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Cities Initiative

About This Initiative

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social affairs predicts that by 2050 almost 70% of the world’s population will be part of massive urban networks.  As these metropolitan centers grow, the demand will rise for services such as water, sewer, electricity, waste disposal, transportation, and social services, creating a myriad of development, economic, and environmental issues.  These complex challenges that cities will face cannot be solved by one type of professional working in isolation.

Georgia State University has an extensive network of faculty researching these complex issues and developing innovative solutions.  The cities initiative seeks to bring these faculty together so that these issues can be studied and tackled from an interdisciplinary perspective, generating new and innovative solutions that can be put into practice in metro Atlanta and serve as a model for the rest of the world, whereby solidifying GSU’s reputation as a leader in urban research.

Cities Coordinating Council Members

Representing Group 1: Governance, Planning & Infrastructure

Representing Group 2: Economic & Business Development

Representing Group 3: Human Capital Development