Invited speakers

We are proud to announce leading scholars and experts as keynote/invited speakers at the 4th PlanoCosmo conference.

Prof. Eugenie L. Birch (University of Pennsylvania)

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Professor Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education. She teaches courses in planning history, global urbanization and serves as chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning , co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, co-editor, City in the 21st Century Series, University of Penn Press  and co-editor, SSRN Urban Research e-journal

Professor Birch has been active in the field’s professional organizations and in academia in the United States and abroad. She is a member of the U.S. National Committee for Habitat, the  Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Thematic Group on Resilient Cities, and an Associate Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. In the past, she has been President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; President, International Planning History Society; and co-editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She has been a member of the Planning Accreditation Board, having served as its chair from 2004-2006. She has been a member of the editorial boards of Planning Theory and Practice, Journal of Planning History, Journal of Planning Education and Research and Planning Perspectives. In 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and made a member (honorary) of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The American Planning Association honored her with their APA President’s Award in 2013.  This award is given out every other year in recognition of leadership in the field of planning.

Professor Birch’s civic commitments encompass leadership positions locally and globally. Currently, she is Chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign (WUC) and President, General Assembly of Partners, the civil society platform to facilitate contributions to Habitat III. In the early 1990s, she was a member of the New York City Planning Commission, and in 2002, she served on the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site.

Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Ministry of Finance, Indonesia)*

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sri-mulyani-worldbank-orgDr. Indrawati is an Indonesian economist. She obtained her PhD in economics from University of lllinois Urbana-Champaign. She has been Minister of Finance of Indonesia since 2016; previously she served in the same post from 2005 to 2010. In June 2010 she was appointed as Managing Director of the World Bank and resigned as Minister of Finance. She was listed as one of the most influential women by Forbes.

Prof. Haryo Winarso (Institut Teknologi Bandung)

HW-1Prof. Winarso is professor of land and housing development. He is the former Indonesian Attache of Education and Culture for the Unites States. He has focused his research on various topics related to residential land development, metropolitan development and peri urbanization, slum upgrading and innovation in urban contexts. He has published various articles in scientific journals, such as Habitat International, International Development Planning Review, numerous book chapters and popular/newspaper articles.


Dr. Tim Bunnell (National University of Singapore)

TimBunnellFinalDr. Bunnell is associate professor of geography. He is interested in the politics of urban development in Southeast Asia (especially in Malaysia and Indonesia), as well as in constitutive connections between cities in that region and other parts of the world. Beginning with doctoral research carried out in the 1990s, his work on the discursive and material making of megaprojects and high-tech urban space in and around Kuala Lumpur culminated in the publication of Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor (Routledge) in 2004.

The main focus of his research subsequently shifted to examination of historical linkages between Southeast Asia and the port city of Liverpool through the lives of Malay men who arrived there as seafarers in the middle decades of the twentieth century. The book which emerged from that research, From World City to the World in One City: Liverpool through Malay Lives (Wiley) was published in 2016. He also has a longstanding interest in relations between innovation, broadly conceived, and urban and regional studies – ranging from economic geographies of firm location and networks, to policy and governance ‘good practice’ and to ground-level incremental change associated with individual and community aspirations.

Dr. Hastu Prabatmodjo (Institut Teknologi Bandung)

hpDr. Prabatmodjo is senior lecturer in urban and regional planning. He obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland. He has taught and developed research themes on rural development and planning. Despite this particular focus,  he uses a regional perspective in understanding the rural, in which urbanization and the overall process occurring in the entire region influence rural transformation processes.