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An internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the author of THE NEXT HUNDRED MILLION: America in 2050, published  by The Penguin Press. The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. His previous, also critically acclaimed book, was THE CITY: A GLOBAL HISTORY.

Mr. Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Editor of the widely read website www.newgeography.com. He writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes.com.  He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore.  He serves on the editorial board of the Orange County Register and writes a weekly column for that paper, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.  

Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the rise of growth corridors in the US economy.  His recent report, “Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented not only in the United States, but in Israel, Brazil, Canada and other countries.

This June, he released a new report on the future of housing for Chapman University and Fieldstead and Company. Currently he is working on several new reports, including one on the future of Global Cities, a collaboration between the Civil Service College and the new Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy. He is also finishing a study on New Orleans for Greater New Orleans Inc and another on the future of affordable housing for National CORE, a low-income housing organization.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City; as well as other studies of New York, Los Angeles, Houston and St. Louis, among others. In 2010 he completed an international study on “the new world order”  for the Legatum Institute in London, UK that traced transnational ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia. Last year he--working with Praxis Strategy Group--completed an examination of the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University.

Joel on Reason.tv

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Watch Joel in this feature on the role of central planning in Los Angeles. View large version.

Interview on Smartplanet.com

"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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Praise for The Next Hundred Million

Kotkin has a striking ability to envision how global forces will shape daily family life, and his conclusions can be thought-provoking as well as counterintuitive. It's amazing there isn't more public discussion about the enormous changes ahead, and reassuring to have this talented thinker on the case. — Jennifer Ludden, NPR national desk correspondent

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