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Director, MS in Urban Planning and Policy & MA in International Affairs; Professor of Public Policy & Architecture

College of Social Sciences and Humanities & College of Arts, Media and Design

Gavin Shatkin’s research focuses on globalization, social equity, and sustainability in the rapidly urbanizing societies of Asia. His recent research includes a National Science Foundation funded project investigating the impacts of climate change-induced flooding in Southeast Asian metropolises on political debates about urban planning and policy and debates about property rights and infrastructure-induced displacement. He has previously conducted research on urban megaprojects, on planning for mega-urban regions, and on the role of community organizing and collective action in urban community development in Asian cities. His most recent book is Cities for Profit: The Real Estate Turn in Asia’s Urban Politics (Cornell, 2017). Professor Shatkin has a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs (75%) and the School of Architecture (25%).

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  • Shatkin, G. 2017. Cities for Profit: The Real Estate Turn in Asia’s Urban Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. (Honorable Mention, 2018 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award).
  • Shatkin, G. Ed.  2013. Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Shatkin, G. 2007. Collective Action and Urban Poverty Alleviation: Community Organizations and the Struggle for Shelter in Manila. Aldershot: Ashgate. (Reissued in 2016 by Routledge: London).

Selected recent peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Shatkin, G. 2022. “Megaurban Politics: Analyzing Infrastructure Driven Extended Urbanization through the National State Lens,” Environment and Planning A.
  • Shatkin, G., T. Braswell, and M. Martinus. 2022. “Mapping and the Politics of Informality in Jakarta,” Urban Geography.
  • Shatkin, G. 2022. “Financial Sector Actors and Megaurban Regional Expansion in Greater Jakarta,” Land Use Policy, 112.
  • Shatkin, G. and V. Soemarwi. 2021. “Risk and the Dialectic of State Informality: Property Rights in Flood Prone Jakarta,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 111(4), 1183-1199.
  • Mouton, M. and G. Shatkin. 2020. “Strategizing the For-Profit City: The Relational Role of Developers in Mega Manila,” Environment and Planning A, 52 (2), 403-422.
  • Shatkin, G. 2019. “Futures of Crisis, Futures of Urban Political Theory: Flooding in Asian Coastal Megacities,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 43(2), 207-226.
  • Shatkin, G. 2019. “The Planning of Asia’s Mega-Conurbations: Contradiction and Contestation in Asia’s Extended Urban Regions,” International Planning Studies 24:1, 68-80.

Related Schools & Departments

  • Education

    PhD in Urban Planning and Policy, Rutgers

  • Contact

  • Address

    360F RP
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

Gavin’s Colleagues

Max Abrahms

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Barry Bluestone

Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor Emeritus of Political Economy; Founding Director of the Dukakis Center; Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Christopher Bosso

Interim Chair, Department of Political Science; Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

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Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy

William Dickens

University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy Emeritus

Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Stephen E. Flynn

Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute

James Alan Fox

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

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Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy

Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Public Policy

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In Memoriam William Kay

Associate Professor of Political Science

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David Lazer

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences

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Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design

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Kwamina Panford

Emeritus Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies