Cities: International Scholars Provide Insight into Global Issues at New Urban Studies Conference
Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute welcomed over 100 international presenters to its first Comparative Urbanism: Global Perspectives Conference in Atlanta on March 7 and 8.
“We brought together urban scholars from around the world to discuss different urban developments,” said Johannes Nijman, director of the in the Andrew Young of Policy Studies. “Our question was, ‘How are cities around the world becoming more alike and how are they on different paths?’”
To help answer this question, the two-day conference offered nearly 20 parallel sessions covering both theory and contemporary discourse in subjects ranging from urban resilience to urban land financing to immigrant entrepreneurship and climate change.
Participating scholars came from global institutions including University of Amsterdam, Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, University of Pompeu Fabra, HafenCity University, University of British Columbia, IIT Bombay, and Universidade de Brasilla, among others. The diverse set of panelists also included experts from well-known U.S. universities such as Cornell, UCLA, Berkeley, Clemson and the University of Illinois.