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Urban Planning Ph.D. careers beyond academia: From local governments to the UNHCR

March 29 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

This two-part event focuses on URP Ph.D. alumni who have gone on to non-academic career paths. In Panel 1, alumni will offer 8-minute talks about their career paths and current work, ranging from leadership in local governments to working for the United Nations. Panel 2 will ask alumni to reflect on how their doctoral training transferred to a non-academic career path and to offer advice on finding and thriving in non-academic jobs.

Time Event Location
9:00 AM Opening Remarks

  • Jonathan Massey: Dean of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Rob Goodspeed: Chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Program
  • Lesli Hoey: Director of Doctoral Studies
Taubman College Commons / Hybrid
9:15 – 10:30 AM Panel 1: Dispatches from the field: The critical impact of URP Ph.D. Alumni on land use, housing, climate adaptation, and more.

  • Presentations on URP PhD alumni work/career paths + Q&A
Taubman College Commons / Hybrid
10:30 – 10:45 AM Coffee Break Taubman College Commons / In-person
10:45 – 12:15 PM Panel 2: URP Ph.D. Alumni Spotlight: Tips on exploring non-academic career paths.

  • Moderated panel discussion + Q&A
Taubman College Commons / Hybrid


March 29
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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A. Alfred Taubman Wing Commons
2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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