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Annual Student Research Summit

The Georgetown Global Cities Initiative (GGCI) is an academic community dedicated to creating and sharing inter-disciplinary knowledge of cities, their communities, places and the opportunities associated with unprecedented global urbanization. In 2023, we will celebrate our fifth annual Student Research Summit, a GGCI flagship event where students from across Georgetown University come together to share and celebrate urban research. A committee of experts will select the presentations for the Summit that will happen in February 2023. This year, students will present their urban research on local and international cities, including Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Boston, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Doha, and Rovaniemi.


NOTE: This is an in-person event followed by a reception.  For persons unable attend in-person there will be a virtual option, but we require all attendees to RSVP in either case.   For persons outside of the Georgetown community, we welcome you to this event pending your successful completion of the Georgetown Health Attestation.  Please see further information at the bottom of this page.  Any persons requiring special accommodation should reach out to prior to Wednesday, February 22nd.  


Content Themes

1. Evolution of Cities

2. Metropolitan Development Studies

3. Living with Climate Change

4. Researching our Local Communities

5. Local Systems and Data




Welcome and Introductions

Prof. Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director GGCI



Panel 1: Evolution of Cities


Searching for Rovaniemi: A Local City Bound by Arctic History and the Imagination

Josephine Kim (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, MA in Global, International, and Comparative History ‘23) 


Cities Aren’t Going Anywhere, But They Will Look Different: Shrinking Cities, Depopulation and a Shifting Urban Landscape

Megan Wright (School of Continuing Studies, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning ‘24)



Prof. Robin King, School of Foreign Service



Panel 2: Metropolitan Development Studies



A Comparative Case Study of Pittsburgh and the Ruhr Area’s Economic Transformations

Lucas Kreuzer (School of Foreign Service, Master’s in German and European Studies ‘24) 


Buenos Aires Regional Rail Network: leveraging legacy infrastructure to create an modern urban transportation system

Eduardo Plasencia (School of Continuing Studies, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning ‘23)


Prof. Juan Manfredi, Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor, BMW Center for European Studies, School of Foreign Service



Panel 3: Living with Climate Change



Electrification Alone Won't Save Us: The Additional Electricity Demand of EVs and Electrifying Buildings

Jess Eliot Myhre (School of Continuing Studies, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning ‘24)


The Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change on the Intensity of Typhoons in the Philippines

Angelica Reyes (Georgetown University in Qatar, International Economics Major '24)



Prof. Evan Barba, Communication, Culture & Technology Program



Break + Poster Presentations 



Panel 4: Researching Our Local Communities 



Beyond the Suffering Subject: Ties, Networks, and Belonging among Nepalese Migrants in Qatar 

Aashish Karn (Georgetown University in Qatar, International Politics Major ‘23)


A BID for Equity: Funding a Neighborhood Partnership in Congress Heights

Landis Masnor (School of Continuing Studies, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning Program ‘22)



Prof. Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director, Georgetown Global Cities Initiative



Panel 5: Local Systems and Data 



LEED Certification and Local Neighborhood Attributes Represented by Airbnb Listings in San Francisco

Tianhui (Rosey) Cao (McCourt School of Public Policy, MS in Data Science and Public Policy ‘23) 


Analyzing the Impact of Bikeshare on Traffic Injuries: Evidence from the Boston Metropolitan Area

Joshua Rosen (McCourt School of Public Policy, MS in Data Science for Public Policy ‘23)



Prof. Chris Zimmerman, Urban & Regional Planning Program



Concluding Remarks

Prof. Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director GGCI



Adjourn to Reception + Additional Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations:


Socio-Spatial Fragmentation in Buenos Aires: Call to Action to Create a Metropolitan Transport Body for the BA Region

Nicolas Feder (School of Foreign Service,  Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, International Political Economy Major '23)


AI in Banking: The Impact of "" on Sustainable Economic Growth and Workforce and Community Benefit in Khujand

Alisherkhon Nasimov (Georgetown University in Qatar)


Urban Language of Enslaved Georgetown

Pace Schwarz (Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in History, History Major and Science, Technology, and International Affairs Minor '24)


Social, political, and ideological values under World Cup 2022 in Qatar and World Cup 2026 in Americas

Peiying Tsai (Georgetown University in Qatar, International Politics Major)


Georgetown University looks forward to your upcoming visit. To help protect the health and safety of the Georgetown community, including our guests, all visitors ages 12 and older to University-owned or operated buildings must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., primary series and, when eligible, an additional dose), or attest to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated.

Please follow the steps below that are required before your visit.


Step #1: Anytime between now and the day before your visit, please submit documentation showing you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or granted approval by theU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Acceptable proof of vaccination includes, but is not limited to:

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Card

WHO Vaccine Booklet

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Note: If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination but attest to having an appropriate medical or religious reason for not being vaccinated, you will be able to indicate this as part of Step #1 and proceed with the process required to visit our campus. You will be required to submit to the University proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to your arrival time on our campus when you submit your health attestation on the day of the event.


Step #2: Assuming successful completion of Step 1, you will receive a short health attestation form via email on the morning of the event date (for multiday events, you will receive this email on the FIRST DAY of the event ONLY, regardless which day you are attending). Please complete this form, attesting that you are symptom free before coming to campus. If you indicate any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will not be permitted to visit a Georgetown-owned or managed campus or building until you are symptom free.

Complete Step #1 Now.


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