Mildred Warner



Cities across the world are faced with the challenges of fiscal stress, service delivery restructuring, and the imperative to promote economic development. Mildred Warner is an international expert on restructuring local government services, how to plan for more child and age-friendly cities, and how to promote environmental sustainability at the local level. Decentralization has elevated the importance of local government worldwide, but social protection is challenged by devolution, privatization, and fiscal crisis. Cities must pick up the slack and Warner's research explores how. She has authored more than a hundred journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports, and has received major research grants from government and foundations. Warner works closely with local government, planners, policy analysts, economic developers, and union leaders both in the U.S. and abroad. She received her B.A in history from Oberlin College, and her M.S. in agricultural economics and Ph.D. in development sociology from Cornell.


  • Warner, M.E. and Clifton, J., "Marketization, Public Services and the City: The Potential for Polanyian Counter Movements," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7(1): 45–61 (2014)

  • Warner, M.E., "Private Interest in Public Finance: Social Impact Bonds," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 16(4): 303–319 (2013)

  • Warner, Mildred E. and Lingwen Zheng, "Business Incentive Adoption in the Recession," Economic Development Quarterly, 27(2): 90–101 (2013)