Comparative urbanization in the global South, urban planning, urban poverty and inequality, community-based development, urban informality, urban services and infrastructure, urban water and sanitation infrastructure and services
Current Research Interest
In cities in the global South where much of the urban fabric is informal, communities plan, outside of, in collaboration with, and in opposition to formal planning and regulatory frameworks. In this context, my research focuses on poverty, inequality, and access to basic services, particularly water and sanitation, as well as the broader processes that create and sustain city-wide transformation.
Fulbright Scholar (Indonesia)
Einaudi International Faculty Fellow
Beard, Victoria A. “Community-Based Planning, Collective Action and the Challenges of Confronting Urban Poverty in Southeast Asia.” Environment and Urbanization (2018): 1-22.
Beard, Victoria A., Anjali Mahendra, and Michael I. Westphal. 2016. “Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities.” World Resources Report (2016): 1-46.