Professor of Law and Public Policy,
Sheila R. Foster is a joint Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Prior to joining Georgetown in Fall of 2017, she was a University Professor and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University. She also co-directed the Fordham Urban Law Center and was a founder of the Fordham University Urban Consortium. She served as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean at Fordham Law School from 2008-2014. Prior to joining Fordham, she was a Professor of Law at the Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. Professor Foster writes in the areas of property, environmental law and justice, urban land use law and policy, and state and local government. Her most recent work explores questions of property, urban law and governance through the lens of the “commons” exemplified by her article The City as a Commons in the Yale Law and Policy Review (2016) and a forthcoming MIT Press Book, The Co-City (both with Christian Iaione) As co-director of the international Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons (LabGov), Professor Foster is currently engaged with a groundbreaking applied research project, the “Co-Cities Project.” The Co-Cities project is collecting data on public policies and local projects from over 100 cities around the world that are spurring collaborative economies as a driver of local economic development, inclusive urban regeneration, and social innovation in urban services provision. LabGov is applying the Co-City methodology in cities around the world including New York City, Baton Rouge, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo, San Jose (CR), Rome, Turin, and Bologna among others. More about the Co-City approach can be found at http://commoning.city/ Professor Foster has been involved on many levels with urban policy. She currently is the chair of the advisory committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors and serves on the
New York City Panel on Climate Change (and co-chairs one of its working groups on climate adaptation and equity).