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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

Brian Spooner

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Professor in Anthropology

Penn Museum Curator for Near Eastern Ethnology

About

Brian Spooner is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Curator for Near Eastern Ethnology in the Penn Museum. He is a social anthropologist who studies the role of cities in the history of globalization, with special reference to the Middle East and Central Asia. His major research activities have been in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, where he has focused on urban investment in irrigation engineering and, more recently, on the relationship between literacy and the growth and proliferation of cities. His current project deals with changing modes of social interaction in non-Western global cities. He served as Chair of the Anthropology Graduate Group at Penn from 1985-1988, as Director of the Middle East Center from 1986-1995, as Co-Director of the Lauder Institute 2010-2012, and as Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology from 2014-2017. Spooner is also the Consulting Editor for Encyclopaedia Iranica at Columbia University.

Selected Publications

Spooner, Brian, ed. 2015. Globalization: The Crucial Phase. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Spooner, Brian. 2013. “Investment and Translocality. Recontextualizing the Baloch in Islamic and Global History.” In Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series No. 14.

Spooner, Brian and Harold F. Schiffman, eds. 2012. Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors. Leiden: Brill.

Spooner, Brian and William L. Hanaway, eds. 2012. Literacy in the Persianate World: Writing and the Social Order. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

Spooner, Brian and William L. Hanaway. 2007. Reading Nasta'liq: Persian and Urdu Hands 1500 to the Present, 2nd edition. Costa Mesa CA: Mazda Publications. 

Fellow

Joseph Su

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Inspector, Department of National Spatial Planning and Development, National Development Council of Taiwan

About

Dr. Yu-Shou Su is an Inspector in the Department of National Spatial Planning and Development, National Development Council in Taiwan.  Dr. Su is in charge of Taiwan's national spatial development policy.  His major fields of study are environmental resilience, rebuild policies, and urban flood resilience, with a specialization in urban flood analysis, simulation, and policy in Asian cities.  He was awarded Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Selected Publications

Yu-Shou Su, (2017) "Rebuild, retreat or resilience: urban flood vulnerability analysis and simulation in Taipei", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 8 Issue: 02, pp.110-122, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-11-2015-0055

Yu-Shou Su, (2016) "Doctoral abstract(Rebuild, Retreat, Or Resilience: Can Taipei Plan for Resilience?)", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 7 Issue: 3, pp.313-314,https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-02-2016-0006  Available at IJDRBE: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJDRBE-02-2016-0006

Yu-Shou Su, (2016) “Urban Flood Resilience in New York City, London, Randstad, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Taipei”, Journal of Management and Sustainability, Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2016 Available at JMS: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jms/article/view/55955

Yu-Shou Su, (2016) “Discourse, Strategy, and Practice of Urban Resilience against Flooding”, Business and Management Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2016. Available at BMS: http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/bms/article/view/1348 ;

Yu-Shou Su, (2016) “Urban Flood Resilience: A Chronology of Policies to Prevent Flooding in Taipei”, International Journal of Development Research, Vol. 6, Issue 2, February 2016. Available at IJDR: http://www.journalijdr.com/urban-flood-resilience-chronology-policies-prevent-flooding-taipei

Yu-Shou Su, (2015) “Taiwan Vulnerability Analysis: A Comparative Study with Japan, China, U.S.A., U.K., France, and the Netherlands”. Journal of Management and Sustainability, Vol. 5, No. 4, December 2015. Available at JMS: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jms/article/view/55360

Yu-Shou Su, (2015) “Urban Resilience to Flooding in Asia's Vulnerable Cities: Shanghai, Dhaka, Tokyo, and Taipei”. Social Science Research Network (SSRN), Urban Research E-Journal, Social Science Electronic Publishing, New York. Available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2684617

Fellow

Sameh Naguib Wahba

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Acting Director, Urban Development and Resilience Department, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

About

Sameh Wahba is Sector Manager, Urban Development and Resilience Unit, World Bank, where he is responsible for the Bank’s urban policy, strategy, and analytics at the global level. Prior to this position, Wahba was the Brazil Sector Leader of the Sustainable Development Department at the World Bank’s Latin America and the Caribbean Region, where he was responsible for coordinating the bank’s investment program and policy advisory/analytical services in Brazil in the areas of urban development, infrastructure, disaster risk management, and social development, as well as coordinating the bank’s portfolio in several states including Sao Paulo. Since joining the World Bank in 2004, he has worked on urban development, housing, and infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa Regions. While at the World Bank, he has managed numerous investment and technical assistance activities related to housing, land and urban upgrading policy, infrastructure, local economic development, municipal/urban development issues, and disaster risk management in several countries. Prior to joining the bank, he worked at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam and at the Harvard Center for Urban Development Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Selected Publications

Wahba, Sameh Naguib. 2003. From Land Distribution to Integrated Development: The Evolution and Impact of Shelter and Poverty Alleviation Policies in Marginalized Settlements in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Cambridge: Harvard University.

Faculty Fellow

Richard Weller

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Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism

Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture

About

Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design. Throughout his career he has worked simultaneously as an academic and a consultant specializing in the formative stages of projects ranging from gardens to plazas, memorials, museums, suburbs and waterfronts. He is former director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 and the Australian Urban Design Research Center. His research projects have involved scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations. His current research concerns urbanization in the world’s biodiversity hotspots. In over 30 years practice he has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design. He has published 4 books and over 90 single-authored papers. Weller sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington and is the founder and Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+. A devoted teacher, he was honored with an Australian National Teaching Award in 2012 for “sustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems.” He teaches in three subject areas: advanced design studios at all scales, urban design history and theory, and historical and contemporary ideas of Nature. Weller’s designs, research and writing can be found here.

Selected Publications

Weller, Richard. 2017. “Atlas for the End of the World.” http://atlas-for-the-end-of-the-world.com/.

Weller, Richard. 2014. “Stewardship now? Reflections on Landscape Architecture's raison d'être in the 21st century.” Landscape Journal 33(2).

Weller, Richard. 2013. Made in Australia: The Future of Australian Cities. UWA Publishing.

Weller, Richard. 2009. Boomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City. UWA Publishing.

Weller, Richard. 2005. Room 4.1.3: Innovations in Landscape Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Faculty Fellow

Richard Wesley

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Adjunct Professor, Undergraduate Chair

About

Richard Wesley is Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Undergraduate Chair of Architecture in the School of Design. He teaches undergraduate senior architectural design studios and the senior theory seminar on cultural ecology. He also teaches the design fundamentals studio for the Integrated Product Design program, a joint program offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Design, and the Wharton Business School. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Notre Dame, and Harvard. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Design Fellowship, and principal of Wesley Architects in Philadelphia, PA. Wesley’s publications on architectural theory have appeared in Architecture Monograph, Harvard Architecture Review, Rassegna, VIA, RES, and Harvard Design Magazine. 

Selected Publications

Wesley, Richard. 2014. “Edenic Affinities.” In Critical Juncture, edited by Louise Noelle Gras and Sara Topelson. Mexico City: Docomomo México and Universidad Iberoamericana.

Wesley, Richard. 2017. “Villa Savoye—Building on a Clear Horizon.” In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the History of Architecture, edited by Harry Malgrave. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Wesley, Richard. 2012. “Robert Le Ricolais and the Search for Automorphic Structure." Via Books 2: 56-73.

Wesley, Richard. 2011. “Living and Working in Paradise.” In The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture, edited by Renata Hejduk and Jim Williamson. New York: Routledge.

Penn IUR Scholar

Kathleen Wolf

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Research Social Scientist, College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

About

Kathleen Wolf is Research Social Scientist in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Wolf’s studies are based on the fundamental principles of environmental psychology; her professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns. Her research into the human dimensions of open space, urban forestry, and natural systems explores the costs, benefits, and potential ecosystem services of nearby nature. Studies have included perceptions of urban forestry in retail and commercial districts, the integration of urban nature and transportation systems, the human health and wellness benefits associated with the experience of nature, and effective integration of science and policy through technology transfer. She has collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station to develop a program on urban natural resources stewardship, and is a research advisor to the TKF Foundation. An overview of Wolf's research programs can be found at http://www.naturewithin.info; additional research findings on Green Cities: Good Health are at http://www.greenhealth.washington.edu.

Selected Publications

Wolf, K.L. 2014. Greening the City for Health. Communities & Banking, 25(1): 10-12.

Wolf, K.L. 2014. City Trees and Consumer Response in Retail Business Districts. In Handbook of Research on Retailer-Consumer Relationship Development, F. Musso, and E. Druica, eds. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Wolf, K. L. 2013. Why Do We Need Trees? Let's Talk About Ecosystem Services. Arborist News, 22(4): 32-35.

Wolf, Kathleen. 2012. Economics of City Trees. Sitelines: Landscape Architecture in British Columbia, October: 14-17.

Wolf, K. L., and L.E. Kruger. 2010. Urban Forestry Research Needs: A Participatory Assessment Process. Journal of Forestry, 108(1): 39-44.

Wolf, K. L. 2008. Metro Nature Services: Functions, Benefits and Values, 294-315. In Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, S.M. Wachter and E.L. Birch, eds.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Penn IUR Scholar

Laura Wolf-Powers

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Research Fellow, Center on Human Environments, City University of New York Graduate Center

About

Laura Wolf-Powers is a Research Fellow with the Center on Human Environments at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania (2008-2015) and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (2002-2007), and from 2005-2007, she also chaired the graduate programs in planning, environmental management and historic preservation at Pratt Institute. Her work, which focuses on the institutional politics of neighborhood and city redevelopment and on the influence of policy interventions on metropolitan labor markets, has been published in leading city planning and urban studies journals.  She is currently working on The Good Neighborhood: Community Development since the Mortgage Crisis, a book that draws on case studies in Philadelphia and Newark to understand the conflicted state of community revitalization efforts in the United States since the deflation of the housing bubble in 2008. 

Selected Publications

Wolf-Powers, Laura. "Community benefits agreements and local government: A review of recent evidence." Journal of the American Planning Association 76.2 (2010): 141-159.

Nelson, Marla, and Laura Wolf-Powers. "Chains and ladders: exploring the opportunities for workforce development and poverty reduction in the hospital sector." Economic Development Quarterly (2009).

Wolf-Powers, Laura. "9 Keeping counterpublics alive in planning1." Searching for the just city: Debates in urban theory and practice (2009): 161.

Wolf-Powers, Laura. "Expanding Planning's Public Sphere: STREET Magazine, Activist Planning, and Community Development in Brooklyn, New York, 1971-1975." Journal of Planning Education and Research (2008).

Wolf-Powers, Laura. "Up-Zoning New York City's Mixed-Use Neighborhoods Property-Led Economic Development and the Anatomy of a Planning Dilemma." Journal of Planning Education and Research 24.4 (2005): 379-393.

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