Nora  Libertun de Duren

Nora Libertun de Duren

Senior Specialist, Urban Development and Housing Sector, Inter-American Development Bank

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Nora Libertun de Duren is a Senior Specialist in the Urban Development and Housing Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where she leads the research and knowledge agenda. Recently, she has led the Sector Framework Document that establishes the IDB's priorities for its analytical work and its loans in Housing and Urban Development. Nora holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a Master's Degree in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. Previously, she has been the Director of Urban Planning for the City of New York and has taught urban planning and urban design at Columbia University, the MIT and Harvard University. Nora's analytical work focuses on urban sustainability, housing policies, and public space in Latin American cities. Her articles have been published in prestigious academic journals, including Cities, Urban Studies, Housing Policy Debate, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, International Journal of Housing Policy, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and City & Community, among others. Nora has been the editor of the MIT Journal of Planning, and Rapid Urbanization and Development in China and Latin America and has co-authored the book Cities & Sovereignty. Nora’s has been the recipient of numerous competitive awards, counting a Fulbright Fellowship, an MIT presidential Scholarship, a Rodwin Fellowship in environmental sustainability, a Harvard University merit scholarship and a University of Buenos Aires Award for highest achievement, and others.

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