Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urban studies theorists. He is the Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy at the Rotman School of Management and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Cities, University of Toronto. He coined the concept of the creative class, which helped characterize the widespread gentrification of urban neighborhoods. His theory on the power of place, he argues, is as important as ever, despite technology and globalization suggesting that where you live doesn’t matter anymore. Florida has also addressed the downside of the back-to-the-city movement, and tackled the problems of gentrification, inequality and segregation by proposing more inclusive cities, capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all.In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Florida is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning “The Rise of the Creative Class” and “The New Urban Crisis.” He is co-founder of CityLab, the leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism. He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group, a global advisory firm composed of expert researchers, academics, and business strategists that gives companies and regions leading insights to achieve growth and prosperity.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Richard Florida and other top speakers and celebrities.