Who's Afraid of the Informal Economy?

8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.



The Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Cities and Social Justice Concentration at The New School present Robert Neuwirth, professor of Journalism at Columbia University and author of Stealth of Nations, who will discuss the vigor of street markets and the promise of the informal economy as part of an inclusive and equitable development strategy.  Robert Neuwirth is a writer and investigative reporter whose work challenges traditional conceptions of urban development. His first book, Shadow Cities, argued that shantytowns are normal urban neighborhoods and that governments need to stop evictions and instead engage with squatters. His work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism and has been featured in many newspapers and magazines. In addition to his writing and reporting, Neuwirth has taught in the college program at Rikers Island, New York City's main jail complex, and at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Robert Buckley , Studley Faculty Fellow at the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs and William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design, and will join the discussion with perspectives from the realms of economics, design and more.



Henry Cohen Conference Room, Fanton Hall, 72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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