Gavin is Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, where he is also Director of the Asian Studies Program. His research is primarily focused on Asian urban development, with a particular interest in contemporary urban redevelopment practices and real estate dynamics, urban inequality, and community organizing and collective action around issues of shelter and infrastructure delivery.
His articles have appeared in Environment and Planning A, Cities, Urban Studies, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Planning Theory, and other leading urban studies and planning journals. He is editor of Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local (Wiley), which examines the changing political economy of post-liberalization Indian cities. His book Collective Action and Urban Poverty Alleviation: Community Organizations and the Struggle for Shelter in Manila (Ashgate), examines the factors that lead to success in efforts at collective action for shelter and infrastructure improvement. Professor Shatkin undertook research on urban development in Kolkata as a Fulbright Scholar, and also spent time as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. He has his Ph.D. From Rutgers University.