The Wilson Center and Urban Studies
Feb 27, 2015
To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016. more
Feb 19, 2015
On January 26, 2015, the top three winning authors of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition presented their work at a seminar sponsored by the Wilson Center in collaboration with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, Cities Alliance. Students were paired with experienced urban professionals who commented on students’ research. more
To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016.
On January 26, 2015, the top three winning authors of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition presented their work at a seminar sponsored by the Wilson Center in collaboration with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, Cities Alliance. Students were paired with experienced urban professionals who commented on students’ research.
There is widespread agreement, and untold publications, that argue urbanization is the defining issue of our time. There are more cities, both large and small, and more people living in those cities than anytime in human history.
"While the government struggles to keep the country’s airways clean, these companies are enabling ordinary Chinese citizens to take environmental health into their own hands," writes Susan Chan Shifflett.
Jan 07, 2015
On the evening of December 30, 2014 -- just as two dozen or so patrons were settling into their seats at a purposefully ramshackle basement theater in central Moscow to watch a film about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine -- police officials and a...
Dec 15, 2014
The rhythmic hip-hop-like chants of protest exploded just as the final curtain came down on the flower-laden ballet dancers and the musi
Dec 15, 2014
Synetic Theater has another hit on its hands with its new production of Beauty and the Beast. “It gives you goosebumps,” writes the website Broadway World; “A lush, almost feverish theatrical experience, impressive to see and satisfying,”...
Dec 05, 2014
More than two decades ago, in 1993, Harvard Government Professor Robert Putnam published his now classic study Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. Trying to answer the question why northern Italian cities developed vibrant...
Oct 31, 2014
Several of the speakers at the recent Meeting of the Minds in Detroit – including Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, together with several foundation and community leaders from Detroit itself — echoed one simple sentiment...
Sep 29, 2014
Just eight years after establishing a powerful military regime that would last 26 decades, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu became so disturbed by a troupe of itinerate actors that he expelled them from his Suruga military base. The group performed in a...
Jul 29, 2014
On a recent pleasant summer evening, my wife and I found ourselves at Washington’s Southwest Waterfront listening to a free sunset concert by one of the fabulous jazz divas of our times, Washington’s Sharón Clark. Sharón, who packs important clubs...
Jul 08, 2014
Communities undergoing gentrification often fail to find ways to talk across the fault lines running among newcomers and old-timers.
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
At the height of the Cold War, Soviet wags loved to tell ironic tales about their political leaders. Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev inspired a number
January 26, 2015 // 1:00pm — 3:30pm
The Urban Sustainability Laboratory of the Wilson Center joins with USAID, International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance and the World Bank to invite you to a seminar on: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion.
January 15, 2015 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
The Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Cisco Systems, and the Meeting of the Minds invites you to a web-exclusive roundtable discussion from telepresence locations in Washington D.C., NYC, Boston, and Mexico City. Please join us by WebEx as participants discuss the role that advanced technology can play in achieving the core objectives of Habitat III. The roundtable will focus on priorities and opportunities that must be addressed by the "New Urban Agenda."
November 19, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In the past few years, natural and manmade disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Boston Marathon bombing have highlighted the growing need for communities and societies to be resilient in the face of unexpected and constantly changing challenges. Join us, the Rockefeller Foundation, Thomas Lovejoy of the UN Foundation, and select authors to discuss how urban communities and industrial enterprises can “survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change and uncertainty.”
This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice.
While experts agree on the importance of affordable housing for the well-being of a city and its residents, confronting the affordable housing shortage has been the subject of much debate and remains one of the top urban policy challenges in the United States today.
This publication, produced by the Urban Sustainability Laboratory together with Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung, highlights the latest in practice and research on the role that social entrepreneurship can play in meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.
Minister for Planning, Development, and Reforms, Government of Pakistan
Allison Garland is program associate for the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory. She served previously as senior program associate in the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, where she worked from 1993-2000. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Garland worked for the American...
Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario