About Laura Wolf-Powers
Recently published: Public Action, Public Value: Investing in a just and equitable Gowanus neighborhood rezoning (Pratt Center for Community Development, with Sydney Céspedes and Elena Conte) https://www.prattcenter.net/research/public-action-public-value; Opportunities and risks of localized industrial policy: the case of “maker-entrepreneurial ecosystems” in the United States (Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, with Greg Schrock). Reclaim Value Capture for Equitable Urban Development (Metropolitics, May 28, 2019) Appetite for Growth: Challenges to Scale for Food and Beverage Makers in Three U.S. Cities (Economic Development Quarterly, 2019, with Greg Schrock, Marc Doussard and others);Who Works in a Working Region? Inclusive Innovation in the New Manufacturing Economy (Regional Studies, with Nichola Lowe, 2018); User fees and the permeability of public space at municipal pools and bathhouses in New York City, 1870 – present (Urban Geography, with Naomi Adiv, 2018); Book project: University City: Surfacing History in the Time of the Innovation District on university-led redevelopment and neighborhood change in West Philadelphia's University City.
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 am a member of the editorial board of the online open access journal Metropolitics and was its Editorial Director from 2016-2018. I am an academic consultant to the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and the Pratt Center for Community Development.
|January 2016 - May 2016||Visiting Lecturer in Urban Planning, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA|
|October 2015||Visiting Research Scholar, The Graduate Center, City University of New York|
urban and community development practice and policy, political economy of urban development', urban manufacturing policy, labor markets and workforce development, and planning theory
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
- Metropolitan Labor Markets and Workforce Development
- Introduction to Community and Economic Development
- Techniques of Urban Economic Development Policy
- Public and Private Development
|September 1997 - June 2003||PhD, Urban Planning and Policy, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway ‐ Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy|
|September 1995 - May 1997||MPA with certificate in Urban Planning, Princeton University ‐ Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs|
|September 1986 - May 1990||BA summa cum laude in American Studies, Yale College ‐ Department of American Studies|
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Recent Works (3)
Labor Markets and Workforce Development (11)
Community and Economic Development Policy and Politics (22)
Contribution to Book
New York City's community-based housing movement: achievements and prospects
Community Action and Planning: Contexts, drivers and outcomes (2014)
A contribution to the book about the relationship of community-based activism to planning, this paper, highlights the experience of community-based ...
Contribution to Book
Economic Development: Resolving the Parallel Universe Dilemma
Toward a 21st Century for All: Progressive Policies for New York City in 2013 and Beyond (2013)
New York City’s stunning economic development progress in recent years coexists with severe poverty and with the chronic disconnection of ...