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 200 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.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Community-based planning and development
- Economic development
- Gender- and age-based planning
- Infrastructure planning
- International studies in planning
- Regional science
- Social policy
- Economic development planning and public finance
- Urban and regional governance
- Environmental policy and planning
- Urban inequality
- Urban poverty
- Urban water and sanitation services
- Rural development
- U.S. Local Government Response to Fiscal Crisis: Austerity Urbanism or Pragmatic Municipalism?
- Covid Is Forcing America To Fix Its Water Supply
- New Study to Explore Rural Communities and Inequality in the United States
- The Relationship Between Water Shutoffs and COVID Infections and Deaths
- Ban on U.S. Water Shutoffs Could Have Prevented Thousands of COVID Deaths – Study
- CRP 4120/6120 Devolution, Privatization, and New Public ManagementLocal governments across the world face challenges of infrastructure and service delivery in the context of fiscal constraints. Innovations often involve devolution and privatization. Scholarly research debates whether these market approaches promote efficiency, regional equity, local economic growth and citizen voice. Students will review the theoretical bases for these claims and the empirical evidence from around the world. Students will write theory papers as well as engage in group work on practical policy questions facing cities.
- CRP 5074 Economic and Community Development WorkshopEconomic and Community Development workshop courses focus on the economics of neighborhoods, cities, and regions with the intent of producing more informed and effective economic development policy. Topics of study include, among others, the application of analytical tools needed to produce first-rate economic development plans, the special needs of excluded, poor and segregated communities, use of quantitative and qualitative methods to address social inequalities, the politics of planning, relationships between economic development and community development.
- CRP 7201 Ph.D. Research DesignThis course provides a comprehensive review of the research and writing process to help Ph.D. students develop a strategy for writing a research proposal and journal article. The course provides a comprehensive review of the research design process and will result in each student developing his/her dissertation proposal. The course focuses on articulating research objectives, managing the research process, ethics, funding and professional development as a scholar. The course also explores how to write journal articles (journal selection, review process) and how to position your work in your academic field.
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- "Margarita McCoy award for the Advancement of Women in Planning," from the Faculty Women's Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (November, 2020)
- Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society (August, 2019)
- "Local Government, Inequality and Rural Wellbeing," USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture," AFRI Competitive Program, Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities Grant (April, 2021–2024)
- "Spatial Inequality, Labor Protections and the Role of State and Local Government," Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality, $47,210 (June 2020–June, 2022)
- "Promoting Age Friendly Communities," Engaged Cornell Impact Grant, (2020–2022)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- US Local Government Response to Fiscal Crisis: Austerity Urbanism or Pragmatic Municipalism? Section on Chinese Public Administration (SCPA) of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) (July 6, 2021)
- Planning, Public Health, and Responses to COVID-19, Webinar, College of Art, Architecture and Planning, Cornell University (September 28, 2020)
- Driving Innovation to Create Aging-friendly Communities, APA Webinar (June 17, 2020)
- Warner, Mildred E. and Xue Zhang. 2021. "Social Safety Nets and COVID-19 Stay Home Orders across US States: A Comparative Policy Analysis," Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 23(2): 176-190. https://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2021.1874243.
- Warner, Mildred E. and Zhang, Xue. 2021. "Productivity Divergence: State Policy, Corporate Capture and Labor Power," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society for special issue on "Rethinking the Political Economy of Place." 14(1): 51-68. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsaa040
- Warner, Mildred E., Austin Aldag and Yunji Kim 2020. "Pragmatic Municipalism: US Local Government Responses to Fiscal Stress," Public Administration Review, forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.13196
- Turesky, Marisa and Warner, Mildred E. (2020). "Gender Dynamics in the Planning Workplace: The Importance of Women in Management," Journal of the American Planning Association, 86(2): 157-170. https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2019.1691041
- Liao, Lu, Warner, Mildred E. and Homsy, George C. 2020. "When Do Plans Matter? Tracking Changes in Local Government Sustainability Actions from 2010 to 2015," Journal of the American Planning Association, 86:1, 60-74. https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2019.1667262
- Complete list of Mildred Warner's publications