Associate Professor of International Development and Urban Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Professor Carolini’s research and teaching at MIT interrogates how the governance of the financial architecture behind infrastructure systems, especially in the water and sanitation sectors, matters to the distributional fairness of a system’s benefits and, ultimately, the health of communities.  Her empirical focus centers on examinations of how public sector accounting, budgeting, financing, project evaluation, and partnerships entailed in water and sanitation systems shape the quality of life and health of some of the most marginalized groups across North America, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Gabriella’s work has been published in journals including the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning C, The Lancet, and the American Journal of Public Health, among others.

Gabriella Carolini
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Healthy Communities and Active Living, History and Theory of Planning, Infrastructure Systems, International Development

Research Associate, Entrepreneurial Negotiation Project
Instructor, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Founder and President, Meedance Consulting and Dispute Resolution
Samuel Dinnar teaches locally and globally courses he helped develop on mediation, advanced mediation, global negotiations, public speaking, entrepreneurial negotiation and a negotiation master class (personal coaching). Dinnar is founder and president of Meedance, a Boston-based strategic consulting and dispute resolution firm that provides consulting, training and mediation services of high-stakes complex business disputes to CEOs, founders, executives, investors, board-members, partners and outsiders. 
Dinnar has more than 25 years of international experience as an entrepreneur, executive, board member and venture capital investor.
He has an exceptional track record of general management and corporate growth leadership with two start-ups that revolutionized their industryin hi-tech and aerospace, including mergers & acquisitions, product management, sales and business development. Over the years as a consultant, Dinnar has conducted hands-on strategy, re-positioning, marketing and entrepreneurial projects in various domains including technology, consumer products, medical devices, biotechnology and software. Dinnar's education includes technical degrees in aerospace engineering and computer sciences from the Technion, a PMD from the Harvard Business School and certification as an FAA-rated jet pilot and flight instructor. Born in Boston, Dinnar resides in Massachusetts after having lived and worked overseas for many years where he gained invaluable proven experience in dealings across various continents and cultures.
Samuel "Mooly" Dinnar
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, Aerospace, Autonomous Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Negotiation, Mediation, Education, Blended Learning, Developing a Theory of Practice.

Marie Curie Global Fellow

Dr. Animesh Gain began his appointment as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow in Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) in September, 2019. Funded by the European Commission, Dr. Gain hopes to develop new understandings of complex human-water systems in large transboundary river basins. His goal is to enhance transboundary cooperation for international peace and security.  Since arriving at MIT he has published six papers including: Social-ecological system approaches for water resources management (International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology), Tidal river management for sustainable agriculture in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta: implication for land use policy (Land Use Change), Designing adaptation pathways for flood-affected households in Bangladesh (Environment, Development and Sustainability). During the spring 2020 semester, he co-taught Water Diplomacy (11.382) with Prof. Susskind, presenting has ongoing work on the Brahmaputra River Basin and guiding student case studies for the Aquapedia. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences and Frontiers in Water.

Animesh Gain
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Water Diplomacy

Program Manager, Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program, MIT

Selmah joined the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program, a five-year collaboration between MIT and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia that documents sustainable urban development efforts in Malaysia, in 2016. Her previous work includes positions at the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development in South Korea and at the University of Pennsylvania. Selmah’s experience in international education has involved partnerships with institutions in Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. She holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a B.A. from Middlebury College.

Selmah Goldberg
Staff Leadership

Research Interests

International Development, Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Management

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Water Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts

Shafiqul ("Shafik") Islam was the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering at Tufts University. Professor Islam's teaching and research interests are to understand characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing. His research group WE REASoN integrates "theory and practice" and "think and do" to create actionable water knowledge. He maintains a diverse network of national and international partnerships including MIT, Columbia University, Purdue University, Penn State University, Princeton, BUET in Bangladesh, University of Tokyo, ETH in Switzerland, ICDDRB in Bangladesh, IIT in India, and SaciWATERs to conduct multi-year and multi-million dollar interdisciplinary collaborative research for a wide range of problems focusing on water, health, and climate. His major research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Shafiqul Islam
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Water Diplomacy

Director of Communications, MIT Science Impact Collaborative

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Takeo graduated with Dean’s Honors and majors in East Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Biology. He was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at the University of San Diego where he completed a Masters in Peace and Justice. He is currently finishing a second masters degree with Dean's Honors at Harvard University. He also works with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, a Graduate Resident Tutor at Simmons Hall (MIT), and is a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State. 

Takeo Kuwabara
Staff Leadership

Research Interests

Conflict, Social Construction, Participatory Planning, Mediation, Dispute Resolution, Digital Learning, Democratization of Information, Social Justice, Environmental Justice

Professor of Information Technologies, MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT School of Engineering

Professor Stuart Madnick has been a faculty member at M.I.T. since 1972. He has served as the head of MIT's Information Technologies Group for more than twenty years. During that time the group has been consistently rated #1 in the nation among business school information technology programs (U.S. News & World Reports, BusinessWeek, and ComputerWorld). He has also been an affiliate member of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science, a member of the research advisory committee of the International Financial Services Research Center, and a member of the executive committee of the Center for Information Systems Research.

He is presently co-Director of the PROductivity From Information Technology (PROFIT) Initiative and co-Heads the Total Data Quality Management (TDQM) research program.

Stuart Madnick
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Connectivity among Disparate Distributed Information Systems, Database Technology, Software Project Management, and the Strategic use of Information Technology

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, MIT

Miho is an assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab. Working on a large, territorial scale with an interest in public spaces and the urban experience, she is known for her work in disaster resilience.

Urban Risk Lab is a cross-disciplinary organization of researchers, designers and decision makers affiliated with MIT – operating at the intersection of risk and disaster, storms and earthquakes, floods and fires, ecology and infrastructure, research and action, addressing the most challenging aspects of contemporary urbanization. The Urban Risk Lab is a place to research and innovate on technologies, techniques, materials, processes, and systems to reduce risk. We develop methods to embed risk reduction and preparedness into the design of the regions, cities and everyday urban spaces to increase the resilience of local communities.

Miho Mazereeuw
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Community Resilience, Urban Resilience to Natural Disasters, Risk Assessment, Built Environment, Climate Change, Urbanization, Innovation 

Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

William Moomaw is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. He graduated from Williams in 1959, and is a physical chemist with a PhD from MIT. He works to translate science and technology into policy terms using interdisciplinary tools. His major publications are on climate change, energy policy, nitrogen pollution, forestry financing and management and on theoretical topics such as the Environmental Kuznets Curve.  

Dr. Moomaw currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Climate Group, Clean Air-Cool Planet (which he co-founded), Earthwatch Institute, Center for Ecological Technologies and the Consensus Building Institute. He has facilitated sessions with negotiators of international treaties.

William Moonmaw
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Quantitative Indicators of Environment and Development, Sustainable Development, Trade and Environment, Technology and Policy Implications for Climate Change, Water and Climate Change, Biodiversity, Negotiation Strategies for Environmental Agreements

Assistant Professor of Law Contact, Suffolk University Law School
Sharmila L. Murthy is an Assistant Professor at Suffolk University Law School, where she teaches property law, environmental law, international environmental law, and a course on global poverty and human rights. Her research focuses on the intersection of human rights, poverty, and the environment. She is particularly interested in examining legal and policy barriers to equitable water access and sustainable water management and a list of her scholarly publications is available here. In 2014, Sharmila was selected as a finalist for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Previously, Sharmila was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she served as the lead investigator for water for the Project on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development through the Sustainability Science Program. She also co-founded the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program as a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. In addition, Sharmila has taught as part of the Water Diplomacy Workshop since 2013.

Sharmila Murthy
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Poverty Law, Property Law

Associate Professor of Law and Development, MIT

Rajagopal is Associate Professor of Law and Development at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and founding Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the founder of the Displacement Research and Action Network.  He is recognized as a leading participant in the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) Network of scholars and is one of its founders, and is recognized as a leading global commentator on issues concerning the global South.  He has been a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law, and is currently on the Asia Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch, the International Advisory Committee of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and the International Rights Advocates.  He is a Faculty Associate at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC, the Madras Institute of Development Studies and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University and a Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace, University of Melbourne Law School and the Washington College of Law, the American University. 

Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Economic Development, Globalization, International Development, International Studies, Land Use, Land Use Law and Planning, Law and Policy, Postcolonialism, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning

Associate Professor of Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Noelle is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research uses atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making on air pollution, climate change and hazardous substances such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Professor Selin received her PhD from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences as part of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group, where she developed and evaluated a global, 3D model of mercury pollution. Prior to her current appointment, she was a research scientist with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. In addition to her scientific work, she has published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, in particular focusing on global efforts to regulate hazardous substances. Previously, she was a research associate with the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a visiting researcher at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked on chemicals issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Noelle E. Selin
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Associate Director and a Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT

Howard Shrobe is Associate Director and a Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL.  His research interests include software and hardware architectures for computer security and the use of AI techniques in software development and other engineering disciplines.

Howard Shrobe
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Software and Hardware Architectures for Computer Security, the use of AI Techniques in Software Development and other Engineering Disciplines

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT

Anne has an international reputation as the preeminent scholar working at the intersection of landscape architecture and environmental planning. Her first book, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design, won the President's Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1984, has been translated into two other languages, and remains a standard university text. Her new book, The Language of Landscape, sets out a theory of landscape and aesthetics that takes account of both human interpretive frameworks and natural process. She is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Spirn is credited with playing a seminal role in applying theories and principles of ecological landscape design to urban areas. Her path-breaking scholarly research and writing applies ecological principles to urban settings. Since 1987, she has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP), in an inner city community near the University of Pennsylvania. The WPLP links landscape design, community development, and urban stormwater management through an action research program integrating research, teaching and community service. Its goals include development of strategic landscape plans to enhance environmental quality, implementation of landscape improvements to stimulate economic development, and mutual strengthening of public school curricula and undergraduate and professional education. The project was cited as a "Model of Best Practice" at a White House summit in March 1999 for forty leading "Scholars and Artists in Public life.

Anne Spirn
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Community Planning and Economic Development, Infrastructure Planning, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Urban Design

Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT

Professor Susskind's research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, global environmental treaty-making, the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, renewable energy policy, climate change adaptation and the land claims of Indigenous Peoples. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of twenty books including, most recently, Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation (Anthem), the second edition of Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford Press), Good for You, Great for Me(Public Affairs Press) Water Diplomacy (Resources for the Future), Built to Win (Harvard Business School Publishing), Multiparty Negotiation (Sage), Breaking Robert's Rules (Oxford), The Consensus Building Handbook (Sage), and Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press). Professor Susskind is currently Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, the Director of the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) and co-director of the Water Diplomacy Workshop. He is Founder of the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit that provides environmental mediation services around the world. He also was one of the co-founders of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he now directs the MIT-Harvard Public Negotiations Program, serves as Vice Chair for Education, and co-directs the Negotiation Pedagogy Initiative.

Lawrence Susskind

Research Interests

Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Land Use Law and Planning

Associate Professor Urban Studies & Planning, MIT

Phil is an urban planner and political scientist. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1977, a M.U.P. from Hunter College in 1986, and a PhD. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1990. Phil worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority, and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. Phil is a frequent advisor to trade unions in their efforts to work with immigrant and community groups across the United States. Phil’s most recent academic work includes a 2004 review of public health interventions in poor black communities (written with Arline Geronimus) published in the Du Bois Review, entitled “To Denigrate, Ignore, or Disrupt: The Health Impact of Policy-induced Breakdown of Urban African American Communities of Support,” an article entitled “Judging Mayors” in the June 2005 issue of Perspectives on Politics, and a recent book called “Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities and the Struggle for Deep Democracy” published by Oxford University Press


J. Phillip Thompson
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Community Planning and Economic Development, Housing, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning

Lecturer Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Executive Director, MIT-Mexico Negotiation Program​

At MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Dr. Verdini’s research focuses on cognitive and emotional insights from the fields of negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution; management strategies from the practice of adaptive leadership and collaborative decision-making; and the narrative structure of compelling political communication.

Dr. Verdini received MIT’s first ever interdisciplinary and interdepartmental Ph.D. in Negotiation, Communication, Diplomacy, and Leadership. His work, which explores how to improve transboundary natural resource management negotiations, won the 2015 Harvard Law School Award for the best research in negotiation, competitive decision-making, mediation, and dispute resolution. Selected from across diverse fields of study, including business, economics, law, government, and psychology, this is the first time that the annual award has been given to an MIT alumnus, as well as the first time it has been awarded to someone from Latin America.

Bruno Verdini
Assistant Director

Research Interests

Alternative Energy, Climate Change, Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Government, International Studies, Resource Management, Water Conservation

Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Daniel J. Weitzner's group studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he lead initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information. Weitzner was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, crafting laws that provide protection against government surveillance of email and web browsing data. His work on US legislation limiting the liability of Internet Service Providers laid the foundations for social media services and supporting the global free flow of information online. Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing. At the World Wide Web Consortium, he lead the development of security and privacy standards, and Linked Data architectures now used to make data on the Web easier to analyze. He received the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award in 2013.

Daniel Weitzner
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Aga Khan Professor of Architecture, MIT

James's research has concentrated on water systems in South Asia and the US from the site to river basin scales. For the greater part of his career, Professor Wescoat has focused on small-scale historical waterworks of Mughal gardens and cities in India and Pakistan.

He led the Smithsonian Institution's project titled, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore," which resulted in a co-edited volume on Mughal Gardens: Sources, Places, Representations, Prospects, and The Mughal Garden: Interpretation, Conservation, and Implications with colleagues from the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore. These and related books have won awards from the Government of Pakistan and Punjab Government.

More recently, he has organized a garden and waterworks conservation workshop at the Nagaur palace-garden complex in Rajasthan for the Mehrangarh Museum Trust; and a workshop on the "Three Shalamar Baghs of Delhi, Lahore, and Srinagar" with colleagues from those cities.

At the larger scale, Professor Wescoat has conducted water policy research in the Colorado, Indus, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins, including the history of multilateral water agreements. He led a USEPA-funded study of potential climate impacts in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). More recently, he led an NSF-funded project on "Water and Poverty in Colorado." He is currently conducting comparative research on international water problems.

In 2003, he published Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press); and in 2007 he co-edited Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power (Springer Publishing) for LAF Landscape Futures Initiative.

James Westcoat
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Environmental Planning and Management, Infrastructure Systems, Landscape Architecture and Natural Systems

Retired Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Michael Wheeler has taught Negotiation in Harvard Business School's MBA program since 1993. He also teaches in a wide variety of on-campus executive courses, including Strategic Negotiation, which he co-chairs with Professor James Sebenius. Working with HBX, he recently created Negotiation Mastery, a 40-hour, highly interactive course on HBS's digital learning platform. It launched in February 2017 He is currently collaborating with the Baker Library to create Negotiate 1-2-3, an on-line, multi-media resource.

Michael Wheeler
Faculty Contributor

Research Interests

Negotiation Dynamics, Dispute Resolution, Ethics, Distance Learning, Conflict Management, Crisis Management, Ethics, Organizational Learning