Global Metropolitan Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The twenty-first century is very likely to be an urban century, with more people around the world residing in metropolitan regions than in any other form of human settlement. This urbanization is taking place in both the global North and the global South. Its implications are widespread: from environmental challenges to entrenched patterns of segregation to new configurations of politics and social movements. The Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative is concerned with this urban condition. This multidisciplinary endeavor brings together many faculty, supports research, and houses graduate and undergraduate curricula. It is one of a handful of strategic initiatives selected by the UC Berkeley campus to mark a new generation of scholarship and to consolidate an emerging academic field.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Graduate Program

Global Metropolitan Studies: Designated Emphasis (DE)

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Courses

Global Metropolitan Studies

GMS 200 Global Metropolitan Studies: Introduction to Theories, Histories, and Methods 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The investigation of modern cities presents great challenges for social and urban theory. This seminar addresses these challenges through a multidisciplinary perspective that structures the discussion in terms of a history of metropolitan transformations, global urbanization, and the production and regulation of cities as spaces of contestation and creativity.

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GMS 201 Research Seminar in Comparative Urban Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This core seminar for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies offers an in-depth examination of contemporary research topics, data and methods, recent research findings, and challenges in specific subfields of international urban studies. Emphasis will be placed upon the discussion and improvement of students' dissertation chapters.

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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries: Read More [+]

GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS 299 Independent Study or Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study or research program; must be worked out with GMS faculty in advance of signing up for credits.

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Faculty and Instructors

+Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Christopher Ansell, Professor. Political science, social movements, political sociology, network analysis, organization theory, public administration, political parties, Western Europe.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Teresa Caldeira, Professor. Comparative urban studies, urbanization in the global south, social theory, ethnography. qualitative methodology.

Anthony J. Cascardi, Professor. English, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Ralph Catalano, Professor. Mental health services, economic antecendents, stress related illness.
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Karen Chapple, Professor. Poverty, economic development, regional planning, metropolitan spatial patterns, labor markets, community development, neighborhood change, gentrification.
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Jason Corburn, Associate Professor. Urban health, informal settlements, global public health, urban climate change, environmental impact assessment, mediation, environmental justice.
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C. Greig Crysler, Associate Professor. Architecture, geopolitics of architectural discourse, globalization and social production of the built environment, architecture and identity.
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Mia Fuller, Associate Professor. Anthropology, Italy, fascism, urban design, architecture, Italian colonialism.
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James Holston, Professor. Citizenship, Brazil, architecture, law, planning, the United States, cities, democracy, political and social anthropology, urban ethnography, the Americas.
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Arpad Horvath, Professor. Life cycle assessment, LCA, sustainability, green design, transportation, water, construction, biofuels, energy, environmental management, infrastructure systems.
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You-Tien Hsing, Professor. China, geography, political economy of development in East Asia, the process of international economic restructuring, cultural and institutional configuration in the processes of Taiwanese direct investment, growth in Chinese cities, business networks.
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Daniel Kammen, Professor. Climate Change, Engineering, Environment, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Energy Forecasting, Health and Environment, International R&D Policy, Race and Gender, Rural Resource Management.
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Adib Kanafani, Professor of the Graduate School. Transportation economics, air transportation, transportation planning, transportation systems analysis, aviation policy and planning, urban and regional planning.
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G. Mathias Kondolf, Professor. Ecological restoration, landscape architecture, environmental planning, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, environmental geology, environmental impact assessment, riparian zone management.
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Michel Laguerre, Professor. Globalization, information technology, urban studies.
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Associate Professor. Urban design.
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Samer M. Madanat, Professor. Transportation systems analysis, transportation infrastructure management, transportation sustainability.
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Aihwa Ong, Professor. Cultural anthropology, anthropology, transnationalism, citizenship, global cities, migration, Southeast Asia, urbanism.
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Alison Post, Assistant Professor. Regulation, infrastructure, water and sanitation.
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Isha Ray, Associate Professor. Water and development; Gender, water and sanitation; technology and development.
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William Satariano, Professor.
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Sandra Smith, Associate Professor. Trust, urban poverty, joblessness, race and ethnic inequality, social capital and social networks.
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Joan Walker, Professor. Behavioral modeling, with an expertise in discrete choice analysis and travel behavior.
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Emeritus Faculty

Robert B. Cervero, Professor Emeritus. Transportation planning, city and regional planning, transportation & land use, transportation & urban development, international transportation.
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Karen Christensen, Professor Emeritus. Evaluation, intergovernmental relations, city and regional planning, housing policy, planning theory, organizational theory.
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Jan De Vries, Professor Emeritus. Economics, demography, history.
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Elizabeth A. Deakin, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, city and regional planning, transportation policy, planning and analysis, land use policy and planning; legal and regulatory issues, institutions and organizations, energy and the environment, new technologies.
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Peter Evans, Professor Emeritus. Sociology.
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Paul Groth, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, vernacular architecture, urban geography, suburban America, cultural landscape studies, housing (US).
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Michael Hanneman, Professor Emeritus.

Judith E. Innes, Professor Emeritus. Innovation, governance, collaborative planning and policy making, regionalism, interpretive methods, complexity and adaptation.
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Michael Southworth, Professor Emeritus. Management, analysis, design, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, environmental planning, morphology of the post-industrial city, design of public space.
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Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus. Race, environment, urbanism, politics, geography, resources, economic geography, regional development, capitalism, cities, California, class.
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Margaret M. Weir, Professor Emeritus. Political science, political sociology, sociology, American political development, urban politics and policy, comparative studies of the welfare state, metropolitan inequalities, city-suburban politics in the United States.
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Contact Information

Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies

226 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-6440

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Codirector, Head Graduate Adviser

Teresa Caldeira, PhD (City and Regional Planning)

tcaldeira@berkeley.edu

Codirector, Head Graduate Adviser

Joan Walker, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

joanwalker@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services

Clayton Hall

Phone: 510-642-1602

clayh@berkeley.edu

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