Penn Planning Equity Initiative

Inequality is higher and more widespread today than when first documented a hundred years ago. And it exists everywhere from Philadelphia to Dhaka, from Cleveland to Cape Town. Inequality undercuts global economic performance and impacts the social cohesion and the well-being of tens of millions of people around the world.

The Penn Planning Equity Initiative has three components

  1. Redefining planning research and practice: capacity-building;
  2. Promoting action research and its application: understanding and addressing inequality; and
  3. Stimulating public dialogue: disseminating new knowledge. Together, these complementary activities fortify the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s leadership in this area, making it the “go to place” on issues of urban inequality in Philadelphia and across the globe.