Mildred Warner

Cities across the world are faced with the challenges of fiscal stress, service delivery restructuring, and the imperative to promote economic development. Mildred Warner is an international expert on restructuring local government services, how to plan for more child and age-friendly cities, and how to promote environmental sustainability at the local level. Decentralization has elevated the importance of local government worldwide, but social protection is challenged by devolution, privatization, and fiscal crisis. Cities must pick up the slack and Warner's research explores how. She has authored more than a hundred journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports, and has received major research grants from government and foundations. Warner works closely with local government, planners, policy analysts, economic developers, and union leaders both in the U.S. and abroad. She received her B.A in history from Oberlin College, and her M.S. in agricultural economics and Ph.D. in development sociology from Cornell.

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 4120/6120 Devolution, Privatization, and New Public Management
  • CRP 5074 Economic and Community Development Workshop
  • CRP 7201 Research Design
  • CRP 6590 Urban Development Planning: Austerity and City Response
  • CRP 4160 Rome Workshop

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • State Policy and Local Fiscal Stress: Implications for Rural Governments, $500,000. USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Competitive Program, with L. Lobao, Ohio State University and Y. Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Grant from Engaged Cornell for Planning Age Friendly Roman Neighborhoods ($5,000, 2017–18); and Local Government Fiscal Stress in New York State ($5,000, 2018–19)
  • American Planning Association Divisions Council Award for "Planning through a Gender Lens: Inclusive Planning for Aging and Livable Communities" (2016)
  • Grant from the AFRI Competitive Program of the USDA for Rural Sustainability: Linking Economics and The Environment with George Homsy, SUNY Binghamton (2014–18)
  • Best journal article from the Academy of Management (Public and Nonprofit Division) for Bel, G., Fageda, X. & Warner, M.E. "Is Private Production of Public Services Cheaper than Public Production?" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29(3): 553–577 (2010)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • From Competition to Cooperation – Public Administration Reforms for Sustainable Cities, presented at "Centro Latinoamericano de Administracion para el Desarrollo Congress," Santiago, Chile (November 2016)
  • Social Impact Bonds: Challenges to the Dream, keynote presentation at "Widening Perspectives on Social Impact Bonds Conference," London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (September 2016)
  • Insourcing versus Outsourcing in the United States, presented at "Municipal Services Project Conference," Cape Town, South Africa (2014)

Publications (Selected)

  • Xue Zhang, Mildred E. Warner, and George C. Homsy, "Environment, Equity, and Economic Development Goals: Understanding Differences in Local Economic Development Strategies," Economic Development Quarterly 31, no. 3 (2017), 196–209
  • Yunji Kim and Mildred E. Warner, "Pragmatic Municipalism: Local Government Service Delivery in the Great Recession," Public Administration: An International Quarterly 94, no. 3 (2016), 789–805
  • Mildred E. Warner, George C. Homsy, and Lydia J. Morken, "Planning for Aging in Place: Stimulating a Market and Government Response," Journal of Planning Education and Research 37, no. 1 (2017), 29–42
  • Mildred E. Warner and J. Clifton. "Marketization, Public Services and the City: The Potential for Polanyian Counter Movements," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 7, no. 1 (2014) 45–61
  • Mildred E. Warner. "Private Interest in Public Finance: Social Impact Bonds." Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 16, no. 4 (2013) 303–319
  • Complete list of Mildred Warner's publications