Julia Barnard

Research Associate
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Research associate Julia Barnard assists with the center’s work in consumer financial services, affordable housing, communications, and outreach.


  • Community-based neighborhood development strategies
  • Publishing, editing, and writing
  • Community engagement


  • M.C.R.P., 2016, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., 2012, History, University of Kansas

About Julia Barnard

In her role as a Research Associate, Julia has worked as an editor for the forthcoming book, A Place Called Home: The Social Dimensions of Homeownership, which will be published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. She is also the facilitator of the Center’s Fellowship Program for graduate students.

While in graduate school at UNC, Julia also served as an Editor for the Carolina Planning Journal from 2014-2016. Before moving to North Carolina, Julia worked as a community organizer for the Texas Hillel Foundation and with Fusebox Festival’s thinkEAST project, a mixed-income, mixed-use development in Austin, Texas. She earned her B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Kansas in history and her M.C.R.P. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Weiss Urban Livability Fellow and was the 2016 recipient of the Weiss Best Colleague Award.


The UNC Center for Community Capital conducts research and policy analysis on ways to make financial services work better for more people and communities.


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