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Shirley Haruka Bekins

Independent writer/researcher

Urban policyHousing/homelessnessCivic technologyHealth equity

Shirley explores how systems thinking and complexity science can highlight different questions and insights for complex socioeconomic challenges. Shirley researches homelessness, cities, health, and poverty through systems and complexity science frameworks, with a focus on developing agent-based models and systems maps. Shirley is a special projects consultant at the Human Computation Institute. Shirley also works on civic tech/open source data projects and hackathons at Code for America, One Fact Foundation, and INDIGO at Oxford University. Shirley has 20 years of experience developing mixed use affordable housing and healthcare facilities. Shirley has a Master’s in public administration with urban policy specialization from Columbia University.