Dr. George Galster receives prestigious award in urban affairs
The reach and impact of Wayne State Distinguished Professor George Galster's work has been truly remarkable. His creative and methodologically sophisticated scholarship has challenged conventional thinking and helped shape the field of urban affairs, most notably in the areas of racial and economic segregation, neighborhood effects on individual outcomes, and the impact of subsidized housing and community development investments on surrounding property values.
The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals, convened its 46th Annual Conference in San Diego, California in March to recognize Galster's outstanding contributions to the field of urban affairs. He was presented the second-ever Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award, which is given to individuals whose body of work has contributed to defining the field.
"I am deeply honored by this award," said Galster of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. "There are few things as professionally gratifying as recognition from respected peers. I trust that my award represents their implicit affirmation of my career-long goal to help build cities of justice, opportunity and respect."
In addition to his scholarship, George Galster has been a generous mentor to students and junior faculty. He has also served with distinction on numerous advisory boards, academic journals, and on the governing board of this organization. Galster's work is a continual source of learning and inspiration. His profound influence in the field, particularly in housing and community development, will be felt for years to come.
More than 800 participants, representing universities, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and public and private organizations/institutions from around the world met to discuss 21st-century issues impacting urban populations and places. Conference participants represented institutions from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, San Diego State University and the University of California.