Robert Muggah


Robert Muggah directs research at the Igarapé Institute and the SecDev Foundation. He advises the Global Parliament of Mayors and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization. He is also a fellow at the Global Affairs Institute and the WEF Global Agenda Council on Fragility.

Latest Articles

Opinion: Tempering the human cost of building Brazil's dams
29 Jun 2017

In Brazil, the development of the country's dams are spurring an internal displacement crisis. Robert Muggah, Maiara Folly and Maria Beatriz Bonna Nogueira at the Igarapé Institute chart a path forward.

Opinion: The smartest cities are resilient ones
13 Mar 2017

A city must strengthen itself overall in order to effectively address its most serious problems, or implement innovative solutions. In this guest column, Michael Berkowitz of 100 Resilient Cities and Igarape Institute’s Robert Muggah discuss that by looking beyond the “shiny solutions offered by technology,” a truly resilient urban metropolises can emerge.

How cities are rewiring international affairs
3 Aug 2016

If the 20th century belonged to nation states, then the 21st will be owned by cities. When city authorities tap into the ingenuity and know-how of citizens, remarkable ecosystems of innovation emerge. The Igarapé Institute's Robert Muggah, and Eugene Zapata-Garesché from the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program, explain more in this guest column.

Development specialists must get to grips with fragile cities
6 Jan 2016

Cities are increasingly central arbitrators of politics, economics and sustainable development, writes Robert Muggah, director of research at the Igarapé Institute and the SecDev Foundation, in this guest commentary.