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Eugenie Birch, Chair, United Nations Human Settlements Programme World Urban Campaign, USA

Eugenie Birch

Eugénie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), holds the Nussdorf Professorship for Urban Research, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania where she chairs the Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning. Founding co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, she is also co-editor of Penn Press’s The City in the 21st Century series and co-editor of the SSRN Urban ejournal. Dr. Birch’s most recent publications include Slums: How the Informal Real Estate Markets Work (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) and “A Midterm Report: Will Habitat III Make a Difference to the World's Urban Development?” Journal of the American Planning Association (82:4 2016 398-411). In her home city, Dr. Birch has served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission, and on the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site. She has also served as chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign, president, General Assembly of Partners and member of the U.S. delegation to Habitat III. Dr. Birch, who lives in New York City, holds a PhD and Master degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

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