Public Policy Analyst
Achilles is a policy analyst with expertise on urbanization, labor markets, housing and the provision of infrastructure services. He has international experience advising public and private sector entities and multilateral organizations. He has consulted for the United Nations and the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and has collaborated with community networks such as Slum Dwellers International and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. His work has appeared in reports and leading scientific journals.
In addition to his work as a consultant with Politas, Achilles is affiliated with the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University. As a researcher, he has led the Land and Housing Survey in a Global Sample of Cities, a worldwide study of housing affordability and land use regulations across 200 cities. He was also the lead researcher for the Inclusive Metropolitan Labor Markets research initiative, which provided metrics for the measurement of labor market integration within and across metropolitan areas, and has collaborated on an innovative research strategy that provides a spatial rapid drinking water safety estimation for urban areas.
Achilles also teaches at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and at the New School Graduate Program for International Affairs.
Areas of Expertise: housing, infrastructure, public health, labor markets, strategic investment, local economic development, community development, urbanization, urban poverty, informality, tenure security, housing affordability, urban health, water and sanitation, transnational advocacy networks, community participation, community-gathered data, sustainability and resiliency, urban labor markets
Organizations Assisted: World Bank, United Nations, Gates Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation
Countries Assisted: Uganda, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Previous / Other Positions:
Research Scholar at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University (NYU); Part-time faculty at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and the New School Graduate Program for International Affairs
Education: Ph.D. Public and Urban Policy, New York University; M.A. International Affairs, New School University; M.A., Political Science, University of Lausanne
Publications: 7 publications in refereed journals and books; 7 working papers, reports, and articles; 7 paper presentations, conference panels, and public lectures
Languages: English (fluent), French (fluent), Greek (fluent), Spanish (intermediate)