Call for Papers (by October 16) – Year of India Conference 

Dates: March 15-17, 2018

An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted and organized by Kennesaw State University in conjunction with our Year of India Program and in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute and the Consulate of India in Atlanta


2017-18  Request for Comparative Urban Research Proposals

The Partnership engages faculty from partnering universities in major cities where there are clear interest and expertise in the study of the social, economic, and political processes driving common and unique urban processes, and generating both urban challenges and opportunities. This Partnership focuses on research projects in which scholars with an expertise in urban issues in Atlanta (and other major American cities), collaborate closely with scholars with expertise in Hong Kong (and Greater China), the major urban areas of South Africa (and other major African cities), and other international research institutions.

By comparing our understandings, policies and challenges in three different national environments, we expect to elucidate the kinds of understandings and interventions that are universal or cross-national in contrast to those that are more locally applicable.  By building a framework of collaborative and comparative research in major world cities on three different continents, we expect to gain a deeper understanding of the urban context and process.


Urban Geography

Sustainable for whom? Green Urban development, environmental gentrification, and the Atlanta Beltline

New paper examines the effect of the Beltline on housing values within one half mile. From 2011 to 2015, depending on the segment of the Beltline, values rose between 17.9 percent and 26.6 percent more for homes within a half-mile of the Beltline than elsewhere. The implications for housing affordability and neighborhood change of projects like the Beltline, and associated policy questions, are addressed.



New Institute Will Raise Atlanta’s Profile In Addressing Urban Issues Worldwide

Georgia State University has created a new Urban Studies Institute headed by Dr. Jan Nijman. Says Nijman “The Urban Studies Institute will conduct interdisciplinary research, create new degree programs and teach about urban resilience, inclusive development and challenges such as mobility.” Read More>>