Urban Studies Events

Africa: Agriculture, Structural Change and the Urban Imperative

May 22, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Panelists will examine how African nations can manage structural and spatial change to broaden economic growth.
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Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin

May 20, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
This book examines how, beginning under Khrushchev in 1953, a generation of Soviet citizens moved from the overcrowded communal dwellings of the Stalin era to modern single-family apartments, later dubbed khrushchevka. Arguing that moving to a separate apartment allowed ordinary urban dwellers to experience Khrushchev’s thaw, Steven E. Harris fundamentally shifts interpretation of the thaw, conventionally understood as an elite phenomenon.

A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’

April 10, 2013 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
The forced migration of Muslims from the Balkans to Turkey is one of the least known movements of people in modern times. In "A Muslim Tale of Two Cities" Frances Trix focuses on urban Muslims from the central Balkans and the hometown associations they founded in Turkish cities.

Landscapes of Post-Modernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of Belgrade and Sofia since 1990

February 26, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Professor Sonia Hirt will present research on the recent physical changes in the built environment of Belgrade and Sofia.
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The World at 7 Billion: Building a Sustainable Future

December 05, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
Jack Goldstone (George Mason University) is joined by Suzanne Ehlers (Population Action International) and Matthew Erdman (USAID) to discuss the implications of seven billion people and counting for the environment in the final 2012 installment of the joint Wilson Center-George Mason University Managing the Planet series.
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Participatory Democracy and Public Housing

December 03, 2012 // 9:00am12:30pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
A panel of experts discuss the latest research on the benefits of participatory democracy. Is it possible to apply lessons learned from global experiences in participatory governance to public housing in the U.S. so that residents can help determine and thereby improve their own living environments?
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Climate, Youth, and Land Markets in Urban Areas: A Policy Workshop

November 02, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Recognizing a need to strengthen the ties between urban policymaking and scholarly work on urban development, and to disseminate evidence-based programming, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank co-sponsored a third annual academic paper competition, "Reducing Urban Poverty." Join us in a discussion with four of the winning authors as they receive commentary on their work by expert practitioners from the field.

Labor Protest and Political Change in Putin’s Russia

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics and Chair, Russian & East European Studies, Oberlin College, and former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
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Labor Migration in Eurasia: Links to Global Migration and Human Security Trends

September 21, 2012 // 9:00am5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Using a comparative approach to incorporate research initiatives into a global context can make a significant contribution to the current understanding of migration. In partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute will host leading specialists on migration issues from Russia and the United States to discuss their most recent work, as well as share preliminary findings from research supported by the National Science Foundation. This research was conducted as part of the MINERVA initiative grant “People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” led by Cynthia Buckley, Beth Mitchneck, and Blair Ruble.
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Green Urbanization in Asia

August 29, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The number of people moving into Asian cities is historically unprecedented. Millions of people are rapidly migrating into the cities, and the number of megacities and areas with extremely high population densities is rising. This trend is expected to continue as a relatively low share of Asia's population still lives in urban areas. Download the report or read a summary of the event here!

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