Uwe Deichmann retired in December 2017 from World Bank’s Development Research Group as a Senior Urban Specialist. His research has looked at the role of infrastructure in promoting regional growth, urban development, and the impacts of natural hazards and global change on economic development. He was Co-Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends” and a core team member of the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography." Prior to joining the World Bank he worked for the UN Environment Program and the UN Statistics Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.