Victoria Beard

International Faculty Fellow
Victoria Beard


Victoria Beard is an associate professor of city and regional planning in Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is a core faculty member in the Einaudi Center’s Southeast Asia Program, and she is a faculty fellow in both Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research.

Her research and teaching focus is on international urbanization and planning. She is especially interested in the relationship between community-based planning and poverty in the Global South. Her research explores the intersection of collective action, social movements, transnational processes, and planning.

During the past 15 years, Beard also has worked as a planning practitioner for organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, and RAND. Her professional work has focused on three areas: support for community-based organizations that plan and manage sustainable development; design, implementation, and evaluation of programs that address poverty; and applied social science research and evaluation.