- Sustainable Urban Development
- Informal Settlements
- Urban Planning
Professor Genie Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education and Co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn IUR is known for its ability to serve as a voice, convenor and laboratory for topics related to sustainable urban development, urban development strategies and anchor institutions. She teaches courses in planning history and global urbanisation. Professor Birch has been active in the field’s professional organisations and in academia in the United States and abroad. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Queens University, a Foreign Scholar at the University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her civic commitments include serving on the board of trustees for the Municipal Art Society of New York, Scenic Hudson, Inc and the International Downtown Association. She is also Co-chair of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. In the early 1990s, she was a member of the City Planning Commission, New York City and, in 2002, she served on the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site.
Professor Birch is based in New York, USA.