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About Yonn Dierwechter

Yonn Dierwechter is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. His research focuses on the emerging geographies of comparative metropolitan planning practices; state/space relationships; and the links between urban growth management/smartness, sustainability policies, internationalism, and comparative city-regionalism. Yonn’s major books include: ‘The Urbanization of Green Internationalism’ (2019, Palgrave); ‘Smart transitions in city-regionalism: territory, politics, and the quest for competitiveness and sustainability’ (2018, Routledge, with Tassilo Herrschel); ‘Urban sustainability through smart growth: planning, intercurrence and the geographies of regional development across Greater Seattle’ (Springer, 2017); and ‘Urban growth management and its discontents: promises, practices, and geopolitics in US city-regions’ (Palgrave, 2008) He has published extensively in journals such as Geoforum, Urban Geography, The Journal of Urbanism, Environment and Planning A, The Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Professional Geographer, Space and Polity, Terrritorio, Social Science Journal, Regions, and International Development Planning Review, among other scholarly outlets. Before his academic career, Yonn taught in China, worked as a community development planner in early post-apartheid South Africa, and served as a state legislative policy analyst in Indiana. Since joining the faculty in September, 2001, he has consulted extensively with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and has also served on multiple civic bodies for the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, and University Place. In the classroom, he teaches courses in the Urban Studies and Sustainable Urban Development, including Cities in World Development, Land Use Planning, Understanding Metropolitan Regions, and Green Internationalism; he is also responsible for teaching Planning Theory and Practice in the graduate program in Community Planning. Yonn holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is the 2014 winner of UWT’s Distinguished Research Award and was also recently awarded a Canada Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Calgary in 2019, where he plans to work on the social and environmental implications of smart cities with members of the Smart Cities Research Group.


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