Simone Buechler is a Senior Research Associate at CUDRR+R.

Simone Buechler is an urban researcher and scholar. She has a Ph.D in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelors with a Major in International Development from Brown University.

Her work as a practitioner, researcher and scholar has concentrated on economic resilience with a focus on urban labor market restructuring during economic crises. Her academic and applied research has culminated in many journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and a book, Labor in a Globalizing City: Labor Market Restructuring in São Paulo, Brazil (Springer, 2014). She has worked primarily in Brazil particularly around industrial, community and regional environmental efforts in São Paulo, as well as with Brazilian immigrant communities in the United States and has organized workshops and panels in many countries including Jordan, Ecuador, China, Sweden and Denmark.

Dr. Buechler has worked in the area of urban economic development at two United Nations organizations, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) (today part of UN Women) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); three NGOs, Women’s World Banking, Appropriate Technology International (today renamed as Enterprise Works Worldwide\VITA) and Bread for the World; and at five universities (Metropolitan Studies at New York University, Department of Urban Planning and the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, Urban Studies at Barnard College, Sociology at Fordham University and Urban Planning and Latin American and Latino Studies and the University of Illinois at Chicago). In addition, she has been involved in research with the Academies of Science, Brookings Institute, the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, and the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU). She is currently an expert advisor for EIU’s study of 20 cities and the role of communities and culture in urban development and the intersection of urban planning/design, social capital and cultural participation.

At CUDRR+R, Dr. Buechler will work on urban and gender issues particularly in the Latin American region.