Hixon Center Urban Conference

Hixon Center Urban Conference

COVID’s Impact and the Future of Cities

November 5, 2021

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About the Conference

Conference Proceedings

This hybrid conference convened by Yale’s Hixon Center for Urban Ecology will focus on the current and potential future impact of COVID on cities. Yale Professor Frank Snowden will provide the opening talk, Re-imagining Cities during Covid-19: Lessons from Asiatic Cholera. The day-long event will include three panels exploring the relationship between urban living conditions and viral spread; the impact of shifting concentrations of people and capital on real estate investments; and causes and effects of increased utilization of urban natural space. Shannon LaDeau’s closing presentation will center on the role of human-environmental interactions in exacerbating the threats of vector-borne pathogens in urban areas. Non-Yale affiliates may attend virtuallyYale faculty, staff and students may attend the conference in person at Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St.) In-person registration closes on Tuesday, November 2The “Parks, Mental Health, and the Pandemic” panel from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal and has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT. You must attend virtually for the entire length of the 90-minute session to receive these credits. Approval also meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMFTs, LPCs, and licensed psychologists. 

Part 1 Video Recording

Part 2 Video Recording

Schedule of Events



Karen Seto, PhD, Yale School of the Environment

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science; IPCC Working Group III Coordinating Lead Author

Keynote Address "Re-imagining Cities during Covid-19: Lessons from Asiatic Cholera"

Frank Snowden, PhD, Yale University

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History & History of Medicine

Urban Informal Settlements and the Pandemic

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, Drexel University

Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology

Blessing Mberu, African Population and Health Research Center

Senior Research Scientist and Head of Urbanization and Wellbeing

Jason Corburn, PhD, UC Berkeley

Professor and Director of the Institute of Urban & Regional Development and the Center for Global Healthy Cities

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)

David Vlahov, PhD, Yale School of Nursing


Coffee Break


Flows of People & Investments in/out of Cities

Jodie McLean, Edens

Chief Executive Officer

Christina Gaw, Gaw Capital Partners

Managing Principal, Global Head of Capital Markets & Co-Chair of Alternative Investments

Clint Myers, Rise of the Rest Real Estate Initiative


Robert White, Real Capital Analytics

Founder & President

Kevin Gray, Yale School of Management

Lecturer in the Practice of Management

Lunch Break


Parks, Mental Health, and the Pandemic

Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance

Executive Director

Greg Bratman, PhD, University of Washington

Assistant Professor

Sarah Charlop-Powers '09 MEM, Natural Areas Conservancy

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Morgan Grove, PhD '96 PhD, USDA Forest Service's Baltimore Urban Field Station and Yale University

Team Leader and Lecturer

Closing Remarks "Intersecting Poverty with Nature: Shades of Emergent Risk in Temperate Cities"

Shannon LaDeau, PhD, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Senior Scientist