Past Events

September 6 Atlanta Regional Housing Forum


The Forum focused on the City’s affordable housing crisis across the spectrum of needs – from Atlanta’s homeless population to workforce housing.

Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Food Well Alliance served as moderator.

The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum is a free event, but registration is requested Register Here


July 17 “Who is Atlanta Building for?”


Panel hosted by Center for Civic Innovation and Our Future Atlanta on July 18, 2017. Panelists consisted of scholars and practitioners from: social work, policy, and non profits-  who are actively involved in researching/crafting new solutions to gentrification and affordable housing.

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May 25 The Dynamic City: The Trends and Relationships Impacting Your Bottom Line


Retired Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart and Distinguished University Professor and Director of Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute discussed how today’s urban challenges are transforming cities, communities, and businesses, and how their interplay impacts economies and communities.


April 10-12 Hope Global Forums Annual Meeting


HOPE Global Forums are an initiative of Operation HOPE, the nation’s first nonprofit, financial services network for underserved communities. The Annual meeting is an event that aims to gather leaders in the world on behalf of empowering poor and underserved communities.

Dr. Nijman was a panelist on “Next Generation Cities: Transforming the Urban Ecosystem” along with Claire Collobert Angelle, David R. McGhee, Egbert Perry, and Maria Saporta.

Synopsis: A hundred years ago, city dwellers were a minority in the global population. In just a few decades, the balance will have shifted to the point where nearly 3/4 of the world’s population will reside in cities. Some 600 cities worldwide form the nucleus of our interconnected global economy.

Today’s cities are sprawling, dense, diverse places that due to necessity or imagination are reinventing themselves in new and exciting ways. What will these cities look like? How can technology be applied to renew infrastructure and increase economic opportunity? How do cities ensure economic growth is inclusive growth? What role does government have in advancing sustainable, liveable urban communities?


March 22 – The World and the City in the 21st Century


Hosted by Dr. Jan Nijman, Director, Urban Studies Institute, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies; interviewed by Dr. Mary Beth Walker, Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Synopsis: Global and urban research once were positioned at opposite ends of a scalar spectrum but now they are increasingly entwined. Major urban regions form the building blocks of a global economy (and culture) that is ever more integrated. Understanding cities requires an understanding of global processes, and vice versa. In this GPS event, professor Jan Nijman, director of GSU’s new Urban Studies Institute, reflects on his international research experience in Amsterdam, Miami, Mumbai and Hong Kong, and discusses where Atlanta fits in the work at the new Institute.