“Theorizing the Global Future” Speaker Series Event
Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches classes on critical urban theory, urbanization and sociospatial theory and works closely with architects, landscape architects, planners and cartographers to develop new approaches to understanding, representing and influencing contemporary worldwide urban transformations. His most recent books are New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Critique of Urbanization (Bauwelt Fundamente Series / Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016); Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (editor; Jovis, 2014), as well as several book-length collections of his writings published in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese. Brenner is also the author of New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2004) and the editor of several volumes on the need for a critical approach to urban questions, including Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (co-edited with M. Mayer and P. Marcuse; Routledge, 2011), and Spaces of Neoliberalism (co-edited with N. Theodore; Blackwell, 2002).
In 2014, Brenner was selected as a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (www.highlycited.com). Based on Web of Science data, his publications were ranked among the top 1% most cited globally in the general social sciences between 2002 and 2012.
Brenner has held visiting professorships in several universities, including the Lim Chong Yah Visiting Professorship (Department of Geography, National University of Singapore) and the Wibaut Chair of Urban Studies (Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and Development Studies, University of Amsterdam). Prior to his appointment to the Harvard GSD, Brenner served as Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University, where he also served as Director of NYU’s undergraduate Metropolitan Studies Program. Brenner has co-supervised Ph.D. research in Sociology, Geography, History, American Studies, Law & Society, Urban Planning and Architecture, among other fields.
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