John Lauermann is a geographer and political economist who specializes in urban-economic geography and the political economy of development. He teaches courses on creative economies, globalization, political economy and development and urban studies.
Lauermann’s research examines the industries of city-making: the global networks of design, planning and financing that shape real estate and infrastructure investments in contemporary cities. His current project assesses the politics of urban design/planning in cities that bid to host sports ‘mega-events’ like the Olympics. That work has been funded by agencies like the National Science Foundation and the International Olympic Committee and has been published in a variety of geography and urban studies journals.
Academic research/ areas of interest
- Urban political economy
- Geographies of development
- Global governance institutions
- Urban politics and the state
- Mega-projects and mega-events