An internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California; a contributing editor to the City Journal in New York; a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a Fellow at the National Chamber Foundation. A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions and cities. He also serves as executive editor of the website www.newgeography.com.
Described by the New York Times as America’s “uber-geographer,” for over three decades Mr. Kotkin has been one of the nation’s most prolific and widely-published journalists. He currently writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes.com.
He is the author of The Next Hundred Million: America In 2050. The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. His previous, also critically acclaimed book, The City: A Global History (2006). Mr. Kotkin is also the author of The New Geography, How The Digital Revolution Is Reshaping The American Landscape (2000); and Tribes: How Race, Religion And Identity Determine Success In The New Global Economy (1993) which traces the connection between ethnicity and business success — how in-group loyalties are becoming the driving force in the new global economy.
He previously wrote the monthly “Grass Roots Business” column in The New York Times’ Sunday Business section and served as West Coast Editor for Inc. Magazine for five years and continues to contribute to the publication. His work also appears in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Politico, Foreign Policy, The American, and The Daily Beast.
Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study focusing on London, Mumbai and Mexico City; as well as other studies of New York, Los Angeles, Houston and St. Louis, among others.
In association with the Planning Center and the La Jolla Institute, in 2006 he completed a year-long study on the future of suburban development. He recently completed an international study on “the new world order” for the Legatum Institute in London, UK. He is currently working on several studies including one on the Great Plains for Texas Tech University, an examination of the phenomena of childlessness sponsored in co-operation with Chapman University, as well as a study of future American “growth corridors” for the Manhattan Institute.
Mr. Kotkin lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations. In 2010 he won the Gene Burd Award for best urban reporting. He is currently serving as a guest lecturer at Singapore’s Civil Service College.