About the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

In the next 35 years, 75 percent of the world’s population will reside in urban areas, and most of that growth is expected to take place in the under-planned and under-served cities of the developing world. It is increasingly understood that the future of sustainable development is inexorably tied to the future of the world’s cities. Since 1991, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions grounded in urban approaches to some of the world’s most pressing challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, migration, and environmental degradation. The Laboratory combines evidence-based research with on-the-ground expertise to identify comprehensive policies that harness the energy of urban growth and diversity to create sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities.

The Latest from the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Urban Poverty Graduate Student Paper Competition 2015

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Feb 27, 2015
To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016. more

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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Feb 19, 2015
On January 26, 2015, the top three winning authors of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition presented their work at a seminar sponsored by the Wilson Center in collaboration with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, Cities Alliance. Students were paired with experienced urban professionals who commented on students’ research. more

Are We Keeping up With Asia’s Urbanization?

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Feb 19, 2015
There is widespread agreement, and untold publications, that argue urbanization is the defining issue of our time. There are more cities, both large and small, and more people living in those cities than anytime in human history. more
Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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Jan 29, 2015
This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice. more
Urban Opportunities Webcast

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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January 26, 2015 // 1:00pm3:30pm
The Urban Sustainability Laboratory of the Wilson Center joins with USAID, International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance and the World Bank to invite you to a seminar on: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion. more

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