Call for Urban Fellows at GSU: Info Session 3/21, Apps Due 4/9

See the call below for Urban Fellows at GSU for the next academic year. Graduate students from any department can apply, and this would be a great opportunity if you are interested in studying issues related to cities, urban development, Atlanta studies, or place-based studies. Contact Karen Johnston (see info below) with questions. ~Ashley Holmes

Attention Graduate Students – Call for Urban Fellows for 2018-2019 Academic Year – Graduate Students From All Departments Welcome to Apply

Are you interested in:

·         Developing an understanding of the many problems and challenges that cities face through research, readings, course lectures, and site visits?

·         How to evaluate the many interconnected factors and policies that create these problems and challenges?

·         The advantages of comparative analysis to find solutions to the problems that cities face?

·         Developing a deep understanding of a particular urban issue of interest through researching and writing?

·         A possible opportunity to publish your Urban Fellows research paper in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy?

 Come to the Urban Fellows Information Session Wednesday, March 21 from 12-1 p.m. in Room
345 of the College of Law at 85 Park Place.
  In this session, you will learn more about the urban fellows program (goals, course structure, requirements, etc).  You will also hear presentations by current urban fellows about their research paper topics.  Lunch will be served.

 Application Process to be an Urban Fellow:  Fillout attached application, and email it back to Karen Johnston atkjohnston3@gsu.eduby April 9th at midnight. The program is open to all graduate students.

 What is the Urban Fellows Program?  Healthy cities, sustainable cities, equitable cities, resilient cities, smart cities – what do these buzz words really mean?  What challenges do cities face in trying to achieve these goals?  How are other cities tackling these problems and challenges?  Answering these and other related questions are central tenets of the Urban Fellows Program, a year-long course comprised of lectures, hands-on learning experiences, and research and writing.  Students participating in the course are required to write a 25 page research paper due in the spring semester; select Urban Fellows papers will be published in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy.  Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a certificate.  This interdisciplinary program is run by the College of Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth; top graduate students are selected from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning to participate.

 Topics generally covered in the lecture series include:  sustainability; resilient cities; smart city initiatives; environmental and natural resources; basic city services, infrastructure, and transportation; racial and social equality; fair and affordable housing; land use; health.

 Class Meetings: 
This class will meet Wednesdays from 4:10-5:30 p.m. in both the fall and spring semesters (Changes underway!  I am working on revamping the program to limit lectures to the Wednesday afternoon time slot; historically, there have been lunch lectures as well.
  Currently this is a 2 credit hour class, and does not meet every Wednesday but as scheduled).

Karen Johnston

Assistant Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth

Managing Editor, Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy –

Georgia State University College of Law

Phone:  404-413-9175


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