Urban Studies Events

Environmental Pressures on China’s Changing Cities and Countryside

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China’s urban and rural areas are rapidly changing and are facing dire resource constraints. Cities and countryside both contribute to and are vulnerable to water pollution and scarcity, particularly in China’s dry north. At this CEF meeting, speakers will provide a comparative perspective of pollution, drought, and development challenges in China’s metropolitan and rural areas, particularly in the Gobi Desert region.

Cities at the Center of the World

April 22, 2014 // 9:00am4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
In collaboration with the Cities and Globalization Working Group at George Mason University’s Center for Global Studies, The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory invites you to a discussion of the nexus between urban growth and globalization. Please join leading urban scholars, practitioners and policy makers for a discussion of the social, spatial and political terrain of cities as critical global centers.

World Urban Forum, taking place in Medellín, Columbia, South America --Safe + Smart Cities: Harnessing Technology for Urban Resilience

April 08, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
“Safe + Smart Cities” will highlight policies and practices that integrate new smart city technologies and planning concepts with efforts to make urban areas more resilient to natural and man-made disaster.
Webcast

Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti

April 04, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Latin American Program
A discussion of a new paper titled ‘Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti’.
Webcast

Citizen Security in Brazil: Progress and Challenges

March 28, 2014 // 9:00am12:00pm
Latin American Program
This event explored recent efforts to promote citizen security in Brazil’s urban areas, including the attempts to build more peaceful communities from the ground up.
MAKING AN AQUARIUM OUT OF FISH STEW

"Making An Aquarium Out Of Fish Stew" Reforming Post-Communist Budapest

March 04, 2014 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Gabor Demszky served as Mayor of Budapest between 1990 and 2010, being re-elected five times. As the longest serving mayor of a major European capital in recent decades, Demszky will draw from experience bringing the management of Budapest into a liberal, capitalist world to consider how cities handle uncertainties in budgetary planning.
Webcast

Urbanization and Insecurity: Crowding, Conflict, and Gender

February 18, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“Sexual violence plays a special role as a form of violence and as a form of terror and torture,” said Alison Brysk, a Wilson Center fellow and Mellichamp chair of global governance at the University of California Santa Barbara. Yet the connections between gender-based violence and urbanization – observed in Kenya, India, and countries around the world – are not widely recognized.

Access to Capital after the Poor People’s Campaign

November 21, 2013 // 2:30pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
As we mark the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, we must consider the mixed legacy of one element of their platform, the demand that access to capital be expanded.
Webcast

Innovation in Urban Development: Incremental Housing Approaches and Big Data for Smarter Cities

November 14, 2013 // 1:25pm4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Panelists will present research on innovation in incremental housing and urban planning and discuss new ways of employing "big data" to improve city management and urban decision making.
Karachi Highway System
Webcast

Pakistan's Galloping Urbanization

November 06, 2013 // 9:00am4:00pm
Asia Program
A full-day conference on Pakistan's rapidly growing cities, and what can be done to address this irreversible phenomenon.

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