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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.

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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.

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