Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
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Urban Governance

The establishment, expansion, and sustenance of urban locales are central to human development worldwide.  Our work in this area includes research on the comparative experience of rapid urbanization across 19th century America, 21st century India, and 21st century China; the resolution of land-use rights and the management of urban slums in contemporary Latin America and India; the use of data analytics to measure and improve governance and public goods provision in Providence, RI, and beyond; and the relationship between city-suburban politics and metropolitan inequalities across the United States.  This research aims to reframe questions through the juxtaposition of unusual regional and global comparisons, all while remaining firmly grounded in field-intensive data collection and deep empirical investigation.

Current Projects

Comparative Rapid Urbanization

Data analytics, cyber and the public good

Unequal Cities