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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Neil Brenner


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Neil Brenner

Theses on Urbanization

Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory and Director of the Urban Theory Lab at the  Graduate School of Design  at Harvard. His research, writing, and teaching focus on critical urban and regional studies with particular reference to the remaking of urban, metropolitan and regional governance configurations under contemporary capitalism. His influential collaboration with the Urban Theory Lab works towards a rethinking of the basic categories, methods, and cartographies of urban theory in order to better understand and intervene in emergent forms of planetary urbanization.

Neil Brenner’s books include Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Theory of Planetary Urbanization (2013), New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (2004), Cities for People, Not for Profits (edited with Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer, 2011); Spaces of Neoliberalism (edited with Nik Theodore, 2003); and State/Space: A Reader (co-edited with Bob Jessop, Martin Jones and Gordon MacLeod, 2002). His essays have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including Public Culture, Antipode, Theory and Society, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Neil Brenner has served as a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Bristol, the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, and the University of Urbino, and has taught at Columbia, Bard, NYU, and the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University, Berlin.


Earlier Event: October 10
Krzysztof Wodiczko
Later Event: November 7
Shannon Mattern