Cate Irvin

Research director

Cate Irvin is the research director for Metro Ideas Project. She is a doctoral candidate in the City, Culture and Community program at Tulane University and also earned her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University. Her research focuses on three theoretical foci: space, place and identity; social and spatial inequality in the urban context; and urban redevelopment and gentrification.


Ladder leaning against white wall.

Opportunity barriers for Chattanooga youth

Barriers to economic mobility are most acute in the South, where segregation, income inequality, local school quality, and family structure strongly correlate with geographical differences in upward mobility.