Texas Tech University

Upcoming Events

FMI Public Speaker Series
Spring 2019


Joel Kotkin 

About the Speaker

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures and holds the R. Hobbs Professorship in Urban Studies at Chapman University. He also serves as Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Advisor to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Described by the New York Times as "America's uber-geographer," Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His recent book, The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, challenges the conventional urban-planning wisdom that favors high-density, "pack-and-stack" strategies. Instead, Kotkin advocates for "smart suburbs" that take advantage of new technologies, family-friendly policies, and sustainable planning to build dynamic small cities, redeveloped neighborhoods, and a human-scale urban environment.

Mr. Kotkin writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for Forbes.com and services as Executive Editor of www.newgeography.com. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide study for the UK-based Legatum Institute on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City, and in 2010 completed an international study on "the new world order," also for Legatum, that traced trans-national ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia. He has also done studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, San Bernardino, and St. Louis, among others, in addition to working in smaller communities, including a report with Praxis Strategy Group on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University.

Kotkin recently completed several studies including on Texas urbanism, the future of localism, the changing role of transit in America and most recently California's lurch towards feudalism. He is co-author, with Michael Lind, on a report published in 2018 on the revival of the American Heartland for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. As director of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman, he was the lead author of a major study on housing, and recently, with Marshall Toplansky, published a strategic analysis for Orange County, CA.

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This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

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