Paul is a political scientist by training, specialized in urban policy and governance. He received his doctorate in policy, planning and development from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2009. He has an MA in urban management from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, 1996) and an MA in international relations from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs (1992). Paul’s doctoral work was on land sharing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he worked from 2003 to 2007 as an advisor on land, housing and poverty reduction issues at the Municipality of Phnom Penh and the Ministry of Land Management, with various donor programs. Paul presently works as the Coordinator of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia, based at IIAS. He is also a consultant in urban development, focused on cities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.