Fall 2012

Semester Start Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012

What Works for Green Cities

In cities across the country, bike-sharing plans, tree-planting initiatives, and other programs aimed at enhancing urban sustainability are becoming increasingly popular. As mayors consider how to design and implement their own programs, they can turn for guidance to a series of MIT assessments of what kinds of programs have worked — and not worked — in other cities and why. The MIT director of the assessment project is now developing a systematic, user-friendly method of presenting this information as well as a protocol that will permit easy or even automatic updating of the content.

Rethinking Development Lecture Series: Chasing Fast Policy, a talk by Jamie Peck

Jamie Peck, is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy, Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia. His research interests include: Political economy, urban and regional restructuring, theories of economic regulation and transformation, policymaking and statecraft, labor studies, neoliberalization, and governance. His publications include:Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (2010),Work-place: the social regulation of labor markets (1996). 


Rethinking Development Lecture Series: Growth Collapses, a talk by Rodrigo Wagner

Rodrigo Wagner is assistant professor of Economics at Tufts University and received his PhD from Harvard University. His research interests include international economics, political economy, entrepreneurship, fiscal policy and public finance. His publications include "What is the Weakest Link for Entrepreneurial Activity in Burundi" and "Growth Collapses" (with Ricardo Hausmann)

Activism in Handcuffs: Contention in China's Underground Civil Society - a talk by Diana Fu

Diana Fu is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and holds a PhD from Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she recently served as a political science research fellow. Her research interests encompass state-society relations in authoritarian regimes, civil society, governance, and labor contention. She will be completing a series of journal articles about civil society and authoritarian governance in China.

Mechanism and Context: On Economic Recipes - A talk by Anush Kapadia

The talk will reframe the question of economic growth and transformation by thinking with and against Dani Rodrik's One Economics, Many Recipes. Drawing on the work of the late Alice Amsden, the central argument is that the “universal principles” Rodrik claims for neoclassical economics are in fact specific solutions to generic problems of control and coordination.

Global Networking of the Urban Poor: Against and Beyond Eviction

Rose Molokoane (South Africa) and Sonia Fadrigo (Philippines), community-based coordinators of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI). SDI is a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Funding co-sponsors are: International Development Group, Housing, Community & Economic Development Group, Program on Human Rights & Justice, Center for International Studies. Supporting sponsors: urbanAfrica@MIT, Displacement Action & Research Network.

Competing Roads to Democracy: Boston's Fight to Stop I-95

This talk will consider how a 1960s urban social movement successfullydefeated an interstate highway system and redefined the region's commitment to
citizen participation in transportation planning. Against the historical
backdrop of urban renewal's multiple failures, the civil rights movement's
political swing from racial integrationism to Black Power and the anti-war
movement's refocus on urban domestic issues, this talk will consider how
competing conceptions of democracy ultimately forged a new development
trajectory for the Massachusetts region. 

Jarrett Walker: Human Transit, CDD Fall Forum.

Human Transit: Public Transportation & Personal Freedom

Jarrett Walker

$25M to Establish New USAID program

MIT will receive up to $25 million in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of a new five-year project intended to fight poverty by developing and evaluating useful technologies for communities around the globe.

“People here really care about doing something for the world’s poor,” says Bish Sanyal, the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning in DUSP, who is one of the leaders of the Institute’s participation in the project.

"Doing Development" by Professor Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik is Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Govenrment, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on institutional reform in the world economy and in developing countries. He is the recipient of the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Sciences Research Council and of the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.