Urban Institute Joins Cooperative Effort with the City of Seoul to Advance Research on Social Innovation and Human Development

Today, the Urban Institute announced a cooperative effort with the City of Seoul, Korea, to advance research on social innovation and human development in Seoul. The effort will launch with a workshop in Seoul to identify key research themes, discuss data and methodological approaches, and outline a research program.

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Washington, DC, September 24, 2014 – The Urban Institute today announced a cooperative effort with the City of Seoul to support research on social innovation and human development in Seoul. Experts from the Urban Institute and the Seoul Metropolitan Government will launch the joint effort with a research workshop in late 2014 or early 2015.

The upcoming workshop will identify key research themes relevant to Seoul in the areas of neighborhoods and aging urban populations and provide a roadmap for quality research and data analysis. The workshop—which will be hosted by the city government’s research arm, the Seoul Institute—will be led by Rolf Pendall, director of the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, and Elizabeth Peters, director of Urban’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population.

Charles Cadwell, director of Urban’s Center on International Development and Governance, said, “This collaboration is a testament to the Urban Institute’s reputation for top-quality research, and the City of Seoul’s leadership in confronting 21st century challenges. We look forward to working together to promote independent analysis and foster better-informed policies for human services in Seoul.”

Cadwell also stated, “The Urban Institute’s scholars are committed to documenting developments in society and economy, and we are thrilled to collaborate on such vital work.”

The joint effort was announced at an event at the Urban Institute with President Sarah Rosen Wartell and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon.

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