The Walter Stafford Project: Inequality in New York City

Bringing together specialists from diverse disciplines and practices to address inequality in New York City

Economic, racial, and social inequalities have always existed in New York City, but they have especially worsened in recent years. The late Walter W. Stafford, NYU Wagner Professor of Public Policy, studied and engaged these issues all his life. The Walter Stafford Project on Inequality in New York City invites academics to continue his work. Consistent with Professor Stafford's research, community activism, and engagement with public policy, the Project seeks to deepen research on inequality in New York and make that research useful for activists, policymakers, and academics as they seek to reduce inequality.

In the last half-century, academic and public policy writing on inequality in New York City has been characterized by specialists working in isolation from one another. The results are extensive micro-views of people, communities, and issues. The dialogue is missing a broad overview of what has occurred, identification of important trends, and bridging work between diverse sectors. The impacts of decision-making and economic developments on people and communities have been largely unrecorded. The focus of this project is to bring together specialists from diverse disciplines and practices to begin to understand what has and is occurring regarding inequality in New York City.

The Project will accomplish this in several ways:

  1. A symposium that presents and discusses papers by researchers, activists, and policymakers.
  2. A series of conversations, convened by NYC nonprofits, that bring together interested parties to create policy and implementation responses based on symposium papers and their discussion.
  3. A published anthology of papers presented at the symposium, which will be widely disseminated, as well as communicating the policy and implementation responses derived from the symposium.

Read more about the Symposium, or please consider donating to support this project.

Project organizers:

Project sponsor:
New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Dissemination

To promote and publicize the results of the symposium and the community dialogues, we will disseminate these results in two ways. One is that an anthology comprised of revised symposium papers that reflect the discussions a the symposium will be published in fall 2017. The other is that we will hold post-publication events/discussions to distribute the anthology and to consider recommendations on how to better monitor and reduce inequality.

Event dates and locations will be listed here as they become available. 

Key Dates

  • October 13-14, 2016: Symposium
  • Fall 2017: Anthology publication
  • Fall 2017: Community Dialogues and Policy Prescriptions 

Contact

Chelli Devadutt
chelli.devadutt@nyu.edu

Andrea Gordillo, Graduate Assistant, ajg627@nyu.edu

Donate

We greatly appreciate efforts to support this project.

Donate Now

We ask that you join us if support of the Walter Stafford Project on Inequality in New York City. Your donation to this very important initiative will help fund the planning and implementation of the symposium as well as the publication and dissemination of the symposium anthology. Together, we can advance research and better understand inequality in New York City.

Donate now to ensure important conversations, research, and policies that address NYC's economic, racial, and social inequalities continue to be present, relevant, and effective.