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A key element of the Lab's work to date has been the securing of support from the Fulbright Commission to create the appointment of a Distinguished Chair in 2010/11 and the appointment of Visiting Professors in the years 2011-15.

Fulbright Year One

From September 2010 to April 2011, the Urban Lab welcomed Prof Ann Markusen (Professor and Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota), to the Fulbright Distinguished Chair position. Markusen's work has significantly strengthened the Lab's objective to be cross-disciplinary.

Ann Markusen spent her time with the Lab undertaking two substantial research projects and giving a public lecture series that started in Glasgow and included some ten other events around the UK and in Europe. Research in Glasgow involved creating a study group of 25 key individuals from around the city and spending the winter and spring developing and delivering a series of six seminars, theGlasgow Conversations, with invited city policy-makers, thinkers, commentators and executives (from the public and private sectors). A resulting publication,Conversations on Glasgow, to coincide with Glasgow's European City of the Year, was completed in December 2011 and is available as a pdf from this website.

Simultaneously, Markusen carried out research into the growth of the arts and cultural industries in four UK cities (Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow; outcomes to be disseminated winter 2012) and invited guest lecturers to the Urban Lab and the MSA.

Fulbright Year Two

Our second Fulbright appointment (January to July 2012) was Visiting Professor Juliana Maantay, who joined us from City University in New York. A Geographer with interests in Environmental Justice, Maantay brought valuable new knowledge and expertise that complements and extends the core research interests of the Lab, the MSA, the GSA generally and Glasgow City Council. Maantay's research is ongoing, with further UK/US collaborative studies planned.

Prof Juliana Maantay

Juliana Maantay is Professor of Urban and Environmental Geography at City University of New York and Director of the Geographical Information Science (GISc) Programme. Her research interests include using GISc for spatial analyses of environmental health and justice issues; the impacts of land use and the built environment on health; urban hazards and risk assessment; and community-based participatory research.

Prof Maantay earned a BSc from Cornell University, a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from New York University, an MA in Geography/GISc from Hunter College/ CUNY, and an MPhil and PhD in Urban Environmental Geography from Rutgers University. As the Fulbright-Glasgow Urban Lab Visiting Professor, she has explored issues of urban planning, policy, environmental health justice and the built environment, using New York City and Glasgow as case study cities.

Prof Maantay has mapped vacant and derelict land, deprivaton and health outcomes over six months, creating a new set of images of the city, its spatial characteristics and its health profile. (Previously Prof Maantay has carried out equivalent work in New York over 13 years.)

The results of Maantay's work in Glasgow - in the pdf, downloadable from this site - show a new, re-assembled picture of health inequality in that city and suggest new methods and means for addressing key issues. The preliminary findings have been well-received by the relevant agencies in Glasgow, including Glasgow City Council Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the Medical Research Council.

Phase 2: From January to October 2014, and with further funding from Glasgow City Council Development and Regeneration Services, Professor Maantay and colleagues in Glasgow and New York are developing the project by carrying out detailed analysis in five areas (with the poorest environments and health outcomes). The project will identify and design, with the appropriate agencies and communities of interest, interventions and projects to address and combat the issues arising.

The work contributes significantly to evidence-based policy and strategy development and has the potential to impact on local, regional and national policy and strategy. We anticipate practical, physical, environmental impact on the ground in terms of service delivery (planning, regeneration, housing, greenspace provision, social services, health services, education and the linkages between these areas).

Maantay's academic career has developed over the past 13 years. Prior to that she worked for the New York Planning Department and so has considerable experience of practice and understanding of the relationships that can and should develop between academic research, applied research and practice. Juliana has extensive experience of advocacy and of working with communities.

For further detail, download the pdf on our homepage - 'Linking the Environment and Health…' and the pdf 'The Collapse of Place'.

Fulbright Year Three

Fulbright Visiting Professor Talia McCray was with us from January to August 2013. Talia is Professor of Community and Regional Planning within the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. A transportation specialist with a PhD in Urban Planning,  a BSc in Maths and Engineering and an MSc in Engineering), McCray is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award 2011 (given to those making a significant contribution to transportation research and policy) and is winner of the Best 2010 Conference Paper Award given by the US Urban Affairs Association for "Linking Perceptions to Activity Patterns of Low-income Teenagers",Journal of Urban Affairs, 2011.

In Glasgow, Talia  focused on developing new methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) for eliciting perceptual data from low-income populations, notably youth, including personal security, image, culture, and class differences. Talia's work is about designing sustainable transportation solutions that improve access to activities, while minimizing motorized travel.

Fulbright Year Four

The postholder for Year Four is Professor Bill Rohe.

During his appointment, Prof Rohe is carrying out a study into regeneration and community engagement with a focus on issues pertaining to physical, economic and social connectivity. Prof Rohe is studying recent and current policy and initiatives in Govan, the East End, Port Dundas and Sighthill.

Dr. William (Bill) Rohe is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also directs the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, one of the oldest university based urban research centers in the country.  Dr. Rohe received his Ph.D. and Master of Regional Planning degrees from Penn State University. He is the author or co-author of several books including Planning with Neighborhoods (University of North Carolina Press), Chasing the American Dream: New Perspectives on Affordable Homeownership (Cornell University Press) and The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence (University of Pennsylvania Press).  He has also authored or coauthored over 60 journal articles on the topics of housing and community development policy and practice, including several that have won best paper awards from the American Planning Association and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Dr. Rohe’s research has been supported by government agencies and foundations including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.  As a Fulbright Scholar in 2004, he conducted research on the revitalization of Barcelona, Spain. 

Fulbright Year Five

The postholder for year five has been confirmed. News for this appointment is embargoed until July 2014.

Each year, one award is offered to a US citizen to contribute to the development of curriculum and the research agenda of the Glasgow Urban Lab and to undertake a series of public lectures in Glasgow and other major Scottish cities. Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred: Architecture, Urban Planning, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Film Studies, Geography, Public Administration, Sociology.

Candidates are selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to receive a grant to be used towards related travel and maintenance costs.

Visit the Fulbright website for more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow Urban Lab, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline. Fulbright also provides profiles of current and past scholars, as well as a list of FAQs, to help you learn more about the Fulbright Programme.

Further information is available at:

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