Cities in Transformation Initiative (CTI)

Our Cities in Transformation Initiative (CTI) seeks to coordinate and catalyze research on global urban transformations, historical and contemporary.  This interdisciplinary initiative encompasses research related to society and culture, economics and governance, ecology and sustainability, health and human well-being, rights and social justice, and energy, data, and infrastructure, and we welcome participation from everyone working in these areas.

Cities on the Gobal Edge

March 18, 2019 5PM 2500 Posvar Hall; 6:15PM Reception

This special event led by Provost Cudd is a discussion about the many ways cities are being shaped by the forces of globalization.
This unique program will use Vice Provost Ariel Armony's new University of California Press book, The Global Edge: Miami in the Twenty-First Century, co-authored with Alejandro Portes, as a launching point to explore the social, economic, and cultural transformation of Miami and Pittsburgh – past and present.
Portes (Princeton University and University of Miami) will join in discussing issues of social justice, economic development, technology, migration, and the environment that arise from globalization as cities are built and rebuilt. The dialogue will allow for ample time for audience participation.
5:00 pm Program
6:15 Reception

Transforming Cities: Global Cities Mini Course

March 22-24, 2019, 100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.  This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the role cities can have on climate change, low-emission growth and clean energy; the importance of access to resources; the need for sustainable transportation; the practices of sustainable consumption; among others. For more information and to register:


After Suburbia: Research and Action in the Suburban Century

March 26, 2019, 12PM Posvar 4130 

Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, the crucial aspect of 21st century urban development is suburbanization - defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes all manner of peripheral growth: from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America.

Professor Roger Keil (York University), author of Suburban Planet, presents the current strands of global research on suburbanization, and discusses the consequences of the suburban century for scholars, activists, and citizens.

Veronica Dristas