Virtual Weitzman School Talk: Cities and Pandemics

Virtual Weitzman School Talk: Cities and Pandemics

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Weitzman School Talk: Cities and Pandemics

Thursday, April 23, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm (ET)

Join the Weitzman School of Design Office of Development and Alumni Relations for a virtual talk exploring urban planning in the context of the global pandemic.

Registration Required.

Eugenie Birch
Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research & Education and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research

Megan Ryerson
UPS Chair of Transportation, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Weitzman School and Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

About the Speakers:

Eugenie Birch
Professor Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education. She teaches courses in global urbanization and the doctoral seminar and serves as chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, co-editor, City in the 21st Century Series, University of Penn Press and co-editor, SSRN Urban Research e-journal. She is currently engaged in a multi-center study “City Climate Resilient Infrastructure Finance,” involving work with Freetown, Sierra Leone, Accra, Ghana, and the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), in partnership with City Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, the global project preparation initiative involving the World Bank and other funders. Her latest book is Slums, How Informal Real Estate Markets Work. Birch received her Ph.D. and M.S.U.P. from Columbia University and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.

Recent Article Featuring Professor Birch
How Philly’s neighborhoods can help us understand pandemics
David Barnes of the School of Arts and Sciences, Eugenie Birch of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and Susan Wachter of the Wharton School weighed in on how Philadelphia has historically handled epidemics, how these approaches have shaped the city over time, and what can be done now to manage COVID-19.

Megan Ryerson
Professor Ryerson is the UPS Chair of Transportation and an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed Associate Dean for Research of the Weitzman School in 2018. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Article Featuring Professor Ryerson
Dinner and a Movie
Weitzman School’s Megan Ryerson invites students to remotely join in her family’s activities.