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About Laura Wolf-Powers

Editorial director, Metropolitics. Recently published: "Food Deserts and Real Estate-Led Social Policy." (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research); "Who Works in a Working Region? Inclusive Innovation in the New Manufacturing Economy" (Regional Studies, with Nichola Lowe). Three-city study of maker economies available at urbanmakereconomy.org (funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's research program on metropolitan entrepreneurship). Book project, From Promise Zone to Innovation District, on neighborhood change and social mobilization in West Philadelphia.

My goal is to make practical and creative contributions to academic and public conversations about how planning can increase opportunity and equity in cities. My research focuses on community and neighborhood revitalization (urban redevelopment policy, community benefits agreements, the history and politics of community development) and on jobs and employment (local labor markets, human capital policy, and the jobs impact of local economic development strategies). My work explores the challenges of planning for neighborhood revitalization under conditions of structural social inequality, and offers insights into how urban politics are mediated through policies governing the built environment. It also considers how planners and civil society organizations influence urban policy. My articles have been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Environment and Planning A, Community Development Journal, Urban Studies, Planning Theory and Practice, and Economic Development Quarterly as well as in numerous edited volumes. I also have administrative and project management experience in higher education.

Positions

October 2015 Present Visiting Research Scholar, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
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January 2016May 2016 Visiting Lecturer in Urban Planning, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

urban and community development practice and policy, political economy of urban development', urban manufacturing policy, labor markets and workforce development, and planning theory

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Honors and Awards

  • Susan S. Fainstein award for outstanding doctoral scholarship, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University 2003
  • Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2004
  • First place winner, economic development category, National Urban Policy Initiatives Competition (with Dr. Marla K. Nelson). 2008
  • G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching. School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, 2011

Courses

  • Metropolitan Labor Markets and Workforce Development
  • Introduction to Community and Economic Development
  • Techniques of Urban Economic Development Policy
  • Public and Private Development

Education

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September 1997June 2003 PhD, Urban Planning and Policy, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway ‐ Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy
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September 1995May 1997 MPA with certificate in Urban Planning, Princeton University ‐ Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
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September 1986May 1990 BA summa cum laude in American Studies, Yale College ‐ Department of American Studies
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Contact Information

365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016


Recent Works (6)

Labor Markets and Workforce Development (11)

Community and Economic Development Policy and Politics (22)