Book Talk: Co-Cities
In Conversation About "Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities"
About the Speakers
Sheila R. Foster, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University
Sheila R. Foster is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown. She holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law School and the McCourt Public Policy School. Professor Foster is well known for her articles and books on environmental justice, including From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (with Luke Cole) and The Law of Environmental Justice (with Michael Gerrard).
Professor Foster has worked with government agencies and public officials on a range of issues, including environmental justice and climate policy. She was the chair of the advisory committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors from 2017-2020 and is a member of the New York City Mayor’s Panel on Climate Change where she co-chairs the workgroup on climate equity.
Foster also co-directs LabGov, an international applied research project that has pioneered a new model of urban governance and a path toward more equitable management of a city’s infrastructure and services. This approach is set forth in her forthcoming MIT Press book, Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities (with Christian Iaione)
You can find out more about her at sheilarfoster.com
Christian Iaione, Professor of Law & Policy of Innovation & Climate Change, Urban Law & Policy, Climate-Neutral & Smart Cities at Luiss University Rome
Christian Iaione is professor of public law teaching courses on urban law & policy, law & policy of innovation & climate change at Luiss Guido Carli Law Department where he is also deputy director of the research center BILL-Blockchain, artificial Intelligence and digital innovation Law Lab, coordinator of the innovation area of the Luiss School of Law, faculty co-director of the graduate course in Law, Digital Innovation and Sustainability, and faculty co-director of LabGov – LABoratory for the GOVernance of the City as a Commons (a scientific partnership between Luiss University and Georgetown University).
He is also affiliated fellow of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University. He is Luiss scientific responsible for four EU-funded R&I projects (Open Heritage, EUARENAS, ENGAGE.EU R&I, and AWARE) and two national grants on the creation of energy communities and houses of emerging technologies. He is co-lead expert of the URBACT-UIA CO4CITIES project and member of the Urban Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Procurement within the Urban Agenda for the EU. He coordinates the City Science Office of the City of Reggio Emilia and represents it within the European Commission City Science Initiative.
Jennifer Bradley, Senior Fellow at Kresge Foundation
Jennifer Bradley is a senior fellow at The Kresge Foundation. Jennifer supports the American Cities Program at Kresge through convenings and thought leadership. She joined the foundation in 2021. Previously, Jennifer served as the director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute, where she focused on inclusive innovation and equitable economic development strategies in cities.
Jennifer has also held positions with the Brookings Institution, where she co-authored The Metropolitan Revolution and developed state-level strategies to support metropolitan economic growth, and with the Constitutional Accountability Center, where she co-authored amicus briefs in major appellate cases that supported environmental protections and community development.
A native of Austin, Texas, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She serves on the boards of the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center and the Open Contracting Partnership.