Past workshops



Thursday 10/27 (times in EST) 


12:00 noon - 1:15pm: “Pressing Issues in Cities of the Global South:  What Type of Research is Needed?” 

Plenary panel featuring Maitreyi Bordia Das, World Bank; Taibat Lawanson, University of Lagos; Eduardo Marques, University of São Paulo; Danielle Resnick, Brookings

Chair: Alison Post, UC Berkeley

1:15pm - 1:30pm: Break


1:30pm - 3:00pm: Paper Discussions   


Suruchi Kumari (JNU), “The twin tales of exception and continuity: zoning governance and elite urban politics in Industrial Model Townships in India”;  Discussant: Emily Rains, Louisiana State University 


Katrin Hofer (ETH Zurich), “The people’s perspective of public participation in infrastructure and housing provision in South Africa: evidence from a factorial survey experiment”; Discussant:  Brian Wampler, Boise State University 


Shiqi Ma (Cornell), “Politicization of Slum Demolition: Evidence from the Satellite Image of Beijing”; Discussant:  Kyle Jaros, Notre Dame


Jessica Zarkin (Claremont McKenna); “Who Governs Policing? Mayors’ Strategic Linkages to Police in Latin American Cities” Discussant: Jessie Trudeau, Syracuse

Chair: Jeffrey Paller, University of Gothenburg


Friday, 10/28 (times in EST) 


12:00 noon - 1:00pm: Paper Discussions


Marcela Alonso Ferreira (Sciences Po), “The politics of urban land rights: documents, courts, and constituencies in São Paulo”; Discussant: Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, Brown


Erum Haider (The College of Wooster), “Votes for Water: Hybrid Water Provision, Illegality, and Ethnicity in Karachi, Pakistan”; Discussant: Noah Nathan, MIT

Wara Urwasi (Northwestern), “Land, Leaders, and Linkages: Community Distinction and Informal Governance in Jakarta’s Democratic Setting”; Discussant: Adam Auerbach, AU


Chair: Veronica Herrera, UCLA


1:00pm - 1:15pm: Break


1:15pm - 2:45pm: Lightning Talks

Jessie Trudeau (Brown) "Strategic Cartography: How Map-Making Can Enable or Obstruct Social Inclusion"

Karen Buscher (University of Ghent) “Militarisation and urban politics in Eastern Congo"

Andrea Junqueira (Washington University, St Louis) "How do Mega Cities Decentralize Local Representation? Precinct-Level Voting Behavior and Municipal Service Provision"

Kyle Jaros (Notre Dame) "Fragmented or Fused Urban Governance? Special Zones and Authority Relations in China"

Sohyeon Kim (Ohio State) "Urbanization and the Decay of Ethnic Orientation: Evidence from Nairobi, Kenya"

Noah Nathan (MIT) "Explaining Urban Order: The Political Origins of Africa’s City Street Networks"

Emily Rains (Louisiana State University) "An evolving threat to life and livelihoods: comparing the health, economic, and political implications of the first two waves of COVID-19 in Bengaluru and Patna slums"

Ivan Souza Vieira (CIDE)  "Bridging the Gap? Inclusionary Public Transportation Policies in Latin American Megacities"

Alice Xu (Yale) "The Political Origins of Slum Growth and Segregation in Cities"

Salih Yasun (Indiana University) "The Challenges of Local Taxation under Transition Settings: The Case Study of Tunisia" 

Chair: Adam Auerbach, American University


2:45pm-3:00pm Concluding thoughts and discussion



Adam Auerbach

Veronica Herrera

Tanu Kumar

Jeffrey Paller

Eleonora Pasotti

Alison Post

Header photo: Adam Auerbach