Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

PhD Student and Research Associate


civic and community engagement, economic development, housing and homelessness, international social work/global practice, leadership and organizations, marginalized populations, poverty, social innovation and entrepreneurship, social justice, technology

Professional Biography

Jennifer Wilson is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Social Work. Her research interests center around the role of social innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing poverty, with a focus on the issue of homelessness. This includes design thinking and human-centered design as creative and end user-focused approaches to novel solution generation. She is currently a Research Associate with the Center for Housing & Homelessness Research, studying tiny home communities addressing homelessness, safe parking for individuals sleeping in vehicles and trauma-informed design in the built environment. Previously, she served as a Fellow with the Barton Institute for Community Action at the University of Denver as well as the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society at the University of Southern California. For a number of years, she worked with individuals and families experiencing homelessness and adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Wilson earned an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.


  • MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MBA, University of Denver

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