Urban Doctoral Poster Session & Reception

At the beginning of the spring semester Penn IUR gathers doctoral students from across the university, along with their mentors and advisors, for an informal reception and poster presentations. This event brings together students and faculty researching urban issues from many different disciplines, and encourages interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration. Additionally, it helps identify graduating students who may present during Penn IUR Urban Doctoral Symposium at the end of the spring semester.

Annual Urban Doctoral Symposium

Every May, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, in collaboration with the Penn Urban Studies Program, hosts the Penn Urban Doctoral Symposium. The event celebrates the achievements of Penn doctoral students who have recently completed dissertations on urban-focused topics. Through presentations and discussion, the symposium highlights the significant contributions Penn students make to urban scholarship.

In spring 2016, Penn IUR hosted its 10th Annual Urban Doctoral Symposium to highlight the work of four such notable urban doctoral students:

  • Albert Han, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, “Evaluating the performance of the greenbelt policy for present and future urban growth management and environmental protection : a case study in the Seoul Metropolitan Area of South Korea”

  • Mary Rocco, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, “Partnerships, Philanthropy and Innovation: Urban Revitalization in US Legacy Cities”

  • Kenneth Steif, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, “Toward School Improvement Districts: School quality & the equitable revitalization of neighborhoods”

  • Daniel Treglia, Social Policy and Practice, School of Arts and Sciences, “Using Positive Psychology to Explain Shelter Use: A Study of Homeless Families in New York City”


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