To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring a fourth annual paper competition. The competition seeks abstracts for a paper competition on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in November, 2013.

The grand prize winner will also receive $1000.

Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to urban poverty.

Papers must be linked to one of the following sub-topics:

  • Gender and Urban Development
  • Big Data for Smarter Urban Development
  • Incremental Housing Approaches

Papers from a variety of perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to) urban planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, law, sociology, environment, anthropology,  housing policy, information science, and data analytics. 

For more information, see attached file.