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Eugénie L. Birch FAICP, RTPI (hon), is the Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. She is the founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, dedicated to integrative research and instruction in sustainable urban development. She is co-editor of Penn Press’s The City in the 21st Century series that has published more than twenty volumes since 2005.Dr. Birch has served in many leadership positions including editor, Journal of the American Planning Association,  chair, Planning Accreditation Board, president, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Society for American City and Regional Planning History and the International Planning History Society.  She has received several awards:  the Lawrence C. Gerkens Award in Planning History, Jay Chatterjee Award, Margarita McCoy Award and Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Dr.Birch’s most recent publications include Global Urbanization  (2011, co-edited with Susan Wachter), Women’s Health and the World’s Cities  (2011, co-edited with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter) and Neighborhoods and Life Chances, How Place Matters (2011, co-edited with Susan Wachter and Harriet Newberger).  Her current research includes Penn IUR-sponsored Anchor Institutions in the Northeast Corridor, APEC-Energy Smart Communities Knowledge-Sharing Platform supported by the government of Taiwan, Energy Efficient Building Stakeholder Platform supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, and Sustainable Development Indicators Project supported by the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Birch has served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission and on the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site. She is currently chair of the Board of Directors, Municipal Art Society of New York and chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign.

Dr. Birch, who lives in New York City, holds a Ph.D and Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University and an A.B. cum laude in History from Bryn Mawr College.