Theses Master's

Crossing Borders: Policy Transfer of Slum Upgrading Practices in Southeast Asia

Lee, Geon Woo

Throughout history, urban planners and international organizations have implemented urban slum upgrading projects across different time periods and geographies. This process, known as policy transfer, happens frequently in urban planning, yet planning is inherently about responding to the local context. Thus, understanding of policy transfer of planning practices, such as urban slum upgrading, is crucial. Using two recent slum upgrading projects (Vietnam Urban Upgrading Project and the Indonesia National Slum Upgrading Project) in Southeast Asia as case studies, this thesis seeks to understand how the World Bank adjusts the implementation of urban slum upgrading according to different local conditions. An evaluation matrix assessing the priorities of measurable objectives of the two projects with qualitative analysis of local conditions are performed to support the findings.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Wu, Weiping
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
July 14, 2021