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Atul Pokharel

Atul Pokharel

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2014-2016


Atul Pokharel is an Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Atul studies the comparative political economy of infrastructure governance, and the community maintenance of shared resources, both physical and digital. His areas of expertise include Urban Governance, International Development Planning, and Political Economy.  His first book examines the role of fairness in the community maintenance of shared physical infrastructure commons. His research interests also include free and open source software, improving crowdsourced data collection for use by municipal agencies, and the “greening” of transportation systems in global cities.  Most recently, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. 

Atul holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Princeton University with a minor in Applied and Computational Mathematics.