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Research Projects

Research Projects


Forthcoming research publications, and projects that are submission-ready, include:

  1. In the Journal of Planning Literature, and based on fieldwork drawn from my Columbia University dissertation, an investigation into the generative potential of resident repurposing to serve as a prototype or 'next practice' for the field of planning in the 21st century. 

  2. With two co-authors from Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Katharina Liesenberg and Michael Lucas, a paper about the democratic content of problem-solving inherent to informal, everyday practices of minoritized communities globally. 

  3. With Counterpath Press, a monograph focused on Columbia University's Manhattanville campus expansion and personal reflections on course pedagogy and urban planning education at Columbia as it relates to the project. 


Early-stage or ongoing research projects include:

  1. With the Washington, D.C.-based Eno Center for Transportation, two short essays on U.S. Presidents' transportation policies. 

  2. In collaboration with local researchers in Mahikeng, North-West, South Africa, and faculty at North-West University (NWU), a critical historical symposium into the life and legacy of Lucas Mangope, the former President of the Bophuthatswana Bantustan;

  3. An examination of “special districts” in Colorado in comparison with municipal governments, drawing on theoretical and empirical methods;

  4. With Prof. Elliott Sclar, an archival investigation of the 1948 Nairobi capital plan, crafted by British and South African planners and a window into a world-historical moment and subjectivity; 

  5. An engagement with the photography of South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and his work on securitization in Johannesburg;

  6. With the Bloomberg Center for Cities' Quinton Mayne and Fernando Fernandez-Monge Cortazar, a research project critically framing and understanding the ecosystem of public-sector innovation (PSI) globally, attending to definitions and approaches to innovation, administrative regime type, and leadership characteristics of 'innovators.' 

  7. An early-stage theoretical and empirical foray into Colorado neighborhood, municipal, and regional plans and planning processes, and how residents successfully engage and shape these plans at various scales. 

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