Cities & Development
in DC


Cities & Development
Workshop in DC


The Cities and Development Workshop in DC is a day-long convening bringing together policymakers with world-leading academics to debate scholarship and practice on urban issues. Co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins in Washington, DC, the aim of this event is to foster partnerships around problems that policymakers are grappling with in cities, and ways to address those challenges through research findings. The workshop will feature the presentation of academic papers and engaging dialogues with policymakers from global cities. 

SAIS is a world-leading school of international affairs, and international development is one of its key areas of expertise. The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University works to advance public sector innovation across the globe by marrying cutting-edge practice with world-class research to transform the culture of government and deliver exceptional results for residents with more than 60 city halls worldwide.

The workshop is supported by a 2023 JHU Nexus grant.


Filipe Campante

Filipe Campante

Johns Hopkins

Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser


Gabriel Kreindler

Gabriel Kreindler


Paul Novosad

Paul Novosad


Francisca Rojas

Francisca Rojas

Johns Hopkins


For more information, contact Nancy Padden, Program Administrator for Fellowships and Faculty at nancy.padden@jhu.edu 


The workshop will take place at the newly opened Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center, located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. Please use the main entrance to the building on Pennsylvania Ave NW on arrival.


The detailed agenda will be available closer to the event date. 

8:15 – 9:15 AM Registration and Coffee 
9:15 – 9:25 AM Welcome
9:25 – 9:45 AM Opening Session 
9:45 – 11:10 AM Research Session: Community Safety 
11:10 – 11:30 AM Break 
11:30 – 12:00 PM Policymaker Panel 
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch 
1:00 – 2:25 PM Research Session: Climate 
2:25 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 4:10 PM Research Session: Access to Housing 
4:10 – 4:30 PM Break 
4:30 – 5:00 PM Policymaker Reflections 
5:00 – 5:15 PM Closing Remarks 


Event Speakers


Sofia Amaral

World Bank

Beth Blauer

Johns Hopkins University

Cassandra Cole

Harvard University

Amanda Daflos

Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation, Johns Hopkins University


African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Ed Glaeser

Harvard University

Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

University of California-Berkeley

Allan Hsiao

Princeton University

Gabriel Kreindler

Harvard University

Claudia López

Harvard University (former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia)

Heather McDougall

City of Raleigh, North Carolina

Geetika Nagpal

Brown University


Dartmouth College

Romeo Ramlakhan

City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Daniel Ramos-Menchelli

Johns Hopkins University


George Washington University


World Bank

Sandra Rozo

World Bank


City of Baltimore

Jeanne Sorin

University of Chicago

Andrés Tobón

City of Medellín, Colombia

Santiago Tobón

EAFIT University

Felipe Vera

Inter-American Development Bank

Maisy Wong

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

Pre-Registration Form:
Cities and Development Workshop in DC

Washington, DC | April 26, 2024 | In-Person

Please note that pre-registration is required to help us manage participation capacity and to ensure a diverse audience of participants.

This event is in-person only. Please refrain from making travel or logistics arrangements until you have received a confirmation email from the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins.

Please direct any inquiries to Nancy Padden at nancy.padden@jhu.edu