Projects that Received Funding in the Previous Grant Cycle

Saving Black Portland: Reimaging Urban Redevelopment as a Tool for Black Economic Empowerment
Angela Addae, J.D. Phd, Assistant Professor of Law

From Tulsa, Oklahoma to Portland, Oregon, coalitions of Black businesses, also known as “Black Wall Streets”, have long endured racial terrorism, destruction, and displacement. The research will examine the historical and contemporary effects of urban redevelopment on Black businesses in Portland, Oregon.  There are two primary objectives.  First, it seeks to understand the social, political, and organizational infrastructure of the historic Albina District. Secondly, researchers will explore the different pathways through which municipal efforts advance or hinder Black economic growth in pursuit of urban redevelopment goals. The goal is to identify a mutually-beneficial approach    that recognizes the value of public and private contributions, increases transparency and accountability, and promotes economically diverse neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon.

Charitable Giving and Decision Making
Ashley Angulo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Lundquist College of Business
Samuel Park, PhD student in Marketing

When charities make requests via email, flyers, or campaigns, they often add numerical  content, presumably because it communicates their need, what can be accomplished with the funds, or how many people would be aided with the contribution. This research will test consumer behavior and charitable giving decision-making at the individual     consumer level and will include testing interventions to increase charitable donations to local Oregon       organizations.
Whose Consumer Complaints are Taken Seriously?
Sanjay Srivastava, Professor, Psychology Department
Bradley Hughes, GTF, Psychology Department

 A growing body of research suggests that in a variety of interpersonal settings, people may be stereotyped and treated differently as a function of their socioeconomic status (SES).  This research will test if the SES-based stereotypes shape the responses Oregonians receive when they talk about their experiences as consumers. Differential treatment has the potential to compound the effect of economic inequality, making this and increasingly important issue of equity an justice for Oregon consumers. As part of the process, the results from this project will be published.
Toward a Comprehensive Data Privacy Law for Oregonians
Bryce Clayton Newell, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy, School of Journalism and Communication

In the last few years, there has been a renewed push toward enacting more comprehensive forms of consumer and data privacy legislation in the United States. This research will be focused on data privacy legislation in the United States and in Europe. This project is responsive to three types of consumer-related research: legal research, policy research, and community impacts. It will result in the publication of multiple academic papers and a public report that will include policy recommendations and model statutory language designed to inform the development of comprehensive data privacy legislation here in Oregon.
Law Reform to Protect Low-Income and BIPOC Consumers in Oregon
Tom Lininger, Professor of Law

Revising attorneys’ ethical codes is a new frontier for consumer protection. This project focuses on two topics of vital importance to the low-income, black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in Oregon.  For the first project, attention will focus on two categories of the rules of evidence -- those governing evidentiary privileges and impeachment of witnesses -- which currently do not adequately protect low-income and BIPOC communities in Oregon and throughout the U.S.  The second project will examine lawyers’ involvement in clients’ mistreatment of consumers, especially those who are historical marginalized.  At the conclusion of each project, there will be recommendations for legal reforms that Oregon could adopt.  The proposals will be in a form that will allow easy adoption by bar officials in Oregon and elsewhere.
Feeling Watched:  How Customers Respond when Tip Selections are Visible to Employees and Other Patrons
Nathan Warren, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Marketing, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon
Robert P. Booth Associate Professor of Marketing
Sara Hanson, Assistant Professor of Marketing

The introduction of digital point-of-sale technologies into consumer services, such as quick-service restaurants and food trucks, dramatically changed the ways that consumers tip employees. Where customers previously may have left a small amount of change in a jar or not even known that tipping was an option, customers today are frequently prompted to select a tip amount on a digital screen. Importantly, these new digital tipping screens are often mounted so that they may be observed, or at least customers may feel they are being observed, by the employees who are serving them and by other nearby customers. The concern is that the observability of digital tipping screens puts pressure on consumers, who may respond to increasing observability by tipping more than they would otherwise.  This research will help to understand how the increasing observability of tip selections is affecting consumers.