Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion | Wilson Center
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Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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Over the next two decades the number of city dwellers will soar to nearly five billion, 60 percent of the world’s population. Virtually all of this urban growth will occur in cities of the developing world, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services. The profound demographic and economic transformations brought by urbanization are reshaping the world and how it works, demanding research, policies, and practice that reflect a new urban reality.

Recognizing the need to strengthen the ties between urban policymaking and new scholarly work on urban development, and to disseminate evidence-based research on urban programming, the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, the International Housing Coalition, the World Bank and Cities Alliance have teamed together to cosponsor the fifth annual “Reducing Urban Poverty” paper competition for advanced graduate students. 

Please join us for a discussion of cities and climate change, urban resiliency, and measures to ensure inclusive cities. Winning authors of the 2014 Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition will present their solutions-oriented research, with commentary offered by experienced professionals working in the urban sector.


  • Eric Chu

    PhD candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Victor Vergara

    Lead Urban Specialist, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience, World Bank
  • Clifford Amoako

    PhD candidate, Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia
  • Jeff Szuchman

    Acting Deputy Director, Office of Policy, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID
  • Signe Jung Sørensen

    MPA, International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellow, Madagascar
  • Jacob Risner

    Program Manager, International Youth Foundation