Papers by Urban Planning M.A. students Jessica Bremner and Caroline Sora Park and doctoral candidate Laura Russ were among the 14 finalists selected out of 150 entries by graduate students from various disciplines in the "Places We Live" research paper competition. Winning papers were judged outstanding by experts from five major research and development organizations: The Cities Alliance, the International Housing coalition, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the World Bank and USAID.
"Shifting Power: Scaling-Up Self Management" is the title of the paper by Jessica Bremner and Caroline Park. This paper evaluates Vila Viva, a slum upgrading program in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and proposes strategies for scaling up self-management from the community to the municipal level.
Laura Russ wrote on "Misaligned Expectations for Participatory Slum-Upgrading: Lessons for Sustainability fo the Ahmedabad Slum Networking Project." Based on interviews conducted in Ahmedabad, India, this paper explores differing expectations program stakeholders have of Community-Based Organizations under the internationally-lauded Slum Networking Project.
The Grand Prize, Honorable Mention and Finalist papers are posted on the World Bank's Urban Program website.