Rebecca J. Walter

Rebecca J. Walter

Windermere Endowed Chair and Associate Professor, Runstad Department of Real Estate

Rebecca J. Walter is an Associate Professor and Windermere Endowed Chair in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. Dr. Walter’s research is focused on policy innovation in low-income housing. She emphasizes a spatial analytical approach to examine how housing policies either expand opportunity or perpetuate inequality for low-income households. Most of her work is applied as it involves direct engagement with public housing authorities and non-profit housing providers. Dr. Walter also collaborates with criminologists to study spatial-temporal crime patterns across various types of land uses, housing developments, and commercial real estate. She examines real estate and urban planning variables (e.g., private investment, community and economic development initiatives, vacant lots, business activity) and changes in crime over time at the micro-scale (properties and street segments) to help inform policies that support the greatest crime reduction benefits.



Walter, R. J., Acolin, A., & Tillyer, M. S. (2024). Association between property investments and crime on commercial and residential streets: Implications for maximizing public safety benefits. SSM - Population Health, 25, 101537–101537. View Publication


Khan, A. S., Aurand, A., Hamideh, S., Vickery, J., Walter, R. J., & Errett, N. A. (2023). Assessing the roles and responsibilities of public housing authorities in state-level disaster plans. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 98, 104074–. View Publication

Arthur Acolin & Rebecca J. Walter (2023) Mortgage Loan Costs: Magnitude and Drivers of Variation, Housing Policy Debate, DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2023.2236984 View Publication

Walter, R. J., Tillyer, M. S., Ramiller, A., & Acolin, A. (2023). Scaling Down from the Neighborhood in Urban Planning Research and Practice: The Potential Benefits of a Micro-Scale Focus. Journal of Planning Education and Research. View Publication


Acolin, Arthur; Colburn, Gregg; Walter, Rebecca J. (2022). How Do Single-family Homeowners Value Residential And Commercial Density? It Depends. Land Use Policy, 113. View Publication

Ramiller, Alex; Acolin, Arthur; Walter, Rebecca J.; Wang, Ruoniu. (2022). Moving to Shared Equity: Locational Outcomes for Households in Shared Equity Homeownership Programs. Housing Studies, 44586. View Publication

Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Acolin, Arthur; Walter, Rebecca J. (2022). Place-based Improvements for Public Safety: Private Investment, Public Code Enforcement, and Changes in Crime at Microplaces across Six U.S. Cities. Jq: Justice Quarterly, 44592. View Publication

Walter, Rebecca J.; Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Acolin, Arthur. (2022). Spatiotemporal Crime Patterns across Six US Cities: Analyzing Stability and Change in Clusters and Outliers. Journal Of Quantitative Criminology. View Publication


Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Wilcox, Pamela; Walter, Rebecca J. (2021). Crime Generators In Context: Examining 'place In Neighborhood' Propositions. Journal Of Quantitative Criminology, 37(2), 517 - 546. View Publication

Walter, Rebecca J.; Caudy, Michael; Galvan Salcido, Christine; Ray, James; Viglione, Jill. (2021). Exploring Post-incarceration Residential Trajectories: Indicators Of Housing Stability During The Re-entry Process. Housing, Theory & Society, 38(3), 300 - 319. View Publication

Hess, Chris; Acolin, Arthur; Walter, Rebecca; Kennedy, Ian; Chasins, Sarah; Crowder, Kyle. (2021). Searching For Housing In The Digital Age: Neighborhood Representation On Internet Rental Housing Platforms Across Space, Platform, And Metropolitan Segregation. Environment And Planning A-economy And Space, 53(8), 2012 - 2032. View Publication

Costa, Ana; Sass, Victoria; Kennedy, Ian; Roy, Roshni; Walter, Rebecca J.; Acolin, Arthur; Crowder, Kyle; Hess, Chris; Ramiller, Alex; Chasins, Sarah. (2021). Toward A Cross-platform Framework: Assessing The Comprehensiveness Of Online Rental Listings. Cityscape, 23(2), 327 - 339. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Ramiller, Alex; Walter, Rebecca J; Thompson, Samantha; Wang, Ruoniu. (2021). Transitioning To Homeownership: Asset Building For Low- And Moderate-income Households. Housing Policy Debate, 31(6), 1032 - 1049. View Publication


Salcido, Christine Galvan; Ray, James V.; Caudy, Michael; Viglione, Jill; Walter, Rebecca J. (2019). Associations Between Psychopathic Traits and Readiness for Change: An Exploratory Analysis. Personality And Individual Differences, 141, 86 - 91. View Publication

Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Walter, Rebecca J. (2019). Busy Businesses and Busy Contexts: The Distribution and Sources of Crime at Commercial Properties. Journal Of Research In Crime & Delinquency, 56(6), 816 - 850. View Publication

Hess, Christian; Walter, Rebecca J.; Acolin, Arthur; Chasins, Sarah. (2019). Comparing Small Area Fair Market Rents With Other Rental Measures Across Diverse Housing Markets. Cityscape, 21(3), 159 - 186. View Publication

Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Walter, Rebecca J. (2019). Low-income Housing And Crime: The Influence Of Housing Development And Neighborhood Characteristics. Crime & Delinquency, 65(7), 969 - 993. View Publication

Walter, Rebecca J.; Caine, Ian. (2019). The Geographic And Sociodemographic Transformation Of Multifamily Rental Housing In The Texas Triangle. Housing Studies, 34(5), 804 - 826. View Publication


Walter, Rebecca J. (2018). Consolidating Zip Codes For Small Area Fair Market Rents: A Method For Implementing The New Rule. Housing Policy Debate, 28(4), 553 - 571. View Publication

Cordoba, Hilton A.; Walter, Rebecca J.; Foote, Nathan S. (2018). The Residential Segregation of San Antonio, Texas in 1910: An Analysis of Ethno-racial and Occupational Spatial Patterns with the Colocation Quotient. Urban Geography, 39(7), 988 - 1017. View Publication