Bernadette Baird-Zars supports Columbia World Projects' inclusive urbanism initiatives in pandemic recovery, post-disaster response, and land use and local governance. She earned her doctorate in urban planning from Columbia University in 2021. Her research identifies patterns in local implementation of land use plans and how they impact socio-ecological precarity in peri-urban areas, particularly under conditions of uncertainty and transition. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy and USAID-OFDA. She co-edited and authored components of “Zoning: a Guide for 21st Century Planning” (Routledge 2020), as well as articles on zoning relief and local governance in the Arab world that were published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research and Middle East Law and Governance. Bernadette has taught classes on land use, housing, governance and environmental practice at the Marxe School at Baruch, NYU Wagner, and Columbia GSAPP. She served as the IDC Foundation Fellow and helped launch GSAPP's Housing Lab. She is a partner at Alarife Urban Associates and has worked for over a decade with development banks, non-profits and public entities on affordable housing and planning initiatives across Latin America, the Middle East and the United States.