The City of Austin’s demographer to discuss U.S. Census data on opportunity in Austin, April 14, 2011

Ryan Robinson, the City of Austin’s Demographer, will present his analysis of the latest U.S. Census data for Austin and what it means for historically disadvantaged groups in the region. Robinson will explore current and future trends caused by Austin’s rapidly changing demographics and population growth patterns, including how the poor continue to fall behind. The session, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Law School on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 pm in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111).

Robinson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. After working with the Texas General Land Office, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Georgia in the field of urban geography and spatial demographics. He began his demographic career as an enrollment forecaster and boundary planner for a large suburban school system in Atlanta during the mid-1980s. Robinson moved to the City of Austin as a demographer in the early 1990s and has directed the city’s demographics program since 1995. His current professional interests include data mapping and interpretation, population change, and the rise of socioeconomic inequality.

The event is presented by the UT Opportunity Forum, the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School, and the Center for Sustainable Development at the School of Architecture.

The UT Opportunity Forum is an interdisciplinary group with a shared interest in expanding equitable opportunities in Texas, with a focus on affordable housing, community planning, economic development, education, and transportation. Members of the UT Opportunity Forum work to provide government and community leaders with tools to de-concentrate poverty, increase low-income individuals’ access to economic opportunity, and promote local and regional strategies for equitable growth through public education forums, research initiatives, and experiential learning opportunities.

Contact: Heather Way, Director, Community Development Clinic, University of Texas School of Law, 512-232-1210

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