Join the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) on Wednesday, March 27, from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., for their first seminar of the Spring 2024 semester. Dr. Jovanna Rosen, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration, will present, “Community Benefits: Developers, Negotiations, and Accountability.” This free event will take place at the Honors College, located at 319 Cooper Street. 


This book dives deep into four case studies—in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, and Milwaukee—to answer the following questions: Who ultimately benefits from both the agreements and the projects in question? How do benefits get delivered, and who controls this process? What works for these agreements to successfully produce community outcomes? Rosen shows that, without agreements that promote accountability, developers and other project proponents can walk away from the negotiating table once the agreement is signed and the development moves forward. The cases reveal specific elements that agreements require to achieve success during implementation: community participation, managerial connections, effective partnerships, responsiveness, and vigorous oversight with accountability mechanisms. Although creating these conditions is difficult, sometimes impossible, and contingent on fragile processes, Rosen concludes the book with recommendations for both the agreement negotiation and implementation phases to ensure success.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jovanna Rosen is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers-University Camden whose research focuses on community development, environmental justice, and urban inequality. Her current work is driven by two primary questions: First, what factors are driving urban inequality? How are low-income residents and communities impacted? Second, what tools and strategies promote equitable, sustainable and just cities? Her book, Community Benefits: Developers, Negotiations, and Accountability, focuses on the second question.

Jovanna Rosen’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and ResearchPlanning Theory, and the Journal of Planning Literature.

This event is cosponsored by the Honors College.