Dr. Jen Nelles is currently a Visiting Associate Professor in the Urban Public Policy and Planning Department at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City. Her research focuses on the areas of metropolitan governance, regional economic development, multilevel governance, and regional transportation planning. She is particularly interested in developing ways of improving coordination between local authorities to address modern social, economic, and environmental issues that inevitably transcend geographic and jurisdictional boundaries. She is the author of Comparative Metropolitan Policy: Governing Beyond Local Boundaries in the Imagined Metropolis (Routledge, 2012) and co-author of A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016). Jen holds a Master and PhD degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto.