Urban Studies Publications

The Challenges of the 21st Century City

Dec 07, 2012
In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of all human beings lived in cities. Although megacities with populations over 10 million, such as Tokyo, Mexico City, and São Paulo, are widely recognized, most urban growth is taking place in so-called medium-size cities of between 1 million and 5 million.This reality changes how policymakers in every sphere can pursue their goals. more

The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

Nov 06, 2012
A white paper on the policy and technology behind the National Broadband Map, an open-source geographic information systems application allowing users to access detailed statistics on internet connectivity. This project demonstrates the value of transparency, collaboration, and cooperation in government projects. more

Urals Pathfinder: Theatre in Post-Soviet Yekaterinburg (2011)

Nov 21, 2011
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #307, 2011. PDF 40 pages. more

Reducing Urban Poverty: A New Generation of Ideas

Nov 01, 2011
Recognizing a need to develop and strengthen urban-focused practitioner and policymaking ties with academia, and disseminate evidence-based development programming, CUSP, USAID's Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance teamed up to co-sponsor a second academic paper competition for graduate students studying urban issues. Six winning papers were selected for this publication to highlight the new research and innovative thinking of the next generation of urban planners, practitioners, and policymakers. more

Finding the Source: Urbanization and Intersectoral Competition for Water

Jul 07, 2011
This article examines the implications of urbanization for intersectoral competition over water, not only in technical or economic terms, but also in terms of political and social dynamics as well as the possibilities to meet the water needs of growing cities. more

Community Resilience: A Cross-Cultural Study

Jul 07, 2011
This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at a December 2008 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore conditions that promote resilience and examine compelling examples of community resilience worldwide. more

Transnational Migration to New Regional Centers: Policy Challenges, Practice, and the Migrant Experience

Jul 07, 2011
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Eurasian Migration Paper #2, 2008. PDF 168 pages. more

Population, Urbanization, Environment, and Security: A Summary of the Issues

Jul 07, 2011
Th author addresses issues including migration to urban centers, the immediate environmental and health impacts of urban pollution on developing country cities, and the link between crime and security. more

PECS News Issue 4 (Summer 2001)

Jul 07, 2011
PECS News Issue 4 features discussions of the 2001 IFAD Rural Poverty Report and the film The Urban Explosion, and an article by Michigan International Development Associate John Williams on integrating population into conservation projects. more

PECS News Issue 3 (Winter 2000)

Jul 07, 2011
PECS News Issue 3 features a report from the Wilson Center's forum on HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, and an article on urban health in megacities by University of Michigan International Development Associate Brian Hubbard. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.