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Gavin Shatkin

Professor Shatkin has a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs (75%) and the School of Architecture (25%). His research focuses primarily on globalization and urban poverty in Southeast Asian cities. He is the author of Collective Action and Urban Poverty Alleviation: Community Organizations and the Struggle for Shelter in Manila. He has published articles in a number of journals, including Urban Studies, Environment and Planning, The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Cities, and the International Development Planning Review.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Shatkin was an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He was also a faculty associate in the Center for South Asian Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


  • Senior Visiting Research Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2010
  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Fellowship to conduct four months of field research on private sector-built new towns in Kolkata, India, 2010
  • Fulbright Student Fellowship, Philippines ($12,000), 1998-1999
  • Research Fellowship, Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines, 1998-1999
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1996-1998
  • Esterline Award for best papers presented by a graduate student (second place) at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 1997
  • East-West Center Affiliate, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1995-1996




  • Ph.D. 2001. Rutgers University. Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development.
  • M.U.R.P. 1996. University of Hawaii, Manoa. Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
  • B.A., Asian Studies. 1989. University of California, Berkeley.

Research Focus

  • Public Policy
  • Urban Planning

Courses Taught

  • Grad Topics in Architecture