Professor Ahram Testifies before Congress on the Islamic State’s War on Women and Girls

| August 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Associate Professor, Ariel Ahram in the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, recently testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, July 29, regarding the violence against women and girls in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  His testimony was based on a report entitled, “Sexual Violence and the Making of ISIS,” which was recently published in Survival, a journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. You can find more details about the hearing, including the full video testimony and the written testimony at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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MI Visiting Fellow Savitch Pens Op-Ed, Alexandria Times

| August 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Visiting Fellow, Hank Savitch, at Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute recently penned an op-ed piece for Alexandria Times titled, ” What Allison Silberberg’s Victory Could Do for Alexandria?”  Throughout the piece, Savitch discusses how the city of Alexandria can benefit from smart growth and how the election of a new mayor could help spur this development. To read more click here.

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Metropolitan Institute’s Research Fellow Uses Expertise, Taskforce on Marijuana Policies

| July 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Visiting Research Fellow Professor John Russo at Metropolitan Institute, which is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) and partners closely with the faculty  of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), was recently appointed to the Marijuana Policies Task Force in the state of Ohio. Dr. Russo and others from a diverse group of academics, policy experts, and elected officials analyzed how the legalization of Marijuana would affect Ohio’s economy. The Taskforce report was released to the public on June 11 at a symposium hosted by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus. The report is available online at www.mpotf.org. Dr. Russo is the former coordinator of the Labor Studies Program at Williamson College of Business Administration and co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University.

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UAP Professor Publishes in “The European”….U.S. Transportation Policies

| July 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s invited blog on U.S transport policies and car culture was recently publish in The European, entitled The Policy Problem, which focused on identifying levels of the United States government that promote driving. The European was doing a series on driving in the USA. Ralph Buehler, PhD is Associate Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning and a Faculty Fellow at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Center.  Most of his research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and travel behavior in Western Europe and North America. His research interests include the influence of transport policy, land use, socio-demographics on travel behavior; the active travel and public health; and the public transport demand, supply, regional coordination, and financial efficiency. For more information about his current research and his other interests, please visit his page.  

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UAP Professor Buehler Publishes in International Planning Studies Journal

| June 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research titled “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.: A comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart regions”. The research is based on comparing the two regions’ planning for a sustainable transport. It appears in the 2015 International Planning Studies issue in volume 20, number 3 and was subsequently highlighted by CityLab, achieving 14,000 shares. The citation of the article follows: Buehler, R., Jung, W. and Hamre, A. 2015. “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.: A comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart Regions,” International Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp.292-312. For more information about this research, visit his webpage.  

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Metropolitan Institute Awarded a Grant by the County of Arlington

| June 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute has been awarded funding by the County of Arlington to further develop the use of metrics to assess the county’s economic performance.  This grant will deepen the partnership between the university and the County of Arlington.  Assistant Professor Adam Eckerd, Research Associate Lauren Bulka and Professor Susan Sterett will provide the support and the assistance on this project. Metropolitan Institute is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and partners closely with the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).  It is located in the National Capital Region in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  For more information on other research initiatives that Metropolitan Institute conducts, please visit their website.

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Professor Sterett gives invited talk at Richard Wesley Conference on Environmental Politics and Governance

| June 12th, 2015 | No Comments »

Professor Susan Sterett recently presented a talk entitled “Displacement and Legal Mobilization” at the 2015 Richard Wesley conference on Environmental Politics and Governance organized by the Center for Environmental Politics at University of Washington in Seattle. Professor Sterett is the director of the Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, which is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and partners closely with the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).  The Metropolitan Institute is located in the National Capital Region in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  For more information on the research initiatives that Metropolitan Institute conducts, please visit the website.

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Susan Sterett, Virginia Tech Professor, Participated in a DOJ Sponsored Workshop

| June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

On May 20, 2015, Dr. Susan Sterett, professor at Virginia Tech, recently participated in a Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsored workshop on Access to Civil Legal Aid held in Washington, DC.  Researchers and practitioners were invited to explore the needed research around civil legal aid and its intersection with public safety and criminal justice. Professor Sterett is the director of the Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, which is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and partners closely with the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).  The Metropolitan Institute is located in the National Capital Region in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  For more information on the research initiatives that Metropolitan Institute conducts, please visit the website.    

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Post Doctorate Fellow Wells Publishes Research in “Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography”

| May 26th, 2015 | Comments Off

Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute‘s Post Doctorate Fellow Katie Wells’ research article, “A Housing Crisis, a Failed Law, and a Property Conflict:  The US Urban Speculation Tax”, has been accepted for publication in the Antipode 47(4) for September 2015, and it is available to read online now. The article explores how cities tried to restrict profits gained on properties in the urban areas by imposing a speculation tax on the purchases of these properties.  She further highlights the failure of this policy based on 10 months of archival research and interviews in the Washington, DC area and the narrative crisis that was produced as a result of this failed policy.  Antipode is a journal that offers a radical (Marxist/socialist/anarchist/anti-racist/feminist/queer/green) analysis of geographical issues and whose intent is to engender the development of a new and better society.  It publishes five times a year by Wiley-Blackwell. Wells completed her Ph.D. in Geography at

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UAP Professor Buehler’s Bicycle Research featured on ‘Pulse of the Planet’ Radio Show

| April 14th, 2015 | Comments Off

School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research on Bicycling in the U.S. and abroad was the topic of the week recently on ‘Pulse of the Planet’, a radio show based out of New York.  Click the links below to hear the audio version of the show.  To read more about Dr. Buehler’s thoughts on this topic, visit his blog. Pulse of the Planet is broadcast over 252 public and commercial stations around the world and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, reaching over one million listeners weekly. The series is presented by the National Science Foundation.   Bicycles Comeback (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5970) Bicycles Innovation (http:/www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5972) Bicycles Commuter Bike (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5973) Bicycles Advantages (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5971) Bicycles History (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5969)   Here is a list of stations that broadcast pulse of the planet: http://www.pulseplanet.com/other/radio_stations.php

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