Events

Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development

May 28, 2013 // 2:00pm4:30pm
Authors present original research on metropolitan governance in Brazil Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela.

Africa: Agriculture, Structural Change and the Urban Imperative

May 22, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Panelists will examine how African nations can manage structural and spatial change to broaden economic growth.
Webcast

Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World

May 14, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
The Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project is pleased to present the launch of Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World.
Webcast

Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South: Innovations in Development Aid

March 12, 2013 // 9:00am5:00pm
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, will provide a keynote address on development aid and social entrepreneurship. Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will discuss leveraging the private sector's pivotal role in development. Leading scholars and practitioners will examine the role that social entrepreneurship can play in empowering the poor.

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

February 26, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Professor Sonia Hirt will present research on the recent physical changes in the built environment of Belgrade and Sofia.
Webcast

Recovery, Reconstruction and Renewal: What It Takes to Build Back Better in Haiti

January 10, 2013 // 9:00am12:00pm
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, an already impoverished and vulnerable nation, killing over 220,000 people and leaving 1.6 million internally displaced. Despite the challenges in the reconstruction process, positive signs of recovery and progress are emerging throughout Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.

Participatory Democracy and Public Housing

December 03, 2012 // 9:00am12:30pm
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?
Webcast

Climate, Youth, and Land Markets in Urban Areas: A Policy Workshop

November 02, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
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.

The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age

July 25, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Cities define us. They shape the outlooks, opportunities and lives of over half of the world’s population. Yet most contemporary political thought neglects their role. The Ancient Greeks, by contrast, thought that every city had its own ethos and values that helped to determine its institutions, political systems and the lives of its citizens. Daniel Bell thinks it is time to revive the thinking of the Greeks and rediscover the spirit of cities.

Urbanization and Growth on a Finite Planet ***Webinar***

June 26, 2012 // 1:15pm2:45pm
Shifting populations are leading to new challenges and opportunities for cities. Join us for a free webinar series, “Urbanization and Growth on a Finite Planet,” which will introduce a host of challenges faced by cities in light of climate change. This first session will feature partner organizations’ current urbanization projects and present overarching research questions on the effects of climate change that are of particular concern to cities. ***online event only***

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Experts & Staff

  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
  • Allison Garland // Program Associate, Urban Sustainability Laboratory
  • Thea Cooke // Program Assistant
  • Gabor Demszky // Global Fellow