"Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing" is a chapter of the World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City.The study focuses on three actionable approaches city officials can use to address the housing crisis, while highlighting specific examples from around the world: (1) Utilizing participatory approaches to improving housing without relocating residents to the urban periphery (in situ upgrading); (2) Expanding rental markets for people across all income levels; and (3) Converting under-utilized, centrally located urban land into affordable housing in cities.
Robin King is the Director of Knowledge Capture and Collaboration at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. In this role, she promotes collaboration across WRI’s international network to better integrate urban planning, land use, and sustainable transportation using her experience working in policy matters in the Americas and Asia.
Prior to WRI, she worked as Principal Research Scholar at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), in Bangalore, India, where she helped lead the Next Generation Infrastructure Laboratory since August 2008. She also is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. Previously, she served as Academic Director of the Masters Program in Latin American Studies in SFS at Georgetown, and held posts at the G7 Group, the Organization of American States, the US Department of State, and Mellon Bank.
She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She spent a year as a Rotary Exchange student in Oruro, Bolivia, and more than a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.