The Global City–Master of Public Policy & Administration Program– Northwestern University

For eight years I was fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to redesign and then teach this second generation course, The Global City. (Master of Public Policy and Administration Program, MPPA, at Northwestern University). Due to my retirement and subsequent curriculum change, the course is no longer being offered but it clearly provided insights as to the cause and effect of globalization at the local and regional levels. There is just too much information here to go unused. Following the course description, I compiled a list of resources that may be of use to academics, students and practitioners alike. Some of it is a little dated but it still serves as a foundation for those interested into the socio-economic, demographic and migration patterns affecting globablization at the urban and regional levels. A word to the wise, this course was structured to address both governance and public policy. It was not developed as an urban planning course although its macro themes would clearly be of benefit. Regardless more than 250 graduate students interested in public policy formation and governance on both an international and domestic level benefitted from this course.



The World Bank

The International Monetary Fund

The Brookings Institution

Global Metro Monitor

Cities and Regions

The Urban Theory Lab

LSE Cities–Urban Age

LSE Resources Urban

Citiscope–Neal Peirce

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

CEO’s for Cities

CityLab from the Atlantic

GUCP Global Urban Competitiveness Project

New Geography

Living Cities


A.T. Kearney–Global City Index 2017

Institute for Urban Strategies–The Mori Memorial Foundation

IESE Cities in Motion Project

Global Cities Survey–Knight Frank

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU): Hot Spots–Benchmarking Global City Competitiveness


“How did cities get started?”

Urban Age Shaping Cities: Saskia Sassen – Global Capital and Urban Land

“Saskia Sassen: The Futue of Smart Cities”

The Politics of Equity: Who owns the City? – Saskia Sassen

Lagos: Africa’s Fastest Growing Megacity (2014)

How not to be ignorant about the world | Hans and Ola Rosling

“Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your world-view”

“Hans Rosling: Global Population Growth, Box by Box”

“Living in a Global City: Bangalore”

“Fear the Boom and Bust: A Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem”

“Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two”

Megacities Reflect Growing Urbanization Trend (PBS Newshour)

Favela as Sustainable Model


Dreier, J., Mollenkopf, J., Swnstrom, T., (2014). Place Matters–Meropolitics for the Twenty-First Century (ISBN 978-0-7006-1927-)

Wheeler, S.W., Beatley, T., (2014). The Sustainable Urban Development Reader (ISBN 978-0-415-70776-3)

Clark, G. (2016). Global Cities–A Short History. The Brookings Institution. (ISBN 978-0-8157-2891-7 (pbk: alk. paper)

Phillips, B.E. (2010). City Lights–Urban-Suburban Life in the Global Society. Oxford University Press. (ISBN978-0-19-532503-4

Brugman, J. (2010). Welcome to the Urban Revolution. London: Bloomsbury Press. [ISBN-13: 978-1608190928]

Angel, S. (2012). Planet of Cities. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. [ISBN-13: 978-1558442498]

Angel, S., Parent, J., Civco, D.L., & Blei, A.M. (2010). Atlas of Urban Expansion.Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. [ISBN-13: 978-1558442436]

Orfield, M. (2002). American Metro Politics: The New Suburban Reality. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution [ISBN: 10: 0815702493]

Kahn, M. (2006). Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution. [ISBN-10: 0815748159]

Portney, K. (2003). Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously—Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities. Cambridge, MA: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [ISBN-10: 0262661322]

Katz, B., & Bradley, J. (2013), The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. The Brookings Institution Press. [ISBN-978-0-8157-2151-2]

Knox, P., & Taylor P. (Eds) (1995). World cities in a world system. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University. [ISBN-10: 0521484707]

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