History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences


John Lauermann

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