Mary Rocco

Term Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
Professor Mary Rocco is an urban planner whose research focuses on community and economic development, urban revitalization and neighborhood change processes.  She explores the role of civic institutions (civil society organizations, philanthropy, private enterprise and government) in urban development.  Currently, she is transitioning her dissertation, "Partnership, Philanthropy and Innovation: 21st Century Revitalization in US Legacy Cities, " into a book.  This research explores the influence of philanthropy on the revitalization of older industrial cities where foundations commit millions of dollars to urban improvements, economic development and capacity building.  This study assesses the foundations involved in urban revitalization, the grants made, the organizations that receive them, and the activities they fund toward a comprehensive understanding of how revitalization works on the ground in legacy Cities.  Professor Rocco is also interested in global stakeholder involvement in urban development and integrating knowledge about cities across humanities and design disciplines.
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