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Ellen Hamilton is a Lead Urban Specialist for the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice – Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank.  Ellen is a global expert and thought leader with twenty five years experience leading analytical work and projects focusing on sustainable urban development, covering topics such as: affordable land/ housing supply and demand;  urban growth;  urban planning: urban services; municipal management; municipal finance; urban upgrading and regeneration, and conflict and violence prevention.

She particularly enjoys working across sectoral boundaries.   She has experience in post-conflict and fragile states as well as upper middle income countries in Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Columbia University and wrote her dissertation about housing and residential differentiation in Moscow.