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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

Timothy J. Bartik

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Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute

Areas of Interest

    About

    Dr. Bartik’s research focuses on state and local economic development and local labor markets. This includes research on how early childhood programs affect local economies, and on job-creation programs. Bartik’s 1991 book, Who Benefits from State and Local Economic Development Policies? is widely cited as an important and influential review of the evidence on how local policies affect economic development. Bartik is co-editor of Economic Development Quarterly, the only journal focused on local economic development in the United States.
    Penn IUR Scholar

    Timothy Beatley

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    Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities

    Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

    About

    Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Beatley’s work focuses on creating sustainable communities and cultivating creative strategies through which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints. Beatley is an author of or contributor to more than fifteen books concerning sustainability. 

    Selected Publications

    Beatley, Timothy, David Brower and Anna K. Schwab. 2001. An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 2005. Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 1999. Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 2010. Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy, Peter Newman and Heather Boyer. 2009. Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Beatley, Timothy. 1999. Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    Jere Behrman

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    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics

    About

    Jere R. Behrman is W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. A leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics with a focus on developing economies, Behrman has been Chair of Economics, Research Associate and Director of Penn’s Population Studies Center, Associate Director of the Lauder Institute, and Associate Director of Penn’s Population Aging Research Center, among other positions in the University. He has been an investigator on over 160 research projects, including 42 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 14 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and has published over 400 articles and 35 books. The unifying dimension of much of this research is to improve empirical knowledge of the determinants of and the impacts of human resources given unobserved factors such as innate health and ability, the functioning of various institutions such as households and imperfect markets, and information imperfections. 

    Selected Publications

    Behrman, Jere R., Susan W. Parker, Petra E. Todd, and Kenneth I. Wolpin. 2015. "Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools." Journal of Political Economy 123(2): 325-64.

    Richter, Linda M., Bernadette Daelmans, Joan Lombardi, Jody Heymann, Florencia Lopez Boo, Jere R. Behrman, Chunling Lu, Jane E. Lucas, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Tarun Dua, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karin Stenberg, Paul Gertler, and Gary L. Darmstadt. "Investing in the Foundation of Sustainable Development: Pathways to Scale up for Early Childhood Development. 2017. " The Lancet.

    Allen, Franklin, Jere R. Behrman, Nancy Birdsall, Shahrokh Fardoust, Dani Rodrik, Andrew Steer, and Arvind Subramanian. 2014. Towards a Better Global Economy: Policy Implications for Global Citizens in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Almedia, Rita, Jere Behrman, and David Robalino, editors. 2012. The Right Skills for the Job? Rethinking Effective Training Policies for Workers. Washington, DC: Social Protection, Human Development Network, World Bank. 

    Faculty Fellow

    David Bell

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    Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor, Professor of Marketing

    About

    David Bell is Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor and Professor of Marketing in the Marketing Department at The Wharton School. His current research focuses on the digital economy and success factors for Internet retail startups. Prior work in traditional retail settings explores unplanned and impulse buying, and consumer response to fixed and variable shopping costs. His articles have been published leading journals including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, and Marketing Science.

    Selected Publications

    Bell, David R., Santiago Gallino and Antonio Moreno. 2017 (forthcoming). “Revenge of the Store.” MIT Sloan Management Review. 

    Li, Kathleen and David Bell. 2017. “Estimation of average treatment effects with panel data: Asymptotic theory and implementation.” Journal of Econometrics 197: 65-75.

    Bell, David Bell. 2014. Location Is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One. Boston New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Lee, Jae Young and David Bell. 2013. “Neighborhood Social Capital and Social Learning for Experience Attributes of Products.” Marketing Science 32(6): 960-976.

    Bell, David, JeongHye Choi, Leonard Lodish. 2012. “What Matters Most in Internet Retailing.” MIT Sloan Management Review 54: 27-33.

     

    Fellow

    Michael Berman

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    Founder and Principal, Michael Berman Consulting LLC

      About

      In February 2014, Michael Berman established Michael Berman Consulting, LLC, to provide advisory services to best-in-class enterprises in the real estate finance industry. Drawing from his extensive experience in the industry, Mr. Berman provides strategic and tactical advice in both the business and policy arenas. From November 2012 to January 2014, Mr. Berman served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor - Housing Finance for HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Mr. Berman also served on the senior administration housing policy team focused on developing policies for reforming the government role in housing finance for both single family and multifamily lending. Until September 2012, Mr. Berman was the president and chief executive officer of CWCapital (CW). In 1985, he joined the CW companies, a national lender and servicer to the multifamily and commercial real estate industry. Mr. Berman was responsible for strategic planning and operations for all of CW's loan programs, including FHA, GSE, conduit, portfolio and life company lending. Under Mr. Berman's direction, CW first entered the national lending business in 1991. Annual loan production grew from $100 million to over $4 billion in 2012, when CW was sold to Walker & Dunlop. Mr. Berman served as chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) in 2010-2011. He also chaired MBA task force committees on the future of the GSEs. He served on the board of directors of the Real Estate Roundtable (2011-2012), and the executive committee of the board of the National Multifamily Housing Council (1995-2012). In 2014, he was appointed a senior industry fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Mr. Berman testified before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee in 2010-2011, regarding the government role in the future of housing finance. He has appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box, Bloomberg's Street Smart and Fox Business News. He also has been quoted by several trade periodicals as well as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In 2012, Mr. Berman received the Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award from the MBA for his work on the future of the government’s role in housing finance. In 2013, he was designated one of the 30 most influential people in real estate by Commercial Property Executive. Mr. Berman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
      Penn IUR Scholar

      Richard Bernknopf

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      Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Richard Bernknopf is Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico. Previously, Berknopf was an economist with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center; his work with USGS has spanned more than three decades. Bernknopf’s research focuses on the demonstration of the relevance to society of natural science information including earth observation and the translation of that information into a form compatible with decision-making processes. He is currently associated with the Science Impact Laboratory for Policy and Economics at the University of New Mexico and the Wharton Geospatial Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include Natural Science Information and Policy.

        Selected Publications

        Labiosa, William, Paul Hearn, David Strong, Richard Bernknopf, Dianna Hogan, Leonard Pearlstine. 2010. The South Florida Ecosystem Portfolio Model: A Web-Enabled Multicriteria Land Use Planning Decision Support System. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS): 1-10.

        Bernknopf, Richard L., Sharyl J. M. Rabinovici, Nathan J. Wood, Laura B. Dinitz. 2006. The Influence of Hazard Models on GIS-based Regional Risk Assessments and Mitigation Policies. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management. 6(4/5/6): 369-387.

        Bernknopf, R., T. Smith, A. Wein. 2006. The Effect of Spatially Correlated Failures on Natural Hazard Damage Assessments. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: abstract #GC43A-04.

        Penn IUR Scholar

        Alain Bertaud

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        Senior Research Scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project

        About

        Alain Bertaud is a senior research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project.  His main area of research is the impact of markets, transportation, and regulations on urban form.  At the moment, he is writing a book about urban planning that is tentatively titled Order Without Design. Bertaud previously held the position of principal urban planner at the World Bank, where he worked on urban policy and urban infrastructure development in India, in transition economies such as China, Russia, and countries of Eastern Europe.  After retiring from the Bank in 1999, he worked as an independent consultant.  Prior to joining the World Bank he worked as a resident urban planner in a number of cities around the world: Bangkok, San Salvador (El Salvador), Port au Prince (Haiti), Sana’a (Yemen), New York, Paris, Tlemcen (Algeria), and Chandigarh (India).

        Bertaud’s research, conducted in collaboration with his wife Marie-Agnès, aims to bridge the gap between operational urban planning and urban economics.  Their work focuses primarily on the interaction between urban forms, real estate markets and regulations. Bertaud’s publications can be downloaded from: http://alainbertaud.com.

        Selected Publications

        Bertaud, Alain and Brueckner, Jan K. 2005. Analyzing building-height restrictions: predicted impacts and welfare costs. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 35: 109-125.

        Bertaud, Alain. 2003. Clearing the air in Atlanta: transit and smart growth or conventional economics? Journal of Urban Economics, 54: 379–400.

        Bertaud, Alain. 2010. Land Markets, Government Interventions and Housing Affordability. Wolfensohn Center for Development Working Paper 18.

        Bertaud, Alain and Malpezzi, Stephen. 2001. Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Urban Land Use Regulation: A Simple Model with an Application to Malaysia. Journal of Housing Economics,10: 393–418.

        Faculty Fellow

        Eugénie L. Birch

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        Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education

        Chair of the Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning

        Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research

        About

        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

        Books

        Slums, How Informal Real Estate Markets Work  Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press (2016) (edited with Susan Wachter, Shahana Chattaraj).

        Chapters

        “The Institutions of Metropolitan Governance,” in David Gomez Alvarz, Eduardo Moreno and R. Rajack (eds), Steering the Metropolis, Metropolitan Governance for Sustainable Urban Development (Nairobi: UN Habitat, forthcoming).

        “Modeling Interdiciplinarity: Spaces of Modern Paris through Literature and Design,” in Robert T. Talley (ed). Teaching Space, Place and Mapping, Routledge (forthcoming) (with Andrea Goulet).

        “The Imprint of History in the Practice of City and Regional Planning” in C. Hein (ed), Planning History Handbook (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

        “Metrics and the Impact of the Urban SDG,” in David Simon, et al. (eds), The Urban Planet: Patterns and Pathways to the Cities We Want (forthcoming) with Andrew Rudd, Maruxa Cardama, Aromar Revi.

        Journals

        “Inclusion and Innovation: The Many Forms of Stakeholder Engagement in Habitat III”Citiscape (forthcoming).

        “Implementing the New Urban Agenda in the United States: Building on a Firm Foundation,“ Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (Information on Spatial Development) (forthcoming).

        “Midterm Report: Will Habitat III Make a Difference to Global Urban Development?” Journal of the American Planning Association 84:4 (Fall 2016): 398-411.

        Emerging Scholar

        Peter Blair

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        Assistant Professor, John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Peter Blair is Assistant Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with his PhD in Applied Economics in 2015. His intellectual curiosity for economics developed from his experience as a young entrepreneur. As an Economics major at the College of the Bahamas, hisknowledge of the field grew in a more formal way. He received his undergraduate and graduate training in Theoretical Particle Physics at Duke University and Harvard University, which equipped him with the technical modelling tools to pursue graduate studies in Economics.
          Affiliated PhD Student

          Audrey Blewer

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          Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

          About

          Audrey L Blewer, MPH, is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and the Assistant Director for Educational Programs at the Center for Resuscitation Science. Prior to her arrival at the University of Pennsylvania, Audrey completed a master's degree in public health at the University of Florida. Ms. Blewer's scholarly interests lie at the intersection of resuscitation science, health disparities research, health education, and implementation science. In her current work, Ms. Blewer is examining how CPR training dissemination strategies can be expanded, and tailored, to target geographic, racial, and socioeconomic disparities in layperson CPR education and bystander CPR delivery. 

          Penn IUR Scholar

          Qin Bo

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

          Areas of Interest

            About

            Dr. QIN Bo holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Department of Architecture in Wuhan University, a Master of Science from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in Peking University, and a Ph.D. degree in urban studies from the National University of Singapore. He joined the Department of Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University of China in 2008 and now serves as Associate Professor and Deputy Head. His research interests include urban spatial restructuring in Chinese cities, coordinated urban-rural planning and management, and urban sustainable development in China. He is the author/co-author of four books, e.g., The Location-choice of Firms and Urban Spatial Restructuring (2012), Low Carbon Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development (2014). He has also published numerous articles in both the international renowned journals such as JAPA, Urban Studies, and Chinese top journals in urban planning. He serves as reviewer for several leading academic journals and for the National Science Foundation of China. In his academic career Dr. QIN has taught courses in architecture and regional planning and has supervised several postgraduate students studying topics ranging from low carbon urban form to peri-urban development in Chinese cities.

            Selected Publications

            Han, S.S. & Qin, B. (2014) Low-carbon Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development: The Research on Households Carbon Emission in Beijing. Beijing: Renmin University Press.

            Qin, B. (2012) Location-choice of Firms and Urban Spatial Restructuring: A Case Study in Shanghai. Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press.

            Qin, B. and An, G.P. (2009) The application of Digital Management System in the Suburban. Beijing: Renmin University Press.

            Ye Y, LeGates R, and Qin B (2013) Coordinated Urban-rural Development Planning in China: The Chengdu Model. Journal of American Planning Association, 79(2): 125-137.

            Qin B and Han S S (2013) Emerging polycentricity in Beijing: evidence from housing price variations, 2001-05. Urban Studies 50(10): 2006-2023. 

            Fellow

            Raphael Bostic

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            President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

              About

              Dr. Raphael Bostic is the President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He was formerly the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, and served for 3 years in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In that Senate-confirmed position, Dr. Bostic was a principal advisor to the Secretary on policy and research, with the goal of helping the Secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as budget and legislative proposal. Bostic led an interdisciplinary team of 150 which had expertise in all policy areas of importance to the department, including housing, housing finance, rental assistance, community development, economic development, sustainability, and homelessness, among others. During his tenure and with his leadership, PD&R funded more than $150M in new research, became an important advisory voice on departmental budget and prioritization decisions, and reestablished its position as a thought leader on policies associated with housing and urban development. Dr. Bostic arrived at USC in 2001, where he served as a professor in the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development. His work spans many fields including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. A particular emphasis has been on how the private, public, and non-profit sectors interact to influence household access to economic and social amenities. His work has appeared in the leading economic, public policy, and planning journals. He was Director of USC’s Master of Real Estate Development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast. Prior to that, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a Special Achievement Award. In an earlier stint at HUD, Dr. Bostic served as a special assistant to Susan Wachter when she served as the Assistant Secretary for PD&R. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and his BA from Harvard University.

              Selected Publications

              Bostic, R.W., & Molaison, D., Hurricane Katrina: Devastation, Possibilities and Prospects; Economic and Risk Assessment of Hurricane Katrina, USC CREATE book; Forthcoming.

              Bostic, R. W., & Ellen, I. G., Introduction: Special Issue on Housing Policy in the United States; Journal of Housing Economics, 24, 1-3; 2014.

              Bostic, R., CDBG at 40: Opportunities and obstacles; Housing Policy Debate, 24(1), 297-302. doi:10.1080/10511482.2013.866973 ; 2014.

              Bostic, R.W., Resilient Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities; University of Illinois Chicago Urban Forum, M. Pagano (editor), University of Illinois Press; 2014.

              Bostic, R. W., & McFarlane, A., The Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulatory Impact Analysis; Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 15(3), 257; 2013.

              Bostic, R.W., Thornton, R.L., Rudd, E.C., & Sternthal, M.J., Health in All Policies: The Role of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Present and Future Challenges; Health Affairs, 31(9), online; 2012.

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