With more than half the world’s people now living in cities, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is expanding and deepening its research on how global cities increasingly drive the world’s political, social and economic trends by adding new experts to its staff.
The Council is furthering its unique focus on this global dynamic through its body of research and public programming. Last year, the Council launched the annual Chicago Forum on Global Cities, which in its inaugural session attracted 600 delegates and 75 presenters from around the world who converged in Chicago for a three-day, cross-sector engagement centered on the power and limitations of global cities. The 2016 Chicago Forum will be held June 1-3. Today, the Council is pleased to announce the significant enhancement of its roster of experts from around the world to examine the rising influence of global cities.
“The Council provides a leading voice and fosters international dialogue on the emerging role and reach of global cities,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Council on Global Affairs. “The foundation we’ve built, the investments we’re making and the expertise we’re attracting will ensure that we remain in the forefront of exploring how global cities are shifting the landscape to a new world order.”
The new team of experts joining the Council will advance the think tank’s focus on how the influence of global cities – from London and Tokyo to Rio and Chicago – is transcending borders and transforming how people, business and governments engage the world. Collectively, these policy experts will bring new insights and direction to the global cities discourse from a wide range of institutions and multiple corners of the world.
Dr. Noah Toly has joined the Council on Global Affairs as its new Senior Fellow on Global Cities and will lead research into the future role of cities in global governance, particularly around key global issues such as climate change and smart cities. Dr. Toly was previously a member of the Council’s 2013 class of Emerging Leaders.
“With internal political paralysis and external conflicts preventing decisive action by many national governments, global cities are stepping up to find solutions to issues ranging from climate change to the responsible use of big data,” Dr. Toly said. “Understanding the intersection between urban studies and international relations will be a critical to governing an increasingly urban world.”
Dr. Toly comes to the Council from Wheaton College, where he will remain the director of the Center for Urban Engagement. He also teaches global cities at the Free University of Berlin's Center for Global Politics and edits the Routledge book series “Cities and Global Governance.” Dr. Toly earned a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies and Spanish at Wheaton College, a master’s in theology at Wheaton College, and a master’s and doctorate in urban affairs and public policy at the University of Delaware.
Dr. Toly is joined at the Council by six new non-resident fellows on global cities:
Dr. Michele Acuto is director of the City Leadership Initiative at University College London, where he serves as associate professor in diplomacy and research director of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy. Acuto is also an advisor for the World Health Organization and a fellow of the Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford.
Mr. Salomón Chertorivski is the secretary of economic development of Mexico City. Under this appointment, he is responsible for the promotion of investment and employment in Mexico City. Mr. Chertorivski focuses on using the tools of economics to generate public welfare through public policy. In 2013, the Council honored Mr. Chertorivski with a visiting Gus Hart Fellowship.
Dr. Simon Curtis is a lecturer in international relations at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. His research investigates the relationship between transnational processes and the society of sovereign states, with particular reference to transnational urbanism and global cities. His next book, “Global Cities and Global Order,” will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Mr. Kris Hartley is a visiting researcher at the University of Hong Kong and a doctoral candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Hartley has more than a decade of experience on urbanization issues, working with central and local government agencies in the United States, New Zealand and Thailand, and with research institutes in China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
Dr. Kristin Ljungkvist is a researcher at the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she holds a fellowship from The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund. She is also a research associate at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University. Her research focuses on global cities, urban security and urban dimensions of global challenges like climate change and terrorism. She is the author of “The Global City 2.0 – From Strategic Site to Global Actor” published by Routledge.
Mr. Rob Paral is a demographer and public policy consultant. As principal of Rob Paral and Associates, he works with large-scale data and geographic information systems technology to develop both national and highly localized portraits of the needs and contributions of low-income and immigrant populations and assists other organizations in understanding the communities they are trying to serve.
Support for the Council’s research on global cities is made possible through a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.