Human Cities Expo  |  FALL 2016  |  RSVP

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Wednesday, DECEMBER 7 from 11AM-6PM


Join us for the annual Stanford Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities.

The Fall 2016 Expo will feature interactive exhibits, presentations from Human Cities Initiative classes, and keynotes from distinguished scholars and practitioners. Special highlights include an exhibit on the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador and community-based projects in local Bay Area cities.



12:00pm: Welcome from the Human Cities Initiative - Deland Chan and Kevin Hsu, Co-Founders

12:30-1:00pm: Ian Klaus, Senior Adviser for Global Cities, U.S. Department of State

1:30-3pm: International Urbanization Seminar Presentations

3:30-4pm: Miriam Greenberg, Professor of Sociology and Founder of the Urban Studies Research Cluster, University of California, Santa Cruz

4:30-6pm: Defining Smart Cities Presentations


Miriam Greenberg, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology and the founder of the Urban Studies Research Cluster at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (Routledge, 2008; winner of the 2009 Robert Park Award for the best book in urban sociology) and Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford, 2014, with Kevin Fox Gotham). The book highlights how pre-existing contradictions in New York and New Orleans —namely socio-spatial and environmental inequality; uneven exposure to risk; and uneven forms of post-disaster redevelopment— helped turn discrete disasters into longer-term crises with highly unequal effects, particularly along lines of race, class, and neighborhood.  Through her multi-campus UC research group Critical Sustainabilities, Greenberg explores varying discourses and practices of "urban sustainability" in California, as well as creative political responses on the part of new sustainability activists and coalitions throughout the state. Most recently she has turned her attention to the relationship between the lack of affordable housing and sustainability issues in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area.

Ian Klaus, Ph.D. serves as Senior Adviser for Global Cities at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, he leads the Department’s work at the nexus of urbanization and foreign policy, and engages on foreign policy priorities from countering violent extremism to addressing climate change and encouraging inclusive economic growth. He also currently serves as Deputy Negotiator for the United States delegation to Habitat III, a major global summit convened by the United Nations General Assembly on housing and sustainable urban development. As a member of Policy Planning, he has previously covered a range of issues including public diplomacy, international organizations, as well as Iraq and Jordan. He holds a Ph.D from Harvard University and was a former Rhodes scholar.


The Human Cities Expo is organized by the Stanford Human Cities Initiative with support from the Program on Urban Studies, Haas Center for Public Service, John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative, International Policy Studies, Earth Systems Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Stanford and Tsinghua University, Tsinghua Academy of Art & Design, and Tsinghua Department of Construction Management.