Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Bish Sanyal is the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS)/ Hubert Humphrey program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT from 1994 to 2002 and was the chair of the MIT faculty from 2007 to 2009. Prof. Sanyal was awarded MIT’s prestigious award for teaching – the MacVicar Faculty Award in 2011. Prof. Sanyal’s research, teaching and academic leadership reflect his multidisciplinary education in Architecture (B.A.), Urban Planning (MUP), and International Development Planning (PhD).
After joining MIT, Prof. Sanyal has served as a consultant for UNDP, ILO, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, USAID, IADB, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition, Prof Sanyal has advised national governments on housing policies and planning education in South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. At present, Prof. Sanyal is advising the World Bank on a new initiative to evaluate the World Bank’s impact on influencing urban growth in developing countries.
He recently completed a $10-million research project to create a comprehensive initiative on technology evaluation (CITE) at MIT. Prof. Sanyal is currently engaged in completing two book manuscripts, titled Hidden Successes: Good Bureaucratic Performance in Developing Nations and Transfer of Planning Ideas: Why Some Work While Others Fail. In addition, he is working on a book on the History of International Development Planning Education in U.S. universities.
University College London, Professor of Transformative Urban Planning, Bartlett Development Planning Unit
Professor Caren Levy is Professor of Transformative Urban Planning at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London (UCL) and former Director of the DPU. She is an urban development planner with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research, training and consultancy. She works on planning, community-led development and governance with a focus on housing, infrastructure and transport, and land management in urban areas in the Global South. She has a special interest in the institutionalisation of social justice in policy and planning, particularly related to the crosscutting issues of gender, diversity and the environment. Strongly linked to practice, she also explores and develops innovative approaches to planning methodology, planning education and capacity building, and mainstreaming social justice in organisational development. She works in London and in a range of cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East with communities, governments and international organisations.
Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies and Director of Asia Programs, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Devesh Kapur is Director of the Asia Programme at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. From 2006 to 2018, he was the Director of CASI, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and held the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India. Prior to that, he has been Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University.
His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries, especially India. His book ‘Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India’, published by Princeton University Press in 2010, earned him a Distinguished Book Award from the International Studies Association. His recent books include ‘The Other One Percent: Indians in America’, (co-authored with Nirvikar Singh, and Sanjoy Chakravorty), and published in 2016 by Oxford University Press; The ‘Costs of Democracy: Political Finance in India’, (co-edited with Milan Vaishnav) and published in 2018 by Oxford University Press; and ‘Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance’ (co-edited with Madhav Khosla), Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law, published in 2019.
Director, African Centre for Cities (ACC) and South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, University of Cape Town
Professor Edgar Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer, curator and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make the African city more just, open and accessible. He holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town and is Director of the African Centre for Cities. Formerly a special policy advisor to the premier of the Western Cape, Professor Pieterse is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008), and New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times (2017), co-authored with A M Simone. He is also co-editor of Africa’s Urban Revolution (2014) and Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (2013). He is a member of the Research Advisory Committees of the Gauteng City-region Observatory and LSE Cities. He was co-lead author of the Urban Chapter for the International Panel on Social Progress.