My work traces the connections between international development 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 megaproject planning
and transnational land policymaking 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 legacy planning in unsuccessful Olympic bid cities -- provides an overview of the project.