My work traces the connections between global policymaking communities and urban planning. I
analyze how land investment projects are planned, financed, and constructed. Assessing these projects provides a window into inequalities in
designing, funding, and building cities...and gives an opportunity for making recommendations on democratizing the process. Most recently I have analyzed infrastructure megaprojects and transnational land financing around ‘megaevents’ like the Olympics or
World Cup. That study is funded by the US National Science Foundation and the International Olympic Committee/Olympic Studies Centre. A recent report I wrote for the International Olympic Committee -- on urban development planning through failed Olympic bids -- provides an overview of the project.
Recent papers include "The city as developmental justification" (forthcoming in Urban Geography) and "Temporary projects, durable outcomes: urban development through failed Olympic bids?" (forthcoming in Urban Studies).