To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, Cities Alliance, IHC - Global Coalition for Inclusive Housing and Sustainable Cities, USAID, the Wilson Center, and the World Bank are co-sponsoring the 7th annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world.

The grand prize winner will receive a travel stipend to attend the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

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:

  • Climate Change
  • Arrival Cities: Responding to Migrants and Refugees
  • Innovation in Urban Planning 
  • Financing Sustainable Urban Development

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. 

Abstracts (maximum of 500 words) are due May 15, 2016. For more information, see attached file.