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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

Jere Behrman

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William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

About

Professor Behrman is also a Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center and he serves as the Economics/Social Science member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) National Advisory Council. He is a leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics, with emphasis on developing economies.  His research interests include empirical microeconomics, labor economics, human resources (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition), project evaluation, economic demography, incentive systems and household behaviors. 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. He has published over 350 professional articles (primarily in leading general and field economic journals, also in leading demographic, sociology, nutritional and biomedical journals) and thirty-three books.  He has been a researcher with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, other international organizations and various governments. He has been a principal investigator on over seventy research projects funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (twenty-three grants), U.S. National Science Foundation (thirteen grants), and a number of other governmental and foundation sources.  He has been involved in professional research or lecturing in over forty countries. He has received honors including: Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow, Econometric Society Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow and 2008 biennial Carlos Diaz-Alejandro Prize for outstanding research contributions to Latin America. In December 2011 he was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Chile.

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 theories and explanations for geographic variation in the performance of Internet retail startups; his recent articles explain the effect of physical location on customer acquisition, contagion effects among co-located consumers, and the effect of preference isolation on online demand. His other projects focus on traditional retail settings and explore unplanned and impulse buying and consumer amortization strategies for fixed shopping costs. His previous articles explained consumer store choice among retailers with different pricing strategies, the effect of reference point formation on consumer response to promotions, and the effect of structural factors (e.g., dwelling size) on consumer shopping strategies. Bell’s research is published in premier academic marketing journals and he is on the editorial boards of International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, and Marketing Science.

Selected Publications

Jae Young Lee, David Bell. (Work In Progress). Social Learning and Awareness Diffusion for Online Retail Trials.

Jae Young Lee, David Bell. 2013. Neighborhood Social Capital and Social Learning for Experience Attributes of Products. Marketing Science.

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

Jeonghye Choi, David Bell, Leonard Lodish. 2012. Traditional and IS-Enabled Customer Acquisition on the Internet. Management Science 58: 754-769. Preyas Desai, David Bell, Gary Lilien, David Soberman. 2012. Editorial: The Science-to-Practice Initiative: Getting New Marketing Science Thinking into the Real World. Marketing Science 31(1): 1-3.

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

      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.

      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. 

          Penn IUR Scholar

          Raphael Bostic

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          Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

            About

            Dr. Raphael Bostic is 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. He has recently returned to USC after serving 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.

            Penn IUR Scholar

            Nisha Botchwey

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            Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

            Areas of Interest

              About

              Nisha Botchwey is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  An expert in health and the built environment as well as community engagement, she holds graduate degrees in both urban planning and public health.  Dedicated to effective pedagogy, Dr. Botchwey spent eight years as a professor at the University of Virginia, jointly appointed to the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and the Department of Public Health Sciences, before arriving at Georgia Tech. Dr. Botchwey has published and researched widely, and currently focuses on topics including health and the built environment, public engagement methodologies, faith-based and secular organizations, and health equity.  She is co-author of Health Impact Assessment in the USA (in press), convener of a national expert panel on interdisciplinary workforce training between the public health and community design fields, and author of numerous articles.  Dr. Botchwey has won distinctions including an NSF ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Faculty Award, a Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship from Georgia Tech, and a Rockefeller-Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. She also serves on the Advisory Board to the Director of the Centers of Disease Control Prevention and is co-Director of the National Academy of Environmental Design's Research Committee.

              Selected Publications

              Botchwey, N., T. Fisher, M. Trowbridge. (2013). Green Health. Journal of Planning Education Research, in press.

              Botchwey, N., Guhathakurta, S., Lee, S. & Leous, A. (forthcoming). Quality of Life and Health in Atlanta. In H. Etienne and B. Faga (editors) Planning Atlanta. Chicago, IL: Planners Press.

              Trowbridge, M., T. Huang, N. Botchwey, T. Fisher, C. Pyke, A. Rodgers, R. Ballard-Barbash. (2013). Green Building and Childhood Obesity Prevention: Toward and Integrated ‘Green Health’ Environmental Design Research Framework. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Forthcoming, in press.

              Dyjack, D.T., N. Botchwey, E. Marziale. (2013). Cross-sectoral Workforce Development: Examining the Intersection of Public Health and Community Design. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 19(1): 97-99.

              C. Ross, M. Orenstein and N. Botchwey. HIA in the U.S.: Practice, Policy and Legal Underpinnings. In Integrating Health Impact Assessment (HIA) into the Policy Process: Lessons and Experiences from around the World. Oxford University Press. 2012.
              Kulbok, P. and N. Botchwey. Promoting Healthy Communities Using Multilevel Participatory Strategies. Chapter 18 in Stanhope and Lancaster (Eds.), Public Health Nursing.  Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier.

              Faculty Fellow

              Phillipe Bourgois

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              Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine

              About

              Philippe Bourgois is the Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine in the Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences. He has conducted fieldwork in Central America (Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Belize) and in the urban United States (East Harlem in New York and San Francisco). In Central America his research addresses the political mobilization of ethnicity, immigration and labor relations, political violence, popular resistance, and the social dislocation of street children. His research in the United States confronts inner-city social suffering and critiques the political economy and cultural contours of US apartheid. He is also addressing gender power relations, and the intersections between structural and intimate violence. His most recent work focuses on substance abuse, violence, homelessness, and HIV-prevention. He has received numerous academic and grant awards including most recently a John Simon Guggenheim Award (2014).

              Selected Publications

              Karandinos G, Hart L, Montero Castrillo F, Bourgois P. 2014. Moral Economy of Violence in the U.S. Inner City. Current Anthropology. 55(1): 1–22.

              Messac L, Ciccarone D, Draine J and Bourgois P. 2013. The Good-Enough Science-and-Politics of Anthropological Collaboration with Evidence-Based Clinical Research: Four Ethnographic Case Studies. Social Science & Medicine. 99: 176–186.

              Philippe I. Bourgois, Jeffrey Schonberg. 2009. Righteous Dopefiend. University of California Press.

              Scheper-Hughes, N. and P. Bourgois, eds. 2004. Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

              Bourgois. P. 2003, second updated edition. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. New York: Cambridge University Press. 

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