Workshop on Urban Poverty at Duke

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Events


On Dec 4-5, 2014, P2P lead researchers Anirudh Krishna and Erik Wibbels convened a workshop on Urban Poverty in Developing Countries. This conference was the first of its kind in the US. The country’s top scholars on urban poverty descended on Duke for two days of presentations, panel discussions and workshops.

Here is a description from the conference website:

Cities are centers of great economic dynamism. In the developing world, this has resulted in massive population shifts from rural to urban areas, and cities have become centers of huge inequalities in incomes, lifestyles, housing conditions and access to services. Glass-walled office towers stand side-by-side with squalid, tented slum settlements. Yet despite the rapid growth in the ranks of the urban poor, knowledge about their lifestyles, household investments, social mobility, political behaviour, and the like – remains rudimentary. Bringing together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and development professionals, this conference aims to address the crucial challenges and opportunities facing poor households and neighbourhoods in the developing world.

More information about the workshop can be found in a news brief by the Duke Center for International Development, one of the workshop’s sponsors. 12-9-14_UrbanPoverty