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Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Urban and Public Policy at Northeastern University. She focuses on urban climate action and strategies for linking it to equity, economic development, and innovation. In her fourth book, Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change (Oxford Univ. Press, 2020), she argues that the climate strategies of too many cities represent random acts of greenness rather than integrated and aggressive action. She points to leading cities in North America and Europe and offers strategies for lagging cities to accelerate their action. Her ongoing Climate Just Cities Project examines strategies for a green and equitable recovery from the COVID pandemic, which she is working on as a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is working on her next book, Climate Just Cities and Regions. Fitzgerald blogs on urban climate action and sustainable development on Planetizen. She teaches The 21st Century City, Cities, Sustainability & Climate Change, and Environmental Science & Policy.

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  • Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • Association of American Geographers


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