/ Wednesday Oct 07,2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am

How to Manage Urban Density Post-COVID-19?

Online Event Featuring a Panel Discussion


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought urgency to the need to understand better the dynamics of urban density and examine how cities can overcome the downsides of density to create productive and livable cities through active policy decisions. This is particularly the case in developing countries that are undergoing rapid urbanisation with limited resources.


This online event, hosted in partnership with the International Growth Centre, brings together expertise from urban economics and urban planning with hard-won knowledge of urban practitioners and policymakers to discuss the relationship between urban density and infectious diseases. The panel provides insights into challenges policymakers face while managing urban density in developing cities, especially using spatial and strategic planning. Panelists include:


Jennifer Musisi, Senior Advisor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government 

Tony Venables, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

Priya Manwaring, Country Economist, Researcher, Uganda Team

Shlomo (Solly) Angel, Professor of City Planning, NYU Marron Institute 


Shlomo (Solly) Angel
Program Director / Urban Expansion
Professor of City Planning

Shlomo (Solly) Angel is a Professor of City Planning at the Marron Institute. He leads the NYU Urban Expansion based at the Marron Institute and the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. Angel is an expert on urban development policy, having advised the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He currently focuses on documenting and planning for urban expansion in the developing world.

In 1973, he started a program in Human Settlements Planning and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He taught at the Institute from 1973 to 1983, while researching housing and urban development in the cities of East, South, and Southeast Asia. From the mid-80s to mid-90s, he worked as a housing and urban development consultant to UN-Habitat, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Thailand. In 2000, he published Housing Policy Matters, a comparative study of housing conditions and policies around the world. From 2000 onward, he prepared housing sector assessments of 11 Latin America and Caribbean countries for the IDB and the World Bank.

Angel earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a doctorate in city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley.