The South Asian Studies Council and Yale Economic Growth Center present
Sunil Amrith, Yale University, Kate Brown, MIT, Edward Glaeser, Harvard University and Rory Stewart, Yale University:
“Sustainable Development on an Urbanizing Planet.”
Moderated by Catherine Cheney, Devex.
This is the sixth in the series, “The Yale Development Dialogues: Economic Policy Lessons from History”.
Human density has often been presented as a problem – from mid-twentieth-century fears of a “population explosion” inhibiting development, to a contemporary alarm that urban growth is driving the climate crisis. However, both historical and contemporary examples show us that cities can be spaces of biodiversity and provisioning, places where density mitigates sprawl and reduces carbon emissions.
In any search for “green” solutions to poverty, cities must play a large role. The sixth Yale Development Dialogue focuses on the features of cities that are most conducive to sustainable development, and on those that are not.