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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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Fellow

Abha Joshi-Ghani

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Director, Knowledge Exchange and Learning, The World Bank, Washington, DC

Areas of Interest

    About

    Abha Joshi-Ghani is the Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning (LLIKL) at the Leadership, Learning and Innovation Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Before joining LLI she headed the World Bank’s Global Urban Development Practice where she oversaw the World Bank's work on Urban Policy and Strategy and Knowledge and Learning. She was also the Head of the Global Urbanization Knowledge Platform, a multi- partner initiative of the World Bank until 2012. She led the World Bank's Urban Strategy in 2010. 

    Ms. Joshi-Ghani is the Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Urbanization of the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book "Rethinking Cities" with Professor Edward Glaeser.  She has worked primarily on infrastructure finance and urban development at the World Bank. Her regional experience in the World Bank includes South and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

    Selected Publications

    Glaeser, Edward; Joshi-Ghani, Abha. 2013. The Urban Imperative: Toward Shared Prosperity. World Bank, Washington, DC. 

     

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Devesh Kapur

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    Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor

    Director of Asia Programs

    About

    Devesh Kapur is Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor and Director of Asia Programs for Johns Hopkins University. He is formerly the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India and Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to arriving at Penn, Kapur was Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries, especially India. 

    Selected Publications

    Kapur, Devesh, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav, eds. 2017. Rethinking Public Institutions in India. Oxford University Press.

    Kapur, Devesh, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, eds. 2017. Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education. Orient BlackSwan.

    Chakravorty, Sanjoy, Devesh Kapur, Nirvikar Singh. 2016. The Other One Percent: Indians in America. Oxford University Press.

    Kapur, Devesh, D. Shyam Babu, and Chandra Bhan Prasad. 2014. Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs.  Random House India. 

    Kapur, Devesh. 2010. Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India. Princeton University Press.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Chaeri Kim

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    Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

    About

    Chaeri Kim is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on sustainable design. Prior to coming to the University of Pennslyvania, she worked at an architectural design firm and as a real estate investment analyst. She received her Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University and her B.A. in English Literature, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
    Penn IUR Scholar

    Christian Krohn-Hansen

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    Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

    About

    Christian Krohn-Hansen is Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo in Norway. Krohn-Hansen is currently the department’s Vice Chair and Head of the doctoral program. He also is a member of the steering committee of the interdisciplinary research area Livelihoods in Developing Countries (LEVE) at the university and a member of the advisory board of Ethnos. Krohn-Hansen’s research interests include the anthropology of politics, economic anthropology, urban ethnography, and regional and international migration and span the Caribbean, Latin America, and New York. He has performed long-term fieldwork in the southwestern Dominican Republic in close proximity to the border with Haiti, and in northeastern Colombia. 

    Selected Publications

    Krohn-Hansen, Christian. 2015. “Political Anthropology.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition), James D. Wright, ed. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.

    Krohn-Hansen, Christian. 2013. Making New York Dominican: Small Business, Politics, and Everyday Life. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Krohn-Hansen, Christian. 2007. “The Understanding of Migration and the Discourse of Nationalism: Dominicans in New York City.” In Holding Worlds Together: Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging, 77-102, Marianne Lien and Marit Melhuus, eds.. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

    Faculty Fellow

    Lynn Hollen Lees

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    Professor of History Emeritus

    About

    Lynn Hollen Lees is Professor of History Emeritus, having retired in 2013 from her position as Vice Provost for Faculty after serving for several years as co-director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Her teaching was primarily in the fields of British history, European social history, and world history. She has spent time as an exchange Professor at University College London, Catholic University of Leuven, and the University of Diponegoro in Indonesia, and was Chair of the Department of History between 1995 and 2001. Her research centers on European cities, their social organization, and their welfare institutions. 

    Selected Publications

    Crossley, Pamela K., Lynn Hollen Lees, and John W. Servos. 2012. Global Society: The World Since 1900, 3rd edition. Cengage Learning.

    Lees, Lynn Hollen. 2008. The Solidarities of Strangers: The British Poor Laws and the People, 1700-1948. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Lees, Lynn Hollen and Andrew Lees. 2007. Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914. Cambridge University Press.

    Lees, Lynn Hollen and Paul Hohenberg. 1995. The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1995. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

    Lees, Lynn Hollen. 1979. Exiles of Erin: Irish Migrants in Victorian London. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Dongquan Li

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    Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Management, Renmin University of China

    About

    Donqquan Li is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University of China. Her current research focuses on urban design and community planning and management. She has also written extensively on modern Chinese urban planning. Prior to her time at Renmin University, Li was a faculty member in the Department of Architecture at Qingdao Institute of Architecture and Engineering and the School of Environmental Science at Peking University.

    Selected Publications

    Li, Dongquan and Hui Li. 2008. A Discussion about the Improvement of Urban Planning Institution Based on the Concept of Public Policy. Urban Studies, 4: 64-68.

    Li, Dongquan and Yixing Zhou. 2007. Historical Study on the Relationship Between Urban Planning and Urban Development. New Architecture, 2: 16-22.

    Li, Dongquan. 2007. Historical Study and Revelation on the Relationship Between Urban Planning and Urban Development of Qingdao in Modern Times. Journal of Chinese Historical Geography, 22(2): 125-136.

    Li, Dongquan and Yixing Zhou. 2006. An Experiment of Modern Chinese Urban Planning. Urban Studies, 13(3): 14-21.

    Li, Dongquan and Yixing Zhou. 2006. Qingdao: Its Status in History and in the Evolution of Modern Urban Planning. City Planning Review, 30(4): 54-59.

    Faculty Fellow

    Ken Lum

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    Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Fine Arts Undergraduate Program

    School/Department

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Ken Lum is Chair of the Department of Fine Arts in the School of Design. Prior to coming to Penn, Lum was Head of the Graduate Program in Studio Art at the University of British Columbia, Visiting Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Graduate Professor at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College. He is co-founder and founding Editor of Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Lum was made a Guggenheim Fellow in 1999 and awarded a Killam Award for Outstanding Research in 1998 and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award in 2007. He has served on the Board of Directors for the The PowerPlant (Toronto), Annie Wong Art Foundation (Hong Kong), Arts Initiative Tokyo, and Centre A (Vancouver). He was co-curator of Shanghai Modern: 1919-1945 and Sharjah Biennial 7. He recently co-curated Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project in Philadelphia.

      Selected Publications

      Lum, Ken. 2016. “The Figure in the Carpet.” Catalog essay for the exhibition Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, curated by Dr. Cornelia Lauf for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland.

      Lum, Ken. 2009. “Dear Steven.” In Art School: (Propositions for the 21st Century), edited by Steven Madoff. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

      Lum, Ken and Hubert Damisch. 2008. Ultimo Bagaglio. Paris: Three Star Books.

      Lum, Ken. 1999. “Canadian Cultural Policy: A Metaphysical Problem.” In Conference 1: Inside Out: Reassessing International Cultural Influence. Wroclaw, Poland: Apexart.

      Penn IUR Scholar

      Alan Mabin

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      Professor and Research Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria

      About

      Alan Mabin is Professor and Research Fellow in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria. He previously taught in development studies, politics, geography and urban planning at University of the Witwatersrand, being appointed Professor of Public Management in 1999.  From 2005 he headed the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits, retiring from the University at the end of 2013.  He has held visiting fellowships at Yale (USA) and Queen’s (Canada); Université de Paris Ouest [X]-Nanterre-La Défense, Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement, and Sciences Po in Paris, France; and Universidade de São Paulo in Brasil.  He has undertaken research in Brasil, France, Tanzania and South Africa and has NGO, government and consulting experience.  

      Selected Publications

      Mabin, Alan. 2007. “Johannesburg—(South) Africa’s Aspirant Global City.” In The Making of Global City Regions: Johannesburg, Mumbai/Bombay, Sao Paulo and Shanghai, 32-63, K. Segbers, S. Raiser, and K. Volkmann, eds. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

      Mabin, Alan. 2006. “Local Government in South Africa's Larger Cities.” In Democracy and Delivery: Urban Policy in South Africa, 135-156, U. Pillay, R. Tomlinson and J. du Toit, eds.. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

      Mabin, A. and P Harrison. 2006. Security and Space: Managing Contradictions of Access Restriction in Johannesburg. Environment and Planning B, 33(1): 3-20.

      Mabin, A. 2005. Suburbanisation, Segregation and Government of Territorial Transformations. Transformation, 36: 41-64.

      Faculty Fellow

      Christopher Marcinkoski

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      Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

      School/Department

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Christopher Marcinkoski is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in the School of Design. He is a licensed architect and founding director of PORT A+U, a leading-edge urban design consultancy with ongoing projects in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment at Penn, Marcinkoski was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations in New York where he led that office’s large-scale urban design work including the QianHai Water City in Shenzhen and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. Marcinkoski’s current research uses the urbanistic crisis that emerged in Spain over the first decade of the 21st century as a platform for considering the increasingly speculative nature of contemporary urbanization, and in particular, the disciplinary implications for the design and planning professions engaged in the work that comprises this phenomenon. 

        Selected Publications

        Marcinkoski, C. 2016. The City That Never Was: Reconsidering the Speculative Nature of Contemporary Urbanization. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press.

        Marcinkoski, C. 2014. “Notes on the Horizontal: Landscape-Driven Strategies for the Vertical Cities Challenge.” 2013 Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition + Symposium. National University of Singapore and World Future Foundation.

        Marcinkoski, C. 2013. “Re-Cultivating the Forest City.” American Collegiate Schools of Architecture 101st Annual Conference.

        Affiliated PhD Student

        Samuel Ostroff

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        Joint Doctoral Candidate in History and South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania

        About

        Samuel Ostroff is a joint Doctoral Candidate in History and South Asia Studies at Penn. He is currently writing his dissertation on the economic, environmental and imperial aspects of the Indian Ocean pearl trade in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the field of urban studies, his work focuses on port-cities and urban networking across oceanic and global spaces in the early modern world. Aside from his dissertation research, Samuel is interested in urban planning, transportation, and policy in the global cities of the 21st century. Prior to Penn, Samuel completed his B.A. in History at Bucknell University and M.A. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

        Penn IUR Scholar

        Suzana Pasternak

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        Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo

        About

        Suzana Pasternak is Professor of Architecture and Urbanization at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo, where she teaches courses on urbanization, demography, and housing. Her work focuses on housing services in developing urban areas and includes research on the development of and life in Sao Paulo’s squatter settlements. 

        Selected Publications

        Pasternak, Suzana. 2012. Mudanças na Estrutura Sócio-ocupacional das Metrópoles Brasileiras. Cadernos Metrópole (PUC-SP), 14: 233-278.

        Pasternak, Suzana and Lucia Maria Machado Bógus. 2011. A Dinâmica Espacial da Desigualdade na Região Metropolitana de São Paulo. Estudos sobre Urbanização, Arquitetura e Preservação, 47: 1-88.

        Pasternak, Suzana and Lucia Maria Machado Bógus Bógus. 2011. Urbanização, Meio Ambiente e Saúde em São Paulo. InterfacEHS (Ed. Português), 6: 51-72.

        Pasternak, Suzana. 2011. O Estado de São Paulo no Censo 2010. Nyssa, 199: 24.

        Pasternak, Suzana. 2010. Loteamentos Irregulares No Município de São Paulo: Uma Avaliação Espacial Urbanística. Planejamento e Politicas Publicas, 1: 131-170.

        Fellow

        Sheela Patel

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        Founder Director, Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)

        About

        Sheela Patel is Founder Director of the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), a Mumbai-based NGO that has been working on housing and infrastructure rights for the urban poor for since 1984. She also played a key role in the expansion of Mahila Milan, a federation of collectives of women living in slums across India. Patel is also the Chair of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), an international network of poor people's organizations and supporting NGOs, active in Asia and Africa. She has represented Sdi as member or advisor in many national and international task forces and committees.  Patel has received the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from the Synergos Institute in recognition of her extensive efforts to ameliorate urban poverty, and Padmashree a national award from the Indian government for her work on urban poverty issues.

        Selected Publications

        Patel, Sheela. 2013. Upgrade, Rehouse or Resettle? An Assessment of the Indian Government’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) Programme. Environment & Urbanization, 25(1): 177-188.

        Patel, Sheela, Carrie Baptist, Celine D’Cruz. 2012. Knowledge is power – Informal Communities Assert Their Right to the City through SDI and Community-led Enumerations. Environment & Urbanization, 24(1).

        Patel, Sheela. 2011. “Are Women Victims, or Are They Warriors?” In Women’s Health and the World’s Cities, chapter 6, Afaf Ibrahim, Meleis, Eugénie L. Birch, Susan M. Wachter, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

        Patel, Sheela and Diana Mitlin. 2010. Gender Issues and Slum/Shack Dweller Federations (report). International Institute for Environment and Development.

        Patel, Sheela, Shaaban Sheuya, Philippa Howden-Chapman. 2007.  The Design of Housing and Shelter Programs: The Social and Environmental Determinants of Inequalities. Journal of Urban Health, 84(1): 98-108.

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