Andrew Stokols is an urban planner/designer and researcher, currently completing a masters in urban planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Recent research projects include an analysis of the role of the global logistics industry and the "one belt one road" program on furthering urbanization in Central Asia, and an application of urban network analysis to improve walkability and accessibility in China's super block neighborhoods.
Andrew has worked across Asia and the U.S. on a wide range of projects involving sustainable development and cities.
As a 2012 Fulbright Fellow in China, Andrew spent a year in Xi'an studying the effects of forced relocation on rural livelihoods in western China. He documented the challenges of farmers who have been moved as part of massive relocation projects, to specially-built "urban" dwellings in new towns across China as part of the government's efforts to boost consumption and end rural poverty. He also studied the efforts of Chinese cities to develop "creative" industry zones based around innovative industries and arts, as exemplified in Xi'an's development of numerous such zones. After this, he worked at the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Washington D.C., compiling analysis on the impact of WRI projects in various cities, and helping compile research for the director of the center.
Before that he worked for a nonprofit in Beijing managing heritage preservation and rural development projects as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow, and taught GIS to community organizations and students as a 2011 Davis Peace Prize Fellow in Sri Lanka. He has also consulted for the Global Heritage Fund to develop sustainable tourism guidelines in the UNESCO city of Pingyao, China. He also spent a year in as an editor and reporter with the Korea Joong-Ang Daily/International New York Times in Seoul, South Korea, where he wrote on China-Korea relations, and Seoul's new eco-city, among other topics.
Andrew graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in history and urban planning, and a minor in global poverty and practice and is currently a Masters in Urban Planning candidate (exp. 2017) at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, ChinaFile, and ChinaDialogue.