Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Paige Ambord

Dr. Paige Ambord

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Energy Development and Health

Paige Ambord received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Her academic research broadly focuses on urban sociology, community, property, and place. Her dissertation utilized 18 months of participant observation and over 50 interviews to evaluate local perceptions and identify collective action processes around vacant and abandoned commercial and industrial properties. Paige’s ongoing research draws upon these data to identify how residents use legalistic notions of private ownership in their identification of some vacant and abandoned buildings as nuisance properties and not others.

Paige also worked for the City of South Bend on initiatives related to substandard housing, including a citywide lead poisoning testing initiative, which made testing available to every child under the age of seven, evaluated low-cost lead remediation interventions, and provided outreach for federally funded lead remediation grant programs.

Within SPHERE, Paige will draw upon her experience conducting community-based research to identify how residents are connected with healthy homes, resources, and interventions as well as barriers to accessing these resources. She will examine the context for contemporary healthy homes research by analyzing both its historical drivers and social norms about privacy and self-determinacy. 


  • Ph.D. 2021, University of Notre Dame – Sociology
  • M.A. 2017, University of Notre Dame – Sociology
  • B.A. 2014, The College of Wooster – Sociology