Student Award - GPEIG Gill-Chin Lim Best Dissertation
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Deadline: June 1

In recognition of the commitment of our late colleague, Gill-Chin Lim, to the study of humanistic aspects of globalization, the ACSP Global Planners Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) has established an award in his name: The GPEIG Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation on International Planning. This award is funded annually by the Consortium of Development Studies (CODS), which was founded by Dr. Gill-Chin Lim in 1982. The Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation on International Planning recognizes superior scholarship in a doctoral dissertation completed by a student enrolled in an ACSP-member school.

The Dissertation Committee chairperson jointly with the department chair or director of graduate studies will make the nominations. It is expected that submissions will be selected through a participatory faculty and student process. The nominees must have received their degree in the two years preceding the deadline.

The award committee will evaluate the submissions based on: a) innovative scholarship and perspective that advance the understanding of the diverse processes of international planning in the global context, with a special focus on low-income countries of the “Global South;” b) relation to global cooperation, global social responsibility, global ethics, and respect for global diversity pursued by GPEIG; c) creativity in exploring/proposing international planning alternatives; and d) organization, structure, style, clarity, and originality.

  • The winner will be invited to present the award winning paper in a special session on the Saturday of the Annual Conference.
  • This award includes a $1,000 cash grant and waived full student conference registration.


  • One file to include: The full dissertation (including table of contents and abstract); two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the chair of the nominee’s dissertation committee indicating why the nominated dissertation is deserving of the award; and official university document indicating the date of award of the degree.

Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation in International Planning Committee, 2017-2018

  • Chair: Ruth Yabes, Arizona State University,
  • Lucie Laurian, University of Iowa

Past Award Winners

  • 2017 Thomas Douthat, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2016 Ricardo Cardoso, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2015 Yuan Xiao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2014 Sudeshna Mitra, Cornell University; honorable mention Graham Denyer Willis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2013 Sai Balakrishan, Harvard University
  • 2012 Nishtha Mehta, University of Texas at Austin; Honorable Mention Gautam Bhan, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2011 Co-winners Pietro Calogero, University of California, Berkeley and Andrew Rumbach, Cornell University; Honorable Mention - Kyung-Min Nam, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2010 Mi Shih, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Honorable Mention - Roberto Pires, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009 Anupama Mann, University of Southern California; Honorable Mention - Anuradha Mukherji, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2008 Georgeta Vidican, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2007 Michael Geiger Donovan University of California, Berkeley; Honorable Mention - Sharlene Louis Mollett, University of Toronto
  • 2006 N. Emel Ganapati, University of Southern California; Honorable Mention - Tanja Winkler, University of British Columbia
  • 2005 Theresa Denise Williamson, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2004 Mufid Qassoum, University of Illinois at Chicago


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