Plenary and Awards Lunch Keynote Presentations


Plenary Assembly: Out there! How professional practice, outreach and advocacy strengthen our research and teaching

Thursday, October 30, 4:15pm – 5:30pm, Regency B Room

Moderator: THOMAS, June Thomas [ACSP President, University of Michigan]

Keynote Speaker: MARKUSEN, Ann [University of Minnesota]

Ann Markusen is Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Principal of Markusen Economic Research. An economic development scholar, Markusen’s research and practice has encompassed energy boomtowns, manufacturing industry restructuring, military industrial conversion, business incentives, and creative placemaking. Markusen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. She has served on the University faculties of Minnesota, Rutgers, Northwestern, California Berkeley, and Colorado. She won the 2006 Alonso Prize in Regional Science, the 2005 Margarita McCoy Award, the 1996 Walter Isard Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, and 1988 and 1992 Chester Rapkin Award. She has served as President of the North American Regional Science Association, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and AAAS Science, Engineering and Public Policy Committee Chair, and as UCLA’s Harvey Perloff Chair, 2005-8; the UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Glasgow School of Art’s Urban Lab, 2010-11; and A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University, School of Art, Architecture and Planning, 2007-14.

Awards Luncheon: Planning and Inclusive Societies

Saturday, November 1, 12:15pm - 2:30pm, Regency Ballroom

Moderator: THOMAS, June Thomas [ACSP President, University of Michigan]

Keynote Speaker: BRIGGS, Xavier de Souza [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]

Xavier de Souza Briggs is an award-winning author, commentator, educator, and researcher, as well as an experienced manager and policy adviser.  He is Vice President for Economic Opportunity and Assets at the Ford Foundation and a faculty member (on leave) at the Department of Urban Studies + Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is former head of DUSP’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group and associated head of department.  His current research focuses on inclusive economic growth and how rapidly changing societies, particularly in North America and Europe, can thrive, not just cope, with increased ethnic diversity.  Xav spent 2009 to 2011 on public service leave from the MIT faculty, appointed by President Obama, to serve as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House.  His books include The Geography of Opportunity (Brookings, 2005), which won the best book award in planning, Democracy as Problem Solving:  Civic Capacity in Communities across the Globe (MIT Press, 2008), a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize, and Moving to Opportunity:  The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty (Oxford, 2010), which won best book of the year from the National Academy of Public Administration.  A frequent speaker on innovation and urban policy, he has also consulted on strategy to leading national and international organizations, such as The World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation, and has been an expert witness in civil rights litigation.