Cities in Transformation Research Initiative

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. We welcome participation from everyone working in these areas.

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Transforming Cities: Cities and Sustainability Mini-Course

February 5-7, 2021 | All Day

This course continues our series on cities, focusing on how cities can be transformed through an innovative focus on health, sustainability, and climate change. Cities can play a significant role in tackling climate change through promoting low-emissions growth and clean energy and adopting sustainable approaches to resource utilization, transportation, and consumption -- all of which also promote the health of their residents. Led by Pitt and CMU faculty and by practitioners working in the field, the course is a must for anyone concerned with the future of cities and of our planet!


Past Mini-Course

Smart Cities and Technology, March 20-22, 2020

This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the influence of multinational corporations on cities; the rise of privacy issues in relation to adoption of technology within cities and homes; the replacement of human labor and access to employment; the role of technology on urban planning, among others. 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.




K. Lieder


Dr. Lieder is the UCIS Visiting Professor in Contemporary Global Issues starting fall of 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies and minor Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her primary focus and interests concern Performance Studies, Global South Asia, Feminist and Queer Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Trauma and Sexual Violence Studies, Global Feminist Protest, Devising, and Directing.

Contact About: Global Feminism, Incorporating Global Issues into classroom and extracurricular planning


Michael Goodhart

Michael Goodhart is Professor of Political Science, and he holds secondary appointments in Philosophy and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. His current research focuses on questions to do with global injustice and responsibility for injustice.  He is also interested in thinking about new modes of political theorizing for the Anthropocene. His core intellectual interests are in the theory and practice of democracy and human rights in the context of globalization and in related questions concerning global justice, democratic governance, and political responsibility at the transnational level.
Dr. Goodhart is co-president of the Association for Political Theory; he is an affiliate of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, a member of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and sits on several editorial boards. In 2008-2009 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow and Guest Professor in the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. 

Contact about: GSC Research Initiatives, Ideas about Interdiciplinary Projects and Collaboration