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Volume 2014 / Issue 3
Feature
By Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, and a Penn IUR Scholar. This essay is based on her forthcoming book Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy to be published this year by Harvard University Press. 
It is not enough to speak of more poverty and inequality. We need new concepts to capture the breadth and depth of today’s social and environmental dislocations—staggering income gaps between the rich and the modest middle classes, dislocated populations across the world, and a global scale-up in the destruction of natural resources. We are seeing the making of expulsions: the en masse separation of people from society, economy, land, or nation.

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news
In preparation for the WUF, Penn IUR hosted an interactive discussion with a panel of leading thinkers in urban development. The event concentrated on the challenges of urban planning and sustainability, and on how research informs practical innovations in urban resilience and equity.  
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Penn IUR recently released Revitalizing American Cities, the latest in its City in the 21st Century book series. Read about the book launch and watch the panel discussion exploring the historical, regional, and political factors that have allowed some industrial cities to regain their footing in a changing economy.
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We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) to undertake joint research and publication activities that foster innovative urban development strategies and illuminate the role of anchor institutions globally. 
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c21 book series
Policy, Planning and People: Promoting Justice in Urban Development 
Naomi Carmon and Susan S. Fainstein, Editors

"In the 'new urban world' dominated by connected cities and urban networks, our society will face serious concerns related to housing, sustainable modes of living, poverty, employment, accessibility and economic vitality. These issues are too important to be left to the uncertain and hidden hand of market mechanisms. This volume offers a refreshing collection of studies and insights regarding the complex governance of human settlements, from the perspective of justice, in our new urban world."  —Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam

  
urban research ejournal
In this week's issue, read about spillover effects of subprime mortgages, the effect of crime risk on property values, and how community attributes affect household residential location decisions. Learn more about the eJournal or view our archive of papers.