Oct/20 Lecture
Joel Kotkin

The Geography of Inequality: Suburbs, Cities, and the future of the middle class

The talk would look at the migration of people from expensive crowded and dense places to ones that are less so. It would look at the differences between regions and within them in terms of middle class jobs, income gaps by class and race. It would deal with how we need to confront class and inequality as a major issue for cities and regions. The preservation and expansion of the middle class families should be a key consideration. Where families locate, and middle class jobs go, are primary determinants in the future of regions and urban areas.

Joel Kotkin

Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies, Chapman University, and Executive Director, NewGeography.com

An internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the author of THE NEXT HUNDRED MILLION: America in 2050, published  by The Penguin Press. The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. His previous, also critically acclaimed book, was THE CITY: A GLOBAL HISTORY.

Mr. Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Editor of the widely read website www.newgeography.com. He writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes.com.  He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore.  He serves on the editorial board of the Orange County Register and writes a weekly column for that paper, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.  

Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the rise of growth corridors in the US economy.  His recent report, “Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented not only in the United States, but in Israel, Brazil, Canada and other countries.

                  This June, he released a new report on the future of housing for Chapman University and Fieldstead and Company. Currently he is working on several new reports, including one on the future of Global Cities, a collaboration between the Civil Service College and the new Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy. He is also finishing a study on New Orleans for Greater New Orleans Inc and another on the future of affordable housing for National CORE, a low-income housing organization.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City; as well as other studies of New York, Los Angeles, Houston and St. Louis, among others. In 2010 he completed an international study on “the new world order”  for the Legatum Institute in London, UK that traced transnational ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia. Last year he--working with Praxis Strategy Group--completed an examination of the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University.