The goal of the workshop is to discuss new ideas and advance research on the changing nature of urban politics and governance by bringing together scholars across disciplinary boundaries. There have been differences in approach to these questions in recent years. Critics of the Chicago School tradition of urban research have focused on its conception of cities as composed of “natural areas,” wherein local conditions derive primarily from competition among groups and individuals, rather than the broader political and governance structure of the city. However, many of these critiques have in turn ignored selection processes of individuals. They typically posit more unified “top down” actors or decision-making processes than the research suggests is empirically warranted. This stalemate has become particularly salient in light of ongoing secular trends in the US. The federal government has dedicated fewer resources to cities and has increasingly delegated decisions about resource allocation to the local level. The decisions of local stakeholders matter more than ever, and individual mobility patterns continue to respond to and reshape the metropolis (e.g., through immigration). The recent fiscal crisis has added an urgent dimension in this direction—the scarcity of resources means that allocation decisions are taking on increased importance in explaining urban inequality. The program will focus on four domains (health, housing, social services, and economic development [which includes gentrification and land use]) as well as urban governance and the future of the city.