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John Rennie Short

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Professor, Public Policy
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Research Interests
Urban issues, environmental concerns and cartographic representation

In the News

Video: John Rennie Short talks about hosting the Olympic Games on NBC

Dr. Short was interviewed in the Columbian newspaper ADN Cali (in Spanish) read now

Ph.D., University of Bristol
M.A., Geography, University of Aberdeen

Select Recent Publications

“The Unequal City: Urban Resurgence, Displacement and the Making of Inequality in Global Cities”. Routledge (2018)

“Hosting the Olympic Games: The Real Costs for Cities.” Routledge. (2018)

“Global Cities.” The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography. DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0330 (2018)

“The urban informal economy: street vendors in Cali, Colombia”. Cities 66: 34-43 (with Lina Martinez and Daniela Estrada). (2017)

“Urban Imaginaries of City and Nature. International Handbook of Cities and The Environment” (eds) K. Archer and K. Bezdecny. Elgar. (2016)

“A perfect storm: climate change, the power grid and regulatory regime change after network failure.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 34: 244-261. (2016)

Experience and Honors

  • Professor and Chair, Geography and Environmental Systems, UMBC
  • Professor of Geography, Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship, Syracuse University
  • Helen and John S. Best Fellowship. American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • The Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to UK, Loughborough University
  • Alexander O. Vietor Fellowship in Cartography, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript, Library, Yale University

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