Sumila Gulyani: Slum Real Estate: The High-Price Low-Quality Puzzle in Nairobi's Slums

International Studies Program, Spring 2007 Lecture Series

Sumila Gulyani is an assistant professor of urban planning at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She is also director of the Infrastructure and Poverty Action Lab (I-PAL). As a researcher and practitioner in the field of international economic development, Gulyani focuses on economic and institutional issues in infrastructure and service delivery, urban poverty and slum upgrading, and urban governance and municipal finance. She spent ten years at the World Bank working on infrastructure and urban development programs and policies in Sub-Saharan Africa; East, Southeast, and South Asia; and Central America and is currently leading a World Bank-supported study of 4,000 slum households in Nairobi and Dakar to examine the nature of poverty, jobs, and service delivery in low-income, informal settlements in these cities.

Sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Department of City and Regional Planning.