About the Conference
Join us as we explore the politics of land and value through a set of global case studies and consider how to build an urban future more justly.
The two day in-person case study conference will take place on September 22nd and 23rd, 2022. It includes three paper panels and a keynote address by Professor Sai Balakrishnan at the University of California, author of Shareholder Cities: Land Transformation Along Urban Corridors in India (2019, University of Pennsylvania Press). This conference seeks to engage a conversation with activists, students, and scholars who are interested in the questions related to land development, value capture, value conflicts, participatory democracy, and the city’s social futures.
Mi Shih is an associate professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Her research includes two major areas. Using mixed methods, the first area explores informal housing, the politics of land value creation and capture, and the relationship between the role of the developmental state and democratic planning in Taiwan. The second area uses ethnographic methods to understand displacement, peri-urban transformation, social and political governance of land conflicts in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China. Mi has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Planning Theory & Practice, Urban Geography, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Planning Practice & Research, Environment and Planning A. She is currently working on several case studies that explore the intersection between technocratic planning, land politics, and democratic participation in state-led urban development.
Kathe Newman is a Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York. Her research explores urban change, what it is, why it happens, and what it means. Her work has explored gentrification, foreclosure, urban redevelopment, food security, community economic development and community participation. Kathe has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review, Shelterforce, Progress in Human Geography, Housing Studies, GeoJournal, and Environment and Planning A. She is currently an editor of Environment and Planning A.
Andrea (Zixuan) He
Andrea (Zixuan) He is a graduate student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at the Bloustein School. Before joining the Bloustein school, she studied Architectural Design and Art History at MassArt in Boston. Exploring art and architecture in different cities led her to pursue urban planning. She is interested in urban informatics, international development, and spatial design. During her free time, she likes to illustrate what she sees in cities and bridge the urban environment with her artistic mind.
Nadia A. Mian
Nadia A. Mian is Senior Program Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement and a Lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She holds a PhD from The New School, and Masters in Environmental Studies, where she specialized in urban planning from York University in Toronto, Canada. She previously taught at New York University, The New School, and Columbia University, where she was Managing Editor of the journal, City & Community. Her research focuses on urban policy, redevelopment, housing, sustainability, and neighborhood change. Her latest research examines how faith-based institutions are using their property to build affordable housing, and at the same time advocate for and change land use, zoning and housing policy. Passionate about urban planning and community development, Nadia is a member of the Planning Board and Environmental Commission in Hanover Township, New Jersey.
Tamara Swedberg is the Instructional Technology Specialist at the Edward J. Bloustein School of planning and Public Policy. She will serve as the main technical guide for the online conference. Please reach out to her at email@example.com or 848-932-2947 if you have any technical difficulties.