/ Monday Nov 23,2020
1:30 am - 9:30 am

Rural to Urban Migration and Urban Expansion Planning


Join Cities Alliance, the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and Jigjiga University for a Regional Dialogue, "Rural to Urban Migration and Urban Expansion Planning," November 23 and 24 from 9:30AM East Africa Time. 

The regional dialogue is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It will convene international experts and ministerial and city stakeholders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda to discuss planning approaches which make room for a growing urban population in secondary cities. This approach was pioneered by NYU Marron Institute (NYU Stern Urbanization Project) and the Government of Ethiopia in a group of Ethiopian secondary cities and is now being expanded to include additional cities in Uganda and Somalia. 

Cities in the developing world are expected to add approximately 2 billion people in the next 30 years. This will drive horizontal growth as cities consume more land to accommodate these new residents. Making room for urban expansion plays a critical role in accommodating rural to urban migrants by helping secondary cities with limited resources lay out new areas for growth, before development happens. 

Webinar Access

Access Zoom: Monday 23 November: 

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Patrick Lamson-Hall
Research Scholar / Urban Expansion

Patrick Lamson-Hall is an urban planner and a research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. He has contributed to the development of the Atlas of Urban Expansion: 2016 Edition, a groundbreaking and original study of the dynamics of global urban growth. He manages the India Urban Expansion Observatory, a 30-person research facility located in Mumbai, India. He is also the New York-based coordinator of the Ethiopia Urban Expansion Initiative, a project to implement long-term spatial plans in 16 Ethiopian cities. He coordinates the Climate Smart Cities: Grenada program, a collaboration with the Green Climate Fund.

Mr. Lamson-Hall holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and is currently a PhD candidate at the Wagner School. In addition to his work at NYU, he has contributed to the crafting of the sustainable development goals as an expert urban planner, has collaborated with UN-Habitat on the writing of a methodology for the assessment of public open space, and has shaped new strategies for the evaluation of cities using high-resolution satellite imagery. His other research interests include alternative transportation, special economic zones, and the measurement of urban density. He is from Eugene, Oregon and now lives in Newark, New Jersey.

Nicolás Galarza
Affiliate Scholar / Urban Expansion

Nicolás Galarza is the Deputy Minister of the Environment at the Republic of Colombia. Previoulsy he was a research scholar in the Urban Expansion program of the NYU Marron Institute. Nicolás holds a Masters of Urban Planning from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Prior to pursuing his Masters in New York City, Nicolás served as advisor to the Program Director of the National Poverty Alleviation Strategy and to the High Presidential Commissioner for Social Action on Civic Technology and Innovation in his native Colombia.

Angela Hawken
Director / NYU Marron Institute
Program Director / Litmus
Professor of Public Policy / NYU Marron Institute

Angela Hawken, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Policy and Director of the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management. She is the founding director of NYU’s BetaGov, which supports innovation-and-testing for social good. Her team of research and practice scholars, along with a growing cadre of NYU graduate students, works closely with state and local agencies, schools, and nonprofits across 32 states and six countries in developing and testing practices, policies, and new technologies. She is dedicated to partnering with “pracademics” on rapid-cycle innovation and experimentation, empowering practitioners and the people they serve with a central role so that research is performed with them. She directs a community-supervision resource center for the US Department of Justice and the NYU Opioid Collaborative, which works with justice agencies in six states on designing, implementing, and testing responses to the opioid crisis. Most recently, her team is helping prosecutors to harness their own data for equitable decisionmaking, through analysis and decision-support tools. And it works with corrections, parole, and social-service agencies to help returning citizens succeed by supporting a graduated reintegration, which entails an early release from prison into stable housing and supportive services in the community. Prior to joining NYU, she was a Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, a Research Economist at UCLA, and an Associate Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. For the US Department of State, she trained mid-career civil servants in Georgia on policy analysis, and for UNDP, she developed cross-country measurement instruments on corruption and gender inequality for Human Development Reports. In Afghanistan, she had a central role in developing a corruption-monitoring system, also for UNDP. She has a B.S. and an Honours degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.