Graham Sustainability Institute

Margaret Dewar

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  • Arch. and U.P. (Taubman)
    • Urban and Regional Planning

Margaret Dewar is faculty coordinator for the housing, community, and economic development concentration and the faculty director of the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development. Her research is in economic development, urban environmental planning, and urban land use. Her current projects are concerned with remaking cities following abandonment, strengthening deteriorated neighborhoods, and planning across the Great Lakes region. Her projects deal with how planners can address issues facing troubled industries, declining regions, cities with high rates of poverty, and low-income neighborhoods. Dewar teaches courses where students studying for the Master of Urban Planning work with community partners to produce plans that advance the agendas of those partners, principally in Detroit and Flint.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

No PovertyClean Water and SanitationIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and CommunitiesPeace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

Current sustainability courses taught


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Transformation Grants
      • Reviewer
    • Integrated Assessments
      • Detroit Sustainability Indicators IA
        • Team Member
      • Focus: HOPE IA
        • Team Member
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • U-M Large Grants
        • Grant Recipient