Annette Kim: Real Rights to the City

Department of City and Regional Planning Spring 2011 Lecture Series

Annette M. Kim is an associate professor of international urban development in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Kim is also the director of SLAB, an interdisciplinary group that publicly engages cartography based on research evidence that celebrates, reconstructs knowledge about, and advocates for one of the most mundane and important public spaces: sidewalks. She teaches courses on housing, property rights, public finance, and project appraisal in developing countries, and she researches the development of property markets and reformation of property rights in transition countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. Her publications include Learning to be Capitalists: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (Oxford University Press 2008). Kim has served as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, the World Bank, African and Asian governments, and community-based NGOs. She has worked as an architect of low-income housing and as a construction project manager of commercial projects in the United States. She received her Ph.D. in city and regional planning and her M.A. in visual studies from the University of California-Berkeley, her M.P.P. from Harvard University, and her B.A. from Wellesley College.