Hixon Center Urban Conference

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Hixon Center Urban Conference

The 21st Century City: Striving Toward a More Equitable & Sustainable Future

November 8, 2019


About the Conference

The goals of the 2019 Hixon Center Conference are to share the latest science on the challenges facing cities in the 21st century; explore potential solutions toward more equitable and sustainable cities.  We will delve into these ideas generated by three external guest speakers and two moderated panels of Yale faculty.  The event will also create an opportunity to foster collaboration across Yale University to advance critical urban research.


Schedule of Events

8:15am to 8:45am

Registration and Coffee

8:45am to 9:00am

Welcome Address

Oswald "Os" Schmitz, PhD, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Oastler Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Senior Associate Dean of Research and Director of Doctoral Studies
9:00am to 9:30am

Opening Keynote: The Great SEA Change in Mobility

Timothy Papandreou, Emerging Transport

9:30am to 11:00am

Investigating Inequities of Urbanism

David Schleicher, JD, Yale Law School

Elihu Rubin, PhD, Yale School of Architecture

Erik Harms, PhD, Yale College Department of Anthropology

Kate Cooney, PhD, Yale School of Management

Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise and Management
11:00am to 11:20am

Coffee Break

11:20am to 11:50am

Governing the Flooding, Hot, Metropolis: Can Urban Research and Policy Innovation Help Us Prepare For the Future?

Christina Rosan, PhD, Temple University

Associate Professor
11:50am to 1:30pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Exploring Urgent Challenges of Global Urban Growth

Mushfiq Mobarak, PhD, Yale School of Management

Albert Ko, MD, Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health

Raj and Indra Nooyi Professor of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Karen Seto, PhD, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography & Urbanization Science

Sara Smiley Smith, PhD, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Research, and Sustainability
3:00pm to 3:30pm

Closing Keynote: Governance, Transport, and Equity

Diane E. Davis, PhD, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design

Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design