Victoria Beard: Towards a More Equitable City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities

Sibley Hall

Victoria Beard's research and teaching focus is on international urbanization and planning. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship between community-based planning and poverty in the global south. Her research explores the intersection of collective action, social movements, transnational processes, and planning. Beard has two ongoing research projects—one examines community-based planning and poverty alleviation in Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia, and the other examines transnational community-based planning in Southern California and Oaxaca.

In addition, Beard has worked as a planning practitioner for organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, and RAND during the past 15 years. Her professional work has focused on three areas: first, she has worked with community-based organizations helping them plan and manage their own sustainable development; second, she has experience designing, implementing, and evaluating national as well as local government programs that address poverty; and third, Beard has expertise in applied social science research and monitoring and evaluation.

Beard is an associate professor in City and Regional Planning, a core faculty member in Cornell's Southeast Asia Program, and a faculty fellow in both the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and in the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research. She received a B.A. in urban studies and planning from the University of California–San Diego in 1992; an M.A. in urban planning from the University of California–Los Angeles in 1995; and a Ph.D. in community and regional planning from the University of British Columbia in 1999.

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