Uwe Deichmann is the Co-Director of the World Development Report 2016. Prior to this, he was a Senior Environmental Specialist in the Development Research Group and coordinator of its Spatial Analysis Team. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development. He is currently working on approaches to information based urban management in rapidly growing cities and on poverty-environment linkages. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked for the UN Environment Program and the UN Statistics Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara.