Cohen, Michael


Michael Cohen
PhD, Political Economy, University of Chicago, 1971
Professor of 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 was a member of the Infrastructure Panel and Urban Dynamics Panel of the US National Academy of Science. He has helped the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) prepare its Global Report on Human Settlements in 2005-2012. He is currently the director of The New School’s Observatory on Latin America.
Courses Taught:
  • Global Flows
  • Comparative Development Experience
  • Tsunamis, Monsoons, and Hurricanes
  • Infrastructure and Environment
  • Urban Century: Theory and Practice
  • State, Market, and Development Strategy in Latin America
Recent Publications:

Argentina's Economic Growth and Recovery: The Economy in a Time of Default, (London and New York: Routledge, 2012). (Author)

The Global Crisis in Latin America: Impacts and Response, (London and New York: Routledge, 2012). (Editor)

"La ciudad en el context de la crisis mundial: entender los efectos y reforzar la eficacia de los paquetes de estimulo", in Jordi Borja, Mireia Belil, and Marcelo Corti, ed., La Ciudad: Un ecuacion impossible?, (Barcelona: 2012). (Author)

Latin America on the Move: The Post Neoliberal Transition, Buenos Aires: Ediciones Infinito, 2007) also published in Spanish. (Co-Editor with Margarita Gutman)

Argentina in Collapse? The Americas Debate, (Buenos Aires and New York: The New School and the International Institute for Environment and Development, 2003), also published in Spanish. (Co-editor with Margarita Gutman)

Preparing the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. (Co-editor with Blair Ruble, Joseph Tulchin, and Allison Garland)


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