The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Josiah Lindquist, a member of the Urban Information Lab and a Master’s of Community and Regional Planning Candidate at the University of Texas, has been selected as a Fulbright Research Award recipient for the 2020-2021 academic year. Lindquist will complete a project in the southern province of Guangdong, China that aims to examine the lived experience of residents in internationally-planned and binational new- and eco-towns. The project will include collaboration with scholars at Shenzhen University and the South China University of Technology, two global hubs for Smart City research.
Lindquist’s interest is peaked by the unique perspective that China offers on how we begin experimenting with technology to improve public space. He says, "unprecedented urban-rural migration has made Southern China a dynamic laboratory for urbanization." Lindquist is passionate about finding ways to develop highly advanced cities while providing the potential for organic growth, that of which a traditional city develops.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 60 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 86 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
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