Eugenie Birch is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research; Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR); and Co-Editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Her current research projects include developing the knowledge platform (Research Digest) for the US Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Philadelphia; the Energy Smart Communities knowledge-sharing platform for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Energy Working Group; and a Ford-funded Sustainable Development Indicator Catalog for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the alliance between the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. Her most recent books are: Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (2011) (with Afaf Meleis and Susan Wachter), Global Urbanization (2011), Neighborhoods and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America (2011) (with Harriet Newberger and Susan Wachter), and Growing Greener Cities (2008) (with Susan Wachter), and Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster, Lessons from Katrina (2006) (with Susan Wachter). Dr. Birch is currently president of the International Planning History Society and has served as Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College/CUNY; President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; Co-Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association; and Chair, Planning Accreditation Board. She is currently Chair, Board of Directors of the Municipal Art Society of New York and Co-Chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign.