Dr. Marr has received an Abe Fellowship sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership. He will be doing an ethnographic study of service hubs serving dislocated and extremely poor persons in four global cities in the US and Japan—San’ya in Tokyo, Kamagasai in Osaka, Skid Row in Los Angeles, and the Health District in Miami. Within each country, he will be comparing a “mega-hub” which is large in population and geography, has a high concentration of social services, and faces intense gentrification (Kamagasaki and Skid Row), with a “micro-hub” which is smaller, has fewer services, and is facing less gentrification (San’ya and the Health District). Dr. Marr will be looking at how the concentration of services affects these people's experiences of human security.
"The Abe Fellowship Program encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program fosters the development of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics and willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network. In partnership with the SSRC, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established the Abe Fellowship Program as its flagship program in 1991." Abe Fellowship Program
Dr. Julie Zeng's book, State-Led Privatization in China: The Politics of Economic Reform "offers the first comparative study of China’s privatization processes at the local level. Instead of focusing solely on political elites, Julie Zeng adopts a multi-level interaction approach to examine how the complex interplay of the central leadership, grassroots officials, and state-owned enterprise managers and workers shaped the contour of privatization in China." Routledge