To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, and Cities Alliance are pleased to sponsor the 5th Annual Urban Poverty Paper Competition, calling on current Master's and PhD students to submit paper abstracts on topics relating to 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 at the Wilson Center. In addition, a grand prize winner will receive a travel stipend to present the paper at a Cities Alliance Forum in Brussels.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is April 30, 2014. 

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

  • Cities and Climate Change
  • Urban Resiliency
  • Inclusive Cities
  • Impacts of the Informal Economy

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, governance, emergency services, and public health.

For detailed competition guidelines and requirements, and further information on the sub-topics, please see the attached call for papers.