Justin D Stern

Social Sciences (Urban Studies)

Assistant Professor

Email: justin.stern@yale-nus.edu.sg

Assistant Professor Justin D Stern joined Yale-NUS College as an Urban Studies faculty in January 2020. He also holds an appointment in the Asian Urbanisms cluster at the Asia Research Institute.

Asst Prof Stern’s research focuses on the interplay of economic development, technological disruption, and urban form in the rapidly urbanising regions of East and Southeast Asia. In his current research project, Global Outsourcing, Local Transformations: Transnational Business and Urban Restructuring in the Philippines, Asst Prof Stern is studying the socio-spatial implications of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines. A key finding of the research is that the expansion of the BPO industry is driving a new type of urban agglomeration in the Philippines, one in which issues of time – and the specific time zone(s) served – shape the organisation of physical space, and influence urban design and planning practices.

Asst Prof Stern holds a PhD in Urban Planning and a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies and Political Economy from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2020, he was the Harold A. Pollman Postdoctoral Fellow in Real Estate and Urban Development at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Asst Prof Stern practised as an urban planner in the affordable housing sector in the South Bronx, New York City.

Cities and Urbanisation, International and Comparative Planning, Urban Design, Economic Development, the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Adelaide to Zhuhai: Cities in Comparative Perspective
Cities and Economic Development
Comparative Social Inquiry
Urban ASEAN: The Changing City in Southeast Asia