Active Research Projects:

This project investigates emergent urban formations in India. There is circumstantial evidence of significant urban growth at India’s rural-urban transition, in the lower echelons of the urban system, but it is only partially reflected in traditional census data and little is known about emergent urban forms and the socio-economic drivers and consequences. The project shifts attention from the country’s megacities (the have witnessed stagnant growth rates in the past decades) to more dispersed patterns of accelerating urbanization in what used to be mainly rural environs, that could involve hundreds of million of people. The project involves remote sensing analysis along with socio-economic fieldwork on the ground in West Bengal and Bihar.

Research team and affiliated institutions: Jan Nijman (USI), Robbin-Jan van Duijne (U of Amsterdam), Shubhagato Dasgupta (CPR, Delhi).

External research funding: NWO (Dutch National Science Foundation), 2017-2020.

Imagining the 21st Century Urban University promotes critical, policy-relevant dialogue on the role of universities, and their relationship with cities, in a rapidly urbanizing and globalizing world. It is now a well-worn adage that we now live in an ‘urban age’ with more than half the world’s population living in cities. This purported epochal transition raises unprecedented opportunities for universities to apply their expertise, influence policy agendas, and assume critical positions as urban leaders on the globe stage. Yet it also presents profound challenges for academic institutions, both in terms of the changing expectations and functions placed on higher education and where in the world – and the city – university adaptions need to proactively unfold. Through empirical research and workshop discussions held in Atlanta, Singapore and Cape Town, South Africa, global perspectives from academic researchers, university administrators, and public policy officials provide a portrait of cutting-edge developments at the interface of higher education and urban society. In doing so, the project offers an opportunity to reappraise the university as a crucial collective actor both responding to and reshaping the landscapes of global urbanization.

Research team and affiliated institutions: Jean-Paul Addie (Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University).

This project investigates how LGBTQ youths make their initial social network connections, when and where they become integrated into the urban LGBQ communities, and what social consequences are for those who follow different pathways of integration into urban LGBTQ communities; examining urban cities such as Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Cape Town. To fully understand these complex, multi-level, and dynamic processes, this research project asserts that we need to take a comparative urbanist approach that draws on insights from multiple disciplines, notably sociology; urban geography; community psychology; women’s, gender, sexuality studies; and public health.

Research team and affiliated institutions: Eric R. Wright (Georgia State University), Day K. Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University), Yiu-Tung Suen (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Bradley Rink (University of Western Cape), Tamara Shefer (University of Western Cape), Alan Mablin (University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg)

This project investigates the gap between the global North and South water governances. The project addresses the gap by comparing water governance regimes in Atlanta (USA) and Accra (Ghana). Accra (Ghana). By bringing water policy and planning research into dialogue with Urban political ecology, this project aims to uncover how “access to, control over, and distribution of water” is organized in Accra and Atlanta, identifying who benefits and who is excluded from stakeholder governance, and situating findings in broader debates about neoliberal urban policies and emergent paradigms for urban governance based on resilience.

Research team and affiliated institutions: Ellis Adams (Global Studies Institute, GSU), Richard Milligan (Dept. of Geosciences, GSU), Patrick Cobbinah (Urban Planning and Human Geography, Kwame Nkruman University of Science and Technology, Ghana).

This project investigates the economic, social, political, and environmental consequences of urban sports stadiums. The project will employ a comparative approach to evaluate stadium developments in Atlanta, Pretoria, Hong Kong, and Seoul to problem solve the complex challenges associated with urban cities and stadium developments. The research agenda developed by this partnership is aimed at identifying sports stadiums’ positive and negative impacts, the debate over which plays out in cities and regions all over the world.

Research team and affiliated institutions: Timothy Kellison (Dept. of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University), Johnny Coetzee (University of Pretoria), Sungil Hong (Hong Kong Baptist University), Yukyoum Kim (Seoul National University).

The project is led by Dr. Dan Immergluck. This project focuses on the substantial increases in the renting of single-family homes in the "sunbelt" suburbs, including in the Atlanta metro.
The project is led by Dr. David Iwaniec.