Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

sakiko_fukudaGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has co-authored a new book: Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. The book’s description explains:

One of the most ambitious legacies of the 20th century was the universal commitment to ensure freedom from want as a human right. But to what extent are countries across the world living up to this commitment? This path breaking book develops an innovative, evidence-based index for comparing performance on education, food, health, work and housing across very differently situated countries and over time. It explores the factors influencing performance and provides empirical evidence to resolve some long standing controversies over the principle of “progressive realization”. By defying the boundaries of traditional research disciplines, this work fundamentally advances our knowledge about the status of and factors promoting social and economic rights fulfillment at the dawn of the 21st century.

Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights is an exhilarating and extremely valuable addition to the literature on human development. Empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated, it will provoke lively debate and advance the cause of global justice.” — Martha C. Nussbaum, The University of Chicago

Professor Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at The New School. She is a development economist interested in human development and capabilities and the broad question of national and international policy strategies.




Student Projects: GIS for International Crises, Development, and the Environment

Davis Winslow | The Influence of Innovation Districts on Neighborhood Transformation

Davis Winslow | The Influence of Innovation Districts on Neighborhood Transformation

Each semester, the GIS for International Crises, Development, and the Environment course is one of the Milano School’s most popular. Students wrap up the course by producing final projects that encompass a wide range of topics, geographies, and methodologies.  Using tools and techniques gained throughout the semester, each student chooses a research topic of interest and performs various spatial analyses that may include suitability, density, vulnerability, correlation, migration patterns, and proximity, among others.

Professor Stephen Metts publishes a Tumblr site highlighting the semester’s final projects. Check out the projects for the Fall 2014 semester.  The Spring 2014 and Fall 2013 semester’s projects are also available for viewing.



Milano Welcomes Scholar-in-Residence Frank J. Omowale Satterwhite

OmowaleWe are pleased to announce that Frank J. Omowale Satterwhite has joined the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy as a Scholar-in-Residence.

Omowale is an acclaimed community-building specialist with more than 30 years of experience providing technical support and building capacity for social change in communities of color as well as other underserved communities. He now serves as president of Leadership Incorporated, a non-profit firm that provides capacity-building services in communities across the nation. He has provided technical assistance to more than 1,200 organizations in 43 states during his career. Omowale’s previous experience includes serving on the faculty of Oberlin College where he developed the first African-American studies program and as President of Applied Management and Organizational Services.

Omowale has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an MA from Southern Illinois University and a BA from Howard University. He has also received numerous awards for his vast professional and public service, including a Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship, and other awards and community service awards from the National Council of Negro Women, Peninsula Community Foundation and KQED Television.

Please join us in welcoming Omowale to Milano. His office is located in room 605 at 72 5th Ave.



Professor Alberto Minujin interviewed by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, University of Bergen, Norway

Alberto-Minujin In an interview published in September 2014 by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) at the University of Bergen, Norway, GPIA Part-time faculty, Alberto Minujin speaks about the main causes of poverty and the strategies and policies needed to eradicate it.

Professor Minujin teaches Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality and Evaluating Development Impact in the Spring 2015 semester. He also runs the International Summer Field Program (IFP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the Executive Director of Equity for Children, an impact driven advocacy and social change initiative at Milano focused on children’s rights and wellbeing.



Faculty Spotlight: EPSM Professor Ana Baptista Featured in the Huffington Post

anaEnvironmental Policy and Sustainability Management Professor Ana Baptista was recently featured for bringing “a passion to her work, and the knowledge of how living in a specific locale can impact health.” Professor Baptista has long been an advocate for alternative energy production as a solution to the problems of pollution associated with the production and use of fossil fuels. Baptista grew up in the Ironbound in New jersey, and continues to advocate for policies that will lead to cleaner air, waters, and soil in the area. One of the main drivers of her efforts is the understanding that “children of color are the most at-risk victims of pollution.”




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