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Building Sustainable Communities: How Urban Planning Drives Development

On the August 25 episode of World Views, Suzette Grillot and Mitchell Smith continue last week's roundtable discussion on the rise of authoritarianism in Hungary and beyond. Then, Suzette speaks to OU professor John Harris about his work on urbanization and sustainable development.

Mitchell Smith is a Professor and Chair of the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research and courses cover the politics, economics, and public policy of the European Union and its member states. He joins me today to continue discussing the characteristics and development of authoritarianism. To read more of Dr. Smith’s thoughts on policy in the EU and beyond, visit his blog at

John Harris is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture in the Division of Regional and City Planning. After earning his from Florida State University, Dr. Harris served as an instructor and visiting lecture in Urban and Regional Planning at FSU. He received was named a World Social Science Fellow by the International Social Science Council in 2013 and received the David L. Boren Award for Outstanding Global Engagement from the University of Oklahoma in 2017. The author of several works addressing international urban development and sustainability, Dr. Harris joins us today to discuss the intersections of space and identity, especially through his fieldwork with grassroots women’s organizations in Uganda.

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