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Patricia Wilson

CWGS Affiliate FacultyPhD, Cornell University

Professor in the School of Architecture
Patricia Wilson



areas of interest

Civic engagement and dialogue; participatory planning; international development; community development; sustainable social development

Current Research, Scholarship and Teaching

Dr. Wilson teaches international development, public participation, and conflict resolution skills. Her research focuses on individual and social transformation, strengthening civil society, and community-building. She uses the methods of appreciative inquiry, social narrative, and participatory action research, and draws upon the theories of communicative action, social learning, and holistic emergent systems. Current and recent projects include participatory neighborhood recovery planning in New Orleans and women's empowerment for collaborative leadership in rural India.


Dr. Wilson holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford and a Master's and Ph.D. in Planning from Cornell. She has worked in economic development planning at the local and Federal level, for the City of San Francisco and the Economic Development Administration in Washington, DC. She has also worked in grassroots community development in Hispanic neighborhoods in San Francisco and Austin, and was the principal investigator for a national study of subemployment and the urban underclass. At the University of Texas, she designed the economic development concentration in planning and developed the Joint Master's Program in Planning and Latin American Studies.

Dr. Wilson began her international development work in the mid-1970s in Latin America, where she taught regional economics at the Universidad Catolica in Lima, Peru, and regional development planning at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, also in Lima. Her research and consulting has focused on integrated regional development, export-led development, decentralization and municipal strengthening, and most recently democratization and participation. Besides Peru, she has worked in Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile. From 1990 to 1992 she served as president of the Sociedad Interamericana de Planificacion, the professional society of Latin American planners. She has published three books and numerous articles on planning and development in Latin America, including Exports and Local Development: Mexico's New Maquiladoras (University of Texas Press, 1992). Recent field work has been in Peru and India.

Current Courses

Selected Publications

Selected Book Reviews

Course Projects


ANS 391 • Intl Sustainable Social Devel

29837 • Spring 2006
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM BTL 101

Study of various subjects with Asian studies-related content.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Some topics are offered on the letter-grade basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

AMS 391 • Deep Democ: Dialogue Of Exchng

28211 • Fall 2005
Meets M 6:00PM-9:00PM SUT 2.114

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

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