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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

Derek Douglas

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Vice President for Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

Areas of Interest

    About

    Derek Douglas is Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. Douglas leads the university’s local, national, and international urban development and civic engagement efforts to enhance the quality of life for local residents and enrich the work of faculty and students through research, education and direct engagement. Previously, Douglas served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) where he served as the principal architect of President Obama’s agenda to strengthen our nation’s cities and metropolitan regions.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Chandan Deuskar

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    PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennslyvania

    About

    Chandan Deuskar is a doctoral student in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His research interests relate to rapid urbanization in the developing world and its relationship with urban poverty and economic growth, the spatial form of cities, and urban land issues. Between 2011 and 2016, he worked at the World Bank on urban development in Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Haiti, and Palestine, as well as regional and global studies which used new data and methods to standardize the definition and measurement of urban areas to allow international comparison of urbanization and its impacts. In 2011, Chandan obtained a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his thesis was on land readjustment as a means of acquiring land for urban expansion in Ahmedabad, India. He also holds a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He grew up in Mumbai, India, and has also lived in Dubai, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. 

    Selected Publications

    World Bank. "East Asia's Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth." (2015).

    Sanyal, Bishwapriya, and Chandan Deuskar. "A better way to grow? Town planning schemes as a hybrid land readjustment process in Ahmedabad, India." Value capture and land policies 149 (2012): 182.

    Penn IUR Scholar

    George Galster

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    Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs, Department of Urban Studies Planning, Wayne State University

    About

    George Galster is the Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University. Galster has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Justice, numerous municipalities, community organizations, and civil rights groups.  He has provided housing policy consultations to governments in Australia, China, France, Scotland and the United States. Galster’s areas of interest are metropolitan housing markets, racial discrimination and segregation, neighborhood dynamics, residential reinvestment, community lending and insurance patterns, and the interrelationship between neighborhood contexts and social inequality. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of urban issues. 

    Selected Publications

    Raleigh, Erica and George Galster. Forthcoming. Neighborhood Deterioration, Abandonment and Crime Dynamics. Journal of Urban Affairs.

    Hedman, Lina and George Galster. 2013. Neighborhood Income Sorting and the Effects of Neighborhood Income Mix on Income: A Holistic Empirical Exploration. Urban Studies, 50(1): 107-127.

    Galster, George. 2012. Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Price, Gwylim, Yu Chen, and George Galster. 2011. The Impact of Floods on House Prices: An Imperfect Information Approach with Myopia and Amnesia. Housing Studies 26(2): 259-279.

    Galster, George. 2008. Quantifying the Effect of Neighborhood on Individuals: Challenges, Alternative Approaches, and Promising Directions. Schmollers Jahrbuch, 128: 1-42.

    Galster, George, Peter Tatian, and John Accordino. 2006. Targeting Investments for Neighborhood Revitalization. Journal of the American Planning Association, 72(4): 457-474.

    Faculty Fellow

    Gary Hack

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    Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning

    About

    Gary Hack is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He teaches, practices, and studies large-scale physical planning and urban design. He is the former dean of the School of Design, stepping down in 2008 after 12 years. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, and a partner in the firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge. Earlier in his career, Professor Hack was head of planning for Gruen Associates in New York and directed the Canadian government’s housing and urban development research and demonstration programs. He has also served as an urban design consultant for projects in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, China and Saudi Arabia. Hack has served on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board. He is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, is a member of the board of the William Penn Foundation, and is active in civic affairs in Philadelphia.

    Selected Publications

    Hack, Gary. 2011. Urban Flux. In Companion to Urban Design, Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaido-Sederis, eds. London: Routledge.

    Hack, Gary. 2011. Shaping Urban Form. In Planning Ideas that Matter., Bishwapriya Sanyal, Lawrence J. Vale, and Christina D. Rosan, eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    Hack, Gary, Eugenie Birch, Paul Sedway, Mitchell Silver, eds. 2009. Local Planning. International City Management Association.

    Hack, Gary, Zhongjie Lin, and Shi Zhong. 2006. Urban Design in the Global Perspective. Shanghai: Building Industry Press.

    Lynch, Kevin and Gary Hack. 1984. Site Planning, 3rd ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Samuel Geldin

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    PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

    About

    Sam Geldin is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning with interests in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and urban governance in the Global South. He is particularly passionate about enhancing subnational climate action efforts through policy, planning, and comparative urban studies. Sam previously supported two transnational climate action networks, policy formulation in the California Governor's Office of Planning, and a research initiative facilitated by the UNFCCC Secretariat. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Yale, where his master's thesis investigated the diffusion of adaptation practices through city networks in Indonesia. He also holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Geography from UCLA.

    Faculty Fellow

    Andrea Goulet

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    Associate Professor of Romance Languages

    About

    Andrea Goulet is an Associate Professor of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Penn, she served as Associate Professor of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of two books on French fiction and literature. Her current research interests include Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French Fiction, critical theory, science and literature, detective fiction, and nouveau roman literature. Her forthcoming book explores scientific discourses in modern French crime fiction. She is currently co-chair of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association.

    Selected Publications

    Goulet, Andrea. Forthcoming. Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Space and Science in French Crime Fiction, 1866-2006.

    Goulet, Andrea. 2013. "Natural History and French Culture: Symposium Commentary." In Of Elephants & Roses: French Natural History 1790-1830, Sue Ann Prince, ed. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society.

    Goulet, Andrea. 2008. Malet’s Maps and Butor’s Bleston: Space and Formal Play in the Roman Policier. L’Esprit Créateur, 48(2): 46-59.

    Goulet, Andrea.2007. Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Street Names and Private/Public Violence in Modern French Crime Fiction. Modern Language Quarterly, 68(1): 87-110.

    Goulet, Andrea. 2006. Optiques: The Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction. Philadelphia: Penn Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    David Gouverneur

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    Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

    About

    David Gouverneur is Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture at the School of Design and Honorary Professor of the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Previously, he was the Chair of the School of Architecture and Professor in the Departments of Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at Universidad Simón Bolívar; Director of Urban Development of Venezuela; Co-founder and Professor of the Urban Design program, and Director of the Mayor's Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, in Caracas. He is the two-time recipient of the G. Holmes Perkins Award for distinguished teaching at PennDesign and co-recipient of the Venezuelan National Architecture award in 2000 and in 2016. His professional practice focuses on improvement of existing informal settlements, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, areas of new centralities, new mixed-use districts, and the rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. His main area of research focuses on the notion of Informal Armatures, a method to address the rampant Self-Constructed urbanization, the dominant urban form in many countries of the Global South. He has lectured extensively, written articles and organized seminars and workshops, particularly in Latin America. He received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980), and B.Arch from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977). 

    Selected Publications

    Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City. Routledge 2014.

    El diseño de nuevos asentamientos informales. Universidad de La Salle/Universidad Eafit, Colombia, 2016

    Editor of Revisiting Urban Renewal: Alternatives for Public Housing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. PennDesign/Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012

    Co author of: The Rehabilitation of the Littoral Central, Venezuela, with the support of Universidad Metropolitana/Harvard University,Toddman Editores, Caracas, 2000.

     

    Faculty Fellow

    Renata Holod

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    College of Women Class of 1963 Professor, History of Art, School of Arts and Sciences

    Curator, Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

    About

    Renata Holod is Professor of the History of Art in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Curator of the Near East Section in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She is an affiliated faculty member with the School of Arts and Science’s Middle East Center. Holod has done archaeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Central Asia and Turkey, and completed an archaeological/ethno-historical survey on the island of Jerba, Tunisia. She has served as Convenor, Steering Committee Member, and Master Jury Chair of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She also served as consultant to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Arthur Ericson Architects, Venturi Scott-Brown Architects, Mitchell/Giurgola Associates, H2L2, and Michael Graves& Associates, and the Center for Architecture in NYC. In 2004, the Islamic Environmental Research Centre honored her with an Award for outstanding work in Islamic Architectural Studies. In 2010, she received the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring.

    Selected Publications

    Grabar, Oleg, Renata Holod, James Knustad, and William Trousdale. 1978. City in the Desert: An Account of the Archaeological Expedition to Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi, Syria. Harvard Middle East Monograph Series 23/24. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

    Holod, Renata. 1983. Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. New York: Aperture.

    Holod, Renata, Hmet Evin, and Suha Özkan, eds. 1984. Modern Turkish Architecture, 1st ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Holod, Renata and Hasan-Uddin Khan. 1997. The Mosque and the Modern World: rchitects, Patrons and Designs Since the 1950s. Thames and Hudson.

    Jayyuusi, Salma Khadra, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, Andre Raymond. 2008. The City in the Islamic World. Brill Academic Pub.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Ben Hyman

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    PhD Candidate, Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Ben Hyman is a doctoral candidate in Applied Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, affiliated with the Departments of Business Economics & Public Policy and Real Estate. Ben's research interests span the fields of public finance, local labor markets, urban economics, and international trade. Ben received his B.A. (Honors) from the University of Southern California (USC), and holds an M.C.P. with a concentration in urban and regional economics from MIT. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a research associate with MIT's poverty action lab (J-PAL). Ben's current research focuses on two streams of work. The first concerns whether worker re-training programs help mitigate the adverse effects of local labor market disruptions. The second agenda studies the effects of state and local tax credit incentives on firm behavior and labor demand.

      Selected Publications

      Can Displaced Labor be Retrained? Evidence from Quasi-Random Assignment to Trade Adjustment Assistance (2017) [Work-in-progress]

      Firm Mobility and the Economic Development Effects of Location Subsidies: Evidence from a Large-Scale Tax Credit Lottery (2017) [Work-in-progress]

      Harrison, A., Hyman, B., Martin, L., & Nataraj, S. (2015). When do Firms Go Green? Comparing Price Incentives with Command and Control Regulations in India (No. w21763). National Bureau of Economic Research.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Krista Iskander

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      Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennslyvania

      About

      Krista Iskander is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennslyvania.
      Penn IUR Scholar

      Ferdous Jahan

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      Professor of Public Administration, University of Dhaka; Academic Coordinator, BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Ferdous Jahan is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Dhaka and is Academic Coordinator at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development. Jahan teaches courses on development, management of land, governance, comparative public administration, financial administration, and political science. She is also an expert in program evaluation and policy research. She has designed and conducted a variety of qualitative studies as well as many quantitative surveys and research. Her current research involves governance, social protection, urban poverty, legal empowerment of the poor and women¹s empowerment issues in developing nations.

        Selected Publications

        Jahan, Ferdous, et al. 2013. State of Cities: Re-thinking Urban Governance in Narayanganj, Chapters 1-3, 6. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University.

        Manoj Roy, David Hulme and Ferdous Jahan. 2013. Contrasting Adaptation Responses by Squatters and Low-Income Tenants in Khulna Bangladesh. Environment & Urbanization, 25(1): 1­20.

        Jahan, Ferdous and Asif M. Shahan. 2013. Power and Influence of Islam-Based Political Parties in Bangladesh: Perception versus Reality. Journal of Asian and African Studies. (Published online on June 26, 2013.)

        Jahan, Ferdous, David Hulme, Manoj Roy, and Asif Shahan. 2012. Reframing the Problem: From Climate Change in Urban Areas to Urban Governance in an Era of Climate Change. London: Department for International Development.

        Ferdous Jahan and Asif M. Shahan. 2012. Bureau Bashing and Public Service Motivation: A Case for the Civil Service of Bangladesh. International Journal of Public Administration, 35(4): 272-284.

        Manoj Roy, Ferdous Jahan and David Hulme. 2012. Community and Institutional Responses to the Challenges Facing Poor Urban People in Khulna, Bangladesh in an Era of Climate Change.  BWPI, University of Manchester Working Paper 163/2012.

        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. 

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