of Urban Planning program. He regularly teaches the Capstone Studio in the program.

Bourassa's research interests focus on urban housing and land policy, with an emphasis on issues related to housing and land tenure. Recent publications have explored the impacts of tax policies on home ownership and the use of community land trusts to provide affordable housing.

Bourassa joined the UofL faculty in 1999, after teaching at the University of Auckland, University of Sydney, Australian National University, and Memphis State University.  Immediately prior to joining UofL, he was head of the Department of Property at the University of Auckland.

Bourassa holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.