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About the Urbanization Project

The NYU Stern Urbanization Project harnesses the growth of cities to speed up global progress. The world’s urban population will more than double between 2010 and 2110. After 2110, urban growth will largely level off. This presents a window of opportunity in which countries can shape urbanization in ways that improve the quality of life for billions of people.

There are two ways to channel this rapid urbanization: existing cities can expand, and new cities can emerge. These two processes, already underway, are at the heart of the Urbanization Project’s two primary programs : Urban Expansion and New Cities.

The work of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project is sponsored in part by NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. Paul Romer, University Professor in the Stern School, who will be on leave from NYU as of October 1 to take the role as Chief Economist at the World Bank, is the founding Director of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project and leader of its New Cities program. Shlomo Angel, Professor of City Planning at the Marron Institute, leads the Urban Expansion program.

Each semester, Stern MBAs work with the Urbanization Project and the Marron Institute on applied research projects ranging from city planning in Ethiopia and Colombia to SEZs in Liberia to management challenges in the NYPD. For more information, please reach out to Stern’s Office of Student Engagement.