Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, has received a 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award to travel to Norway for his project on “The Social Impacts of Heritage Policy: Gentrification and Displacement in Oslo,” the university announced Tuesday. Grevstad-Nordbrock will partner with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research’s Heritage and Society unit “to explore the social impacts of heritage and preservation policy on immigrant neighborhoods in Oslo.” He said this will provide a cross-cultural perspective as most of his work has focused on the U.S. and mainly Chicago. In his Fulbright proposal, he said his work within the field of historic preservation and heritage studies is differentiated by his greater interest on how governmental processes assign meaning to historic buildings and the impact historic designation of buildings has on the community. “I’m less interested in the physical design aspects of preservation than in the social and economic dimensions,” Grevstad-Nordbrock said. “Oftentimes historic designation can drive gentrification and displacement, processes that are highly controversial due to their impacts on disenfranchised groups.” Grevstad-Nordbrock joined the ISU faculty in 2015 and has since helped develop the preservation and cultural heritage graduate certificate program and establish the U.S. Department of State Cultural Heritage Documentation Project.