What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

In 2012, MacArthur began to explore new ways of understanding the complex and interconnected challenges faced by cities around the world, and new ways to plan, manage, and govern the solutions to address them. The effort aims to help identify new research, institutions, and interventions that may help urban practitioners and policymakers make better-informed decisions to improve the lives of urban residents, reduce environmental harm, and address other social issues. What is being learned will be widely disseminated.

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Making Cities Better Places

A series of papers published by the Social Science Research Council explore how core characteristics of big cities can be mobilized to make human life more just and democratic. Read More
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Network to Support City-University Partnerships

The MetroLab Network, seeks to strengthen and create partnerships between metro areas and their respective universities to research, develop, and deploy innovative technologies to address challenges facing the nation’s urban areas Read More
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Exploring Urban Governance Worldwide

An online platform offers new ways of communicating and mapping the vast landscape of urban governance models and approaches to challenges faced by cities around the world. Read More
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Assessing Urban Governance in Europe and China

Two papers from the London School of Economics New Urban Governance Project, supported by MacArthur, explore the evolution of urban governance in Europe and China. Read More
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Video: Leveraging the Disruptive Power of the Internet

MacArthur President Julia Stasch joined a panel discussion that explored issues of equity, access, safety and security when it comes to the Internet and information and communication technology more broadly. Read More
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Foundations Partner to Build a Stronger Digital Society

Five foundations will jointly address the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, including committing to help keep the Internet open, secure, accessible and affordable to all Read More

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Staff

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Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
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Maurice Classen

Program Officer
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Alaina Harkness

Senior Program Officer
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Mijo Vodopic

Senoir Program Officer
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation