First installment of the WRR launched at Habitat III

Lauren Zelin of WRI sat down with Sheela Patel of Slum/Shack Dwellers International ahead of the upcoming World Resources Report on Cities.

Alain Bertaud is a senior research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. His main area of research is the impact of markets, transportation, and regulations on urban form.

Urban productivity and creativity increases with the size of labor markets. However, the number of workers in an urban area indicate only the potential size of the labor market.

Professor Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of interventions and imaginaries to make the Southern city more just, open and experimental.

Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and CEO of Global Footprint Network (www.footprintnetwork.org), an international sustainability think-tank.

By 2050 the world population is expected to reach 10 billion people, with 70-80% living in urban areas. At the same time, the availability of natural capital is becoming a limiting factor for sustaining economic activity.

Brian Arbogast is a Director of Global Development for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The number of people in South Asia’s cities rose by 130 million between 2000 and 2011—more than the entire population of Japan. This was linked with an improvement in productivity and a reduction in the incidence of extreme poverty.

As Africa undergoes rapid urban growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity to harness the potential of cities as engines of economic growth.

Jon Kher Kaw is a Senior Urban Development Specialist with the Social, Urban, Resilience and Rural Global Practice at the World Bank Group, based in Washington, DC. He brings with him expertise in integrated urban planning, sustainable development and real estate economics.

Mark Roberts is a Senior Economist with the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, where his work is primarily focused on the South Asia and Latin American and Caribbean regions.

Reliable sanitation is an essential element of any thriving city, a required precursor to economic development and reduction of disease.

Given that 40-70% of cities have people working and living in informality the inability of existing instruments to address their needs aspirations and impact of their invisibility of their lives and that of the city they live in are barely touched in the SDG and Climate change discourse.

Sumila Gulyani, Global Lead for Urban Development Strategy and Analytics at The World Bank

Dr. David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization. He is also a visiting Professor at University College London.

Dr. David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization.

Arturo Ardila-Gomez is Global Lead for Urban Mobility and a Lead Transport Economist and in the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice.

Arturo Ardila-Gomez is Global Lead for Urban Mobility and a Lead Transport Economist and in the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice.

Annette Kim is Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. She also directs SLAB, the Spatial Analysis Laboratory, that advances the visualization of the social sciences for public service.

Somik Lall is a Lead Economist and Program Lead for Urban Development Analytics in Africa for the World Bank.