Cohen, Michael


Michael Cohen
PhD, Political Economy, University of Chicago, 1971
Director, International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
Urban studies, economics, and policy (particularly housing, neighborhood revitalization, and poverty); international development (South Africa, India and Pakistan, and Latin America)
Michael Cohen is an urban and development policy specialist. He worked at the World Bank from 1972 to 1999 and was responsible for much of the bank’s urban policy development during that period. Mr. Cohen has worked in 55 countries and was heavily involved in the World Bank’s work on infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development. His numerous published works include several books on urban development, Africa, and the impact of development assistance. Mr. Cohen has advised governments, NGOs, and academic institutions around the world. He recently helped the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) prepare its 2007 Global Report on Human Settlements. He is currently the director of The New School’s Observatory on Latin America.
Courses Taught:
  • Global Flows
  • Comparative Development Experience
  • Urban Foundation Course: Tsunamis, Monsoons, and Hurricanes
  • Infrastructure and Environment
Recent Publications:

“Emerging Issues in Urban Safety and Security,” in UN-HABITAT, Global Report on Human Settlements: Urban Security (2007)

“Vulnerability, Safety, and Insecurity: Towards a Conceptual Framework,” in UN-HABITAT, Global Report on Human Settlements: Urban Security (2007)

“More Is Not Enough: Urban Scale and the International Community,” in Jordi Borja and Mireia Belil, eds., The City: The Day After (2007)

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