Eugenie L. Birch

Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Co-Director, PennIUR

Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education
Chair of the Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning


Eugénie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is the Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. She is the founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and co-editor of Penn Press’s The City in the 21st Century series. Dr.Birch’s most recent publications include Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work (2016), co-edited with Susan Wachter and Shohana Chattaraj, Global Urbanization  (2011), co-edited with Susan Wachter, Women’s Health and the World’s Cities  (2011), co-edited with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter, and Neighborhoods and Life Chances, How Place Matters (2011) co-edited with Susan Wachter and Harriet Newberger). Dr. Birch has served as editor, Journal of the American Planning Association, chair, Planning Accreditation Board, president, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) and the International Planning History Society (IPHS).  Her awards include: Lawrence C. Gerkens Award in Planning History (SACRPH), Jay Chatterjee Award, Margarita McCoy Award and Distinguished Educator Award (ACSP). Dr. Birch has served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission and of the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site. She is currently chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign and president of its special initiative, the General Assembly of Partners toward Habitat III. Dr. Birch, who lives in New York City, holds a PhD and Master in Urban Planning from Columbia University and an A.B. cum laude in History and Latin American Affairs from Bryn Mawr College. 

Selected Publications

Birch, Eugénie L. 2013. Anchor Institutions and their Megaregional Influence. In Revitalizing America’s Cities, chapter 11, Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Birch, Eugénie L. and Amy Lynch. 2012. Measuring U.S. Urban Sustainability. In Moving to Sustainable Prosperity, State of the World 2012, 77-86, The Worldwatch Institute. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Birch, Eugénie L. 2012. Cities, People and Processes as Case Studies in Urban Planning. In Oxford Handbook on Urban Planning, 259-284, Rachel Weber and Randall Crane, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

Birch, Eugénie L. 2012. Living Downtown in the Twenty-first Century: Past Trends and Future Policy Concerns. In Community Livability: Issues and Approaches to Sustaining the Well-being of People and Communities, 127-158, Fritz Wagner and Roger Caves, eds. New York: Routledge.

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