Victoria Beard: Community-Based Planning and Urban Poverty in Southeast Asia

International Studies in Planning Spring 2012

Victoria Beard is an associate professor of planning, policy, and design at the University of California–Irvine. She previously taught at University of Wisconsin–Madison (2000–04), and was a researcher at RAND (1996–2000). Beard has also worked as a planning practitioner for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Mercy Corps, and the Research Triangle Institute. Her main research interests revolve around the complex relationship between community-level collective action and poverty alleviation in the context of international development planning and transnational processes. She currently has two ongoing research projects. One is a comparative study of community-based planning in urban informal settlements in Southeast Asia. This project examines the role of decentralization and poverty alleviation policies, municipal governance, community-level collective action, and elite capture. The second project examines the role of transnational social networks that link pueblos in Oaxaca with hometown associations in Southern California. Most recently, Beard has become involved with and fascinated by the implications of the Occupy movement (e.g., the use of general assemblies, consensus based decision-making, and public and private space claiming) for planning.