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letter from the group head


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We welcome you to the Fall 2017 semester.   The semester begins on a sober note as we are all thinking of the disaster in the Gulf Coast. Along with ongoing threats like climate change (heightened by the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord) and the EPA’s dismantling of environmental, health and safety regulations, this recent tragedy emphasizes that - more than ever - those of us focused on environmental and sustainability issues have our work cut out for us.

EPP students led, contributed, and worked on a great many exciting projects this summer.  We have already heard from a few students about their efforts, please watch the DUSP Facebook and EPP Blog for stories detailing their work.  We hope that both students and alumni alike will continue to send us updates on all your work. Please send any updates to Takeo Kuwabara.  Also keep, an eye out for an email from EPP every week or two, highlighting the findings from one of thea Spring 2017 EPP MCP theseis.

Many new faces – both students and faculty – join EPP this year.  Short bios of new EPP students are included towards the end of this newsletter. We want to take this opperunity to remind you of three new faculty joining EPP this fall;  Erica James, Siqi Zheng and Gregg Macey. Professor Zheng joined DUSP in Spring 2017 as the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship, and serves as the Faculty Director at the Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab. Zheng brings formidable knowledge of China’s urban development, particularly analyses of housing markets and policy, environmental impacts of urbanization, and the behavioral foundations of development in China. Professor James is a medical anthropologist (MA/PhD, Harvard University) whose work on community health includes a focus on political factors, such as the post-conflict transition process, race, gender, and security.  She is the founding director of MIT’s Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI). Professor Macey joins DUSP as a Visiting Professor of Law to teach Environmental Justice, encouraging students to analyze and address inequalities in the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens.

A highlight of the EPP events planned for this fall are three visits by Professor Stephen Carpenter of Pennylvania State University, where he is Professor of African American Studies and Art Education. Carpenter is also a performance artist focused on meeting water needs around the world and the disruptive nature of art intervention. With support from the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), he will be organizing open performances, seminars and public lunches with art educators from around the Boston area.

We also encourage you to attend the EPP lunches held throughout the semester (lunch is provided at no charge). If there is a speaker you would like to bring to MIT or another event you want to propose, contact one of us or DUSP Communications Coordinator, Takeo Kuwabara to discuss the possibilities.

In addition, please see the brief overviews from faculty of some exciting research projects currently taking place in EPP and across the Institute.  If you are interested in any of these projects, don’t be shy to reach out to a professor to find out about opportunities in their research group.

We look forward to an exciting semester!

Larry Susskind,
Co-Head, EPP
Janelle Knox-Hayes,
Co-Head, EPP

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faculty news


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Achieving Water Affordability in America’s Shrinking Cities

The Flint water crisis has radically questioned the current status of drinking water safety in the United States. Beyond exposing instances of environmental injustice, the crisis has unveiled the massive infrastructure challenges that the country must address in the near future. According to EPA estimates, fixing America’s outdated water and wastewater infrastructure will require close to one trillion dollars over the next 20 to 25 years. Faced with these projections, urban water utilities (especially those in ‘shrinking cities’), have responded with stronger consideration of private sector involvement and water rate increases. As steeply rising water rates in cities such as Detroit and Baltimore have outpaced low-income customers’ ability to pay, mass water disconnections and ‘pockets of water poverty’ are signaling the onset of a water affordability crisis in urban America. Rather than joining scholars and advocates in mobilizing against current utility practices, we propose to work directly with utilities and stakeholders in four shrinking cities. Our aim is to develop financially sustainable and socially equitable solutions that will help make drinking water affordable for all urban residents, regardless of income, class and race. Relying on interviews, document reviews, participatory action research and program evaluation, our project will develop and disseminate specific policy recommendations for urban water professionals while applying and advancing debates across the fields of environmental policy, environmental justice, public finance, and urban planning.

This research project is being led by PHD Candidate Andrea Beck, Assistant Professor Gabriella Carolini, and Professor Lawrence Susskind.


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Cyber negotiation Playbook for Critical Infrastructure Security

Cybersecurity is often portrayed as a ‘cat and mouse’ game testing the relative technical prowess of the attacker and the defender. However, it can equally be considered a battle of social wits. Negotiation in the cyber realm presents a significantly different dynamic from person-to-person negotiations typical of the boardroom, since there is no chance to read the face of the other side. You may have limited opportunity to negotiate in real time and you probably will have no ability to ascertain the culture or values of the hacker. With critical infrastructure under constant attack by hackers – both state sponsored and hobbyists - operators and managers must be prepared to negotiate with cyber terrorists. Our research involves working with managers of critical urban infrastructure to simulate attacks and help them develop a cyber negotiation playbook.

This joint research effort team inlcudes Greg Falco (DUSP PHD student), Alicia Noregia (DUSP MCP student), Howard Shrobe (Associate Director, CSAIL), and Larry Susskind (Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning).


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What does it take to be an effective environmental problem-solver?  

The knowledge and skills central to Environmental Problem-Solving are now available from Anthem Press in an online self-instructional form. Edited by Lawrence Susskind, Bruno Verdini, Jessica Gordon, and Yasmin Zaerpoor of MIT’s internationally known Environmental Policy and Planning Program, Environmental Problem-Solving - a video-enhanced Self-Instructional e-Book from MIT includes videos of “the best answers and the best presentations” submitted by students in response to assignments. The e-book also includes short excerpts from and commentaries on the most important readings in the field, along with exercises that test your ability to apply the essentials of environmental policy-making, environmental ethics, tools for environmental analysis, and strategies for collective problem-solving. The material is presented in a comparative (international) format.


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Iceland Research: Social Values and Sustainability

Professor Knox-Hayes visited Iceland during summer 2017 to continue her research on the relationship between social value and sustainability, supported by a Fulbright NSF Arctic grant. In addition to conducting interviews with various stakeholders—including sheep farmers, café owners, artists, and greenhouse managers—she traveled around Iceland to examine how Icelanders are linking sustainability with social value in practice. This included surveying how policymakers are enacting infrastructure policy, how Icelanders are adapting to rapid shifts in their national political and economic foundations with amassive influx of tourism, and how Icelanders are engaging with the tradeoffs between tourism growth and environmental preservation. Overall, the trip was a substantial success and provided a wealth of rich empirical material. Students interested in research opportunities that relate to social value and sustainability, including travel opportunities in Nordic countries, are encouraged to contact Professor Knox-Hayes at jankh@mit.edu.


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What layers of understanding are revealed when we expand, rather than simplify, the discussion of sharing economies?

In a new article entitled ‘Sharing Economies: Moving beyond Binaries in a Digital Age’ in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Anna Davies (Trinity College), Betsy Donald (Queen’s University), and Mia Gray (University of Cambridge) explore the benefits of building a lexicon for describing and understanding diverse sharing economies. This enhanced and defined language would include specific classification of sharing and sharing economies, how they contribute to various geographies, how labor and work is defined within the sharing economy, the role of the state and governance in regulation and practice, and the wider impacts of sharing economies.

To read the full special issue, co-edited by DUSP Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes, click here.


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How can we overcome barriers to adoption of technological solutions for urban water pollution?

One of the leading causes of water pollution is runoff from continued urbanization and aging urban infrastructure. Two new technologies, green and smart infrastructure systems, are often proposed to improve stormwater management. DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu, with Professor Bridget Wadzuk of Villanova University, examine the perspectives of local agency officials in Pennsylvania to better understand perceived advantages and disadvantages of these proposed technologies, and to suggest how to overcome barriers to adoption.

To read the full article in the Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, click here.


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How do energy measurement and disclosure policies affect energy consumption?

Buildings are responsible for about 40% of primary energy consumption and one-third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. As part of energy efficiency efforts, governments increasingly require building owners to measure and disclose their energy use, but do these policies themselves affect energy consumption? In a new article for Energy, DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu and the University of Calgary's Dr. Albert Han applied a rigorous causal analysis method to conclude that buildings in New York City reduced energy consumption by 12-14% over the first four years after this policy was implemented.

To read the full article, click here.


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Does our health care affect where we live?

While the relationship between neighborhood effects on health are widely supported by current research, what do we know about how health selection into neighborhoods affect the observed link between place and health?

In an article in Preventive Medicine Reports, DUSP's Mariana Arcaya, Ruth Coleman (Oxford), Fahad Rzazk (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital), Maria Alva (RTI International), and Rury Holman (Oxford) explore the hidden factors that may inform the connection between where we live and health outcomes.

To read the full article, click here.


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How can the United States better provide post-disaster direct housing assistance? 

Together with Miho Mazaereeuw (Architecture), Caitlin Mueller (Architecture), Stephen Graves (Sloan) and others, Justin Steil is working to research, design, and model safe, affordable, scalable housing solutions for multiple post-disaster contexts. The goal is a direct housing assistance process that is both survivor-centric and cost-effective.


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How do households choose neighborhoods?

How households make decisions about where to live has obvious implications for residential segregation by both race and class.  Technological developments, such as the availability of online search engines, have the potential to change aspects of households’ decision-making process.  What do we know about households’ decision-making processes about neighborhoods, and what are the potential leverage points in those processes where intervention can contribute to the creation of more integrated places?  Justin Steil and co-author Reed Jordan analyze and map these decisionmaking processes in a chapter on “Household Neighborhood Decision-making and Segregation,”in the forthcoming A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality.


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Has China's investment in industrial parks dispersed diverse economic benefit to proximate areas?

In a new place-based study in the Journal of Urban Economics, DUSP's Siqi Zheng, Weizeng Sun (Jinan University), Jianfeng Wu (Fudan University), and Mathew Kahn (USC Economics Department) measure and analyze the spillover effects of 110 industrial parks built near eight major cities in China, focusing on the changes in productivity, wages, and localized employment in the urban areas.

To read the full study, click here.


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Expanding negotiation and leadership practice on campus

Bruno Verdini teaches MIT's popular undergraduate course elective The Art and Science of Negotiation. In spring 2016, he created an entirely new syllabus from scratch (25 new sessions out of 25; 72 new readings out of 79; 12 new exercises out of 14) as he prepared to teach the course for the first time, taking over from former DUSP Professor Xavier Briggs and former Harvard Business School Professor Greg Barron. With the new pedagogy in place, which emphasizes research and training materials solely at the graduate and professional school level, registration numbers have increased over 800%, from 50 to 420 students per year. The course elective now attracts over 210 STEM undergraduates per semester, from more than 18 different MIT departments. In light of these results, as a recipient of the 2017 MIT D’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education, Bruno, in partnership with Professor Lawrence Susskind, has been entrusted by MIT with helming the university-wide efforts among its five Schools (Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Sloan; Science), to create MIT’s HASS Concentration in Negotiation and Leadership. The concentration’s curriculum, involving over 12 different courses, is being built in collaboration with faculty from a wide array of departments, and a multi-disciplinary team of over 30 undergraduate students.


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I have to win … therefore you have to lose … right?

Over the past few months, the role of the United States in global environmental diplomacy has changed, in terms of the ways in which political leadership is wielded and the public narrative around which problems are framed. At the core lies the conviction that there are clear winners and losers, in trade, environmental protection, and conflict resolution. Based on his empirical findings in high-stakes natural resource management disputes between developed and developing countries, including the United States and Mexico, Bruno unpacks a set of decision-making and media strategies by which government, industry, and non-profit stakeholders can bypass the presumption that there are not enough resources to go around, and that one side must win and the other must inevitably lose. Outlining how to increase river-basin supply in the face of drought, enact innovative investment strategies between upstream and downstream riparians, and create science-driven pulse and base flows to restore ecosystems and habitats, Bruno has been invited as an official speaker at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Sustainable Development Summit (UNGA72) to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York City and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP23) to be held in Bonn, Germany this fall. Bruno will be presenting insights to diplomats, industry managers, faculty, and decision-makers from his book, Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook, being published this fall by MIT Press.


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Moving from individual to organizational performance

In the energy sector, as a result of landmark constitutional reforms that have transformed exploration and production, Mexico is facing a completely new set of market incentives. The disruptive impacts on decades-old organizational culture are significant as international energy companies and transnational environmental organizations bring into play a new set of priorities. In order to develop a competitive advantage and foster resilient agreements, Bruno, as Executive Director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program, is spearheading the partnership with the leading Mexican energy companies to identify their current organizational barriers to deploying best practice. The responsibility is to facilitate a shift in mindset from thinking about negotiation as an individual skill and instead conceive of it as a core organizational competence. The responsibility is to assist the leading national energy companies in developing the incentives, procedures, and metrics to enhance negotiation behavior as an abiding competitive advantage, boosting energy transition and planning, and enhancing decision-making in the face of climate risks.

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Enivronmental Policy and Planning Lunch Series

This fall semester EPP will host four group lunches. The first lunch of the series is restricted to the EPP Group faculty and students. The group will have a chance to catch up on summer activities and faculty members will discuss their current research projects, highlighting how new and returning students have a chance to collaborate. The next three EPP lunches are open to the MIT community and will focus on specific topics, that will be decided by the group. If you are interested in joining us for these lunches please keep an eye on the MIT Events Calendar and the DUSP Facebook page for more information. If you have a topic you would like to discuss, please contact Takeo Kuwabara, Larry Susskind, or Janelle Knox-Hayes.

  • EPP First Lunch (Limited to EPP students and faculty) | Monday 9/11/17 9-217 12:30-2pm
  • EPP Second Lunch (open to the MIT Community) | Wednesday 10/11/17 9-450B 12:30-2pm
  • EPP Third Lunch (open to the MIT Community) | Monday 11/6/17 9-450B  12:30-2pm
  • Final EPP Lunch (open to the MIT Community) | Monday 12/4/17 9-450B  12:30-2pm

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Art, Science and Social Practice with B. Stephen Carpenter

B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, and Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, will combine art, science and social practice to demonstrate how to enhance sustainability through socially engaged art.

During the fall term, Carpenter will provide new perspectives on the global water crisis (particularly in Africa and Central America) through a series of seminars, performances and workshops. The series, entitled Intentionally Disruptive: Art, Responsibility and Pedagogy, will provide an opportunity for students, faculty and the MIT community to work with Carpenter and learn about his work and approach to socially engaged art. He will also model how social practice (as action researchers, artists and activists) can increase access to potable water in politically marginalized communities in the United States and abroad.

Making Something From Nothing: Appropriate Technology as Intentionally Disruptive Responsibility
Lecture & Performance
Friday, September 29, 2017 / 2:00–4:00pm
Community Forum & Lunch
Saturday, September 30, 2017 / 12:00–2:00pm
MIT Building 9-255

Water scarcity and population growth are intensifying the global water crisis. One response to this is point-of-use ceramic water filters, an approach used in many parts of the world yet still in an early stage of use, deployment and impact. B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP), hopes to render the global water crisis more tangible in context as a socio-environmental issue. This lecture and performance offers a rich space in which to consider intersections of art and public pedagogy, artistic production, environmental politics, place-based education, cultural production, socially responsive engineering and social action.

Double Taking and Troublemaking: Socially Engaged Practice as Intentionally Disruptive Art
Lecture & Performance
Friday, October 6, 2017 / 2:00–4:00pm
Community Forum & Lunch
Saturday, October 7, 2017 / 12:00–2:00pm
MIT Building 9-255

Socially engaged art-making tactics can encourage the disruption of long-held cultural, social and historical assumptions. B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and the Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP), seeks to challenge conventional social, cultural and visual assumptions of teaching, discussing and owning segregationist practices. We invite the community to participate and consider a range of recent participatory art projects that employ digital photography, social media and public performances as means to explore themes of segregation, racism, accommodation, access and water as a basic human right. The program will have a special focus on resources for K–12 teachers, for more information contact higginsk@mit.edu.

When Curriculum Becomes Art Practice: Educational Experience as Intentionally Disruptive Pedagogy
Lecture & Performance
Friday, November 17, 2017 / 2:00–4:00pm
Community Forum & Lunch
Saturday, November 18, 2017 / 12:00–2:00pm
MIT Building 9-255

In his final residency visit, B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and the Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP), will explore “art at the pedagogical turn” in relation to curriculum theorizing and participatory art practice. In this lecture and performance, curatorial practice will also be considered as a means to expand the conceptual framework.

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new students

Max Arnell

Max grew up in New Jersey and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bates College. He taught middle school math in Brooklyn, and came to city planning as a way to address issues of systemic inequity on a broad scale. Max moved to the Bay Area and became involved with the Oakland 100 Resilient Cities team through the city planning career discovery program at UC Berkeley. Since early 2015, he has been working with the Transportation Division of the City of Berkeley on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and planning, and has also been involved with the Council of Community Housing Organizations in San Francisco on issues of housing equity. His interests include the intersection of the built environment and lived experience, with an eye towards creating a sustainable future and cities that work for everyone.

Tessa Buono

Tessa studied Environmental Science at Cornell University and has since worked as an Engineering Technician for Portland, Oregon’s Bureau of Transportation. While at MIT, she aspires to develop her skills in conflict mitigation as a means to address natural resource management issues. She's most interested in conflict mitigation between diverse land management agencies and their stakeholders. She is intrigued by environmental planners who are faced with competing natural resources and responsible for researching and obtaining scientific records, fostering communications with the public, and creating long-term management plans for natural areas. Tessa is also very interested in the influence of Native American history and culture in natural resource management decisions. Outside of DUSP, you’ll find Tessa rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, practicing yoga, and singing jazz/soul.

Collyn Chan

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Collyn holds a B.Sc. in Global Resource Systems specializing in economics and environmental policy from the University of British Columbia. Collyn has worn many hats, from developing financial funding models for sustainability programs, to designing green building policies and systems that promote sustainable behaviour changes. Prior to MIT, she spent two years designing community engagement strategies, visualizing data and training as a facilitator with a focus on intercultural understanding. Her experience on a diverse range of projects such as a regional transit fare review and a destination park design has led Collyn to her current interest: exploring the socio-economic and cultural challenges in transportation and energy planning. In her spare time, she enjoys dragon boat, running/cycling, and taking photos of the mountains.

Priyanka deSouza

Priyanka is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She holdsa Bachelor’s and Master’s of Technology in Energy Engineering with a minor in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2013). She received her MSc in Environmental Change and Management and MBA from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar (2013-2015). Priyankawasa consultant for UNEP in Nairobi for a year, where she was responsible for deploying a low-cost air quality monitoring network, and then moved to the MIT Senseable City Lab where she continued work on air quality monitoring. She is interested in exploring issues related to energy and air quality for her thesis.

Scott Gilman

Originally from Rochester, NY, Scott comes to MIT from Northampton, MA where he worked in the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab for the past two years. He graduated from Middlebury College with a joint major in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in African Studies. He is interested in the role of data visualization in environmental planning and is also an avid runner, skier, organist, carillonneur, and drone pilot.

Jinghong Lyu

Jinghong was born and raised in Beijing, China. She received her BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and Fudan University, where she focused on low carbon energy technology and climate change adaptation. She received her MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics from University College London , where she developedinterests in urban big data capture and analysis with a special concentration on air pollution. While at MIT, she intends to explore the role that urban data can play in tackling environmental problems and improving urban living environments. She worked as a research assistant at Tsinghua University for a year, where she designed an online air pollution analysis and visualization platform for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. She is recently into jazz dancing. 

Alexander Meeks

Alex’s interests center around urban and regional adaptation to climate change. As a Master of City Planning candidate, he intends to investigate methods of financing climate change planning and adaptation, as well as ways of monitoring and bringing about social equity in resilient, adaptive planning outcomes. Prior to MIT, Alex worked in construction management in Long Island, NY, where he managed contracting, finance and regulatory compliance for federally-funded disaster recovery and flood resilience programs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Alex graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology at Yale University, and grew up all around the coastal United States as a “military brat.” He enjoys social dancing, hiking and road-tripping.

Amy Myer

Coming to MIT from the Bay Area, Amy is a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Sheworked for several years as a consultant in energy efficiency, specializing in behavior-change programs and market characterization analysis. Most recently, Amy worked as an impact analyst and grant specialist for an Oakland-based Community Development Bank where she championed a beneficial banking model and transforming the banking industry. As a Master of City Planning candidate, she hopes to focus on the nexus between sustainability and development and redesigning a vision for urban sustainability that is bolstered by economic and social justice. In her free time Amy enjoys staying active, reading, and making friends with animals.

Benjamin Preis

Ben hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Tufts University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Peace & Justice Studies. After graduation, he was a government relations associate for universities and national laboratories at Lewis-Burke Associates in Washington, DC. At Lewis-Burke, he drew on his background in science and policy to help clients work with the federal government in engineering, the physical sciences and smart cities, with a focus on the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. His interests include the uses of science and technology in pursuit of social justice and community-driven goals.

Jessica Quezada

Jess comes to DUSP from Mexico. She studied Business Administration at ITAM andworked for New Ventures Group, supporting a number of impact entrepreneurs. Afterwards, she took part in Mexican energy reform by joining the Ministry of Energy, where she spent the past two years collaborating on the implementation of rules and mechanisms to ensure the efficient operation of the electricity market. Her research interests relate to sustainable development of the electricity sector.

Saritha Ramakrishna

Saritha is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She holds dual degrees in sustainability and economics from Arizona State University with. She then became a research analyst for a Cambridge-based environmental consultancy, where she assisted with projects in policy and economic analysis.   She is interested in new ways of evaluating policies related to urban heat island effects, climate resilience, air quality and more, focusing on distributional effects and metrics of equity. In her spare time, she volunteers with a community arts non-profit and loves to check out live music and gallery shows.

Marian Swain

Marian is excited to join MIT after several years conductingenergy and environmental research at the Breakthrough Institute, a think tank in Oakland, California. A Massachusetts native, she studied International Relations and German at Tufts University and spent some time living in Germany. Her research interest lies in how to resolve land use and siting issues that accompany a transition to clean energy. Outside of work, she likes reading fiction, going on motorcycle rides, and dancing.

Carrie Watkins

California native Carrie Watkins loves adventures. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2012 with a BA in International and Global Studies and a focus in the Global Environment. After graduating, she dedicated herself to a rapidly growing clean energy start-up, where she managed the community-based social marketing team to help Massachusetts residents access energy efficiency, rooftop solar, and community solar. She lived in Israel last year and spent an uncharacteristic amount of time holed up in a beit midrash (like a library except everyone’s talking) studying Torah. She sandwiched that year with two summers in Colorado heading up a team of rock climbing guides - planning, organizing, and leading weeklong trips for teenagers in the Rockies. As a candidate for the MA in City Planning, Carrie looks forward to mastering the skills she needs to help urban communities provide ample and equitable access to natural spaces.

Angela Wong

Angela Wong is interested in urban climate change adaptation and resilience. Prior to MIT, she worked as a consultant on climate adaptation at the local, national, and international levels. She studied environmental science at Barnard College.

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fall classes

11.011: Art & Science of Negotiation
Bruno Verdini
MW (3:00-430) 9-255
Introduction to negotiation theory and practice. Applications in government, business, and nonprofit settings are examined. Combines a "hands-on" personal skill-building orientation with a look at pertinent theory. Strategy, communications, ethics, and institutional influences are examined as they shape the ability of actors to analyze problems, negotiate agreements, and resolve disputes in social, organizational, and political circumstances characterized by interdependent interests.

11.148 / 11.368 Environmental Justice: Law and Policy
Gregg Macey
M (2:00-5:00) 9-451
Introduces frameworks for analyzing and addressing inequalities in the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. Explores the foundations and principles of the environmental justice movement from the perspectives of social science, public policy, and law. Applies environmental justice principles to contemporary issues in urban policy and planning. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

11.308 Ecological Urbanism Seminar
Anne Spirn
M (2:00-5:00) 10-401
Examines the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. Subject has two related major themes: how ideas of nature influence the way cities are perceived, designed, built, and managed; and how natural processes and urban form interact and the consequences of these for human health safety and welfare. Limited enrollment. 

11.165J / 11.477 Urban Energy Systems and Policy
David Hsu
TR (11:00-12:30) 9-450A
Examines efforts in developing and advanced nations and regions. Examines key issues in the current and future development of urban energy systems, such as technology, use, behavior, regulation, climate change, and lack of access or energy poverty. Case studies on a diverse sampling of cities explore how prospective technologies and policies can be implemented.

11.236 Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Dayna Cunningham, Alison Coffey
TR (5:00-6:30), Partial Term 9-451
Introduces students to participatory action research (PAR), an approach to research and inquiry that enables communities to examine and address consequential societal problems. Explores theoretical and practical questions at the heart of partnerships between applied social scientists and community partners.

11.315J Disaster Resilient Design
James Wescoat
T (9:00 -12:00) 5-232
Seminar examines the linkages between natural hazards and environmental design. Engages theoretical debates about landscapes of risk, vulnerability, and resilience. Participants generate proposals for disaster resilience through combinations of retrofit, reconstruction, resettlement, commemorative, and anticipatory design. Methods include rapid bibliographic search, risk analysis, landscape synthesis, and comparative international methods. Projects vary and may focus on current crises or involve collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network and other humanitarian organizations.

11.371J / 1.818J Sustainable Energy
Michael Golay
TR (3:00-5:00), F (1:00) 32-155, 32-144
Assessment of current and potential future energy systems. Covers resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use technologies, with emphasis on meeting 21st-century regional and global energy needs in a sustainable manner.

11.387 Environmental Finance and Political Economy
Janelle Knox-Hayes
M (3:00-6:00) 8-205
Examines the sociopolitical, cultural and economic dimensions of the financialization of environmental goods and services. Provides an introduction to key financial terms, practices, and institutions; analyzes the logics and origins of environmental finance, as well as the operation and implications of particular systems such as carbon-trading, REDD and ecosystem service pricing and swapping.

11.466J Technology, Globalization, and Sustainability: Transforming the Industrial State
Nicholas Ashford
W (4-6:30pm) E51-376
In addition to technological innovation, the globalization of trade is increasingly seen as the driving force of industrial economics. This seminar explores the many dimensions of sustainability and its relation to economic growth, and the use of national, multinational and international political and legal mechanisms to further sustainable development. Mechanisms for resolving the apparent conflicts between development, environment, and employment are explored.

11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy & Planning
Lawrence Susskind
TR (9:30-11:00) 9-450A
First coursein the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence. Reviews philosophical debates concerning growth and scarcity vs. deep ecology. Examines the ongoing policy debate around "command-and-control" vs. market-oriented approaches to regulation. Considers questions regarding the importance of expertise vs. indigenous knowledge.

11.630 Environmental Law & Economics
Nicholas Ashford, Chalres Caldart
TR (3:30-5:30) E51-057
This course is designed to introduce important issues in contemporary environmental law, policy, and economics. The roles and interactions of Congress, federal agencies, state governments, and the courts in dealing with environmental problems are discussed. Provides an introduction to basic legal skills: how to read and understand cases, regulation, and statutes; how to discover the current state of the law in a specific area; and how to take action toward resolution of environmental problems.

11.S938 Urban Ecology: Plants, People and Climate Change
Peter Del Tredici
TR (2:00-3:00) 9-450B
Urban ecology can be distinguished from its natural systems counterpart by the integration of human cultural practices into the study of biological and geological systems. Urban habitats are characterized by high levels of disturbance, impervious paving, and heat retention that alter environmental conditions in ways that promote the growth of stress-tolerant, early successional plants that have become the de facto native vegetation of cities.  Examines how the interacting forces of urbanization, globalization and climate change have shaped the ecology of our cities and how planning, design and management strategies can enhance the social and environmental value of these emergent ecosystems