Andrea is a PhD student in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She is working with Professor Lawrence Susskind in the Environmental Policy and Planning Group. Prior to joining MIT, Andrea worked as a research assistant at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in a water resources management project in Tanzania. Andrea holds a M.Sc. in Bioresource Engineering (Integrated Water Resources Management) from McGill University, a M.A. in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.

Andrea Beck
Doctoral Student

Shekhar holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from a State Engineering College of Uttar Pradesh, India, and two masters—one from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore in Mechanical Sciences, and other from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. At Georgia Tech, he also earned a Graduate Certification in Public Policy. After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2010, he has been working with India’s National Planning Commission on policy issues related to energy, transport, infrastructure and governance. He coauthored chapters on energy and transport sectors for India’s Twelfth Five Year Plan with Member of the Commission and India’s former Union Cabinet Secretary. His book on governance, “Corruption and Economic Growth” published by Academic Foundation Press, New Delhi, was released by the President of India in 2015. His research focuses on energy & environmental policy, governance, negotiations and consensus building. He loves watching cricket, playing trombone and jet skiing.

Shekhar Chandra
Doctoral Student

Jungwoo is a PhD Student in public policy & planning at the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at MIT. Jung, a South Korean national, trained in law & diplomacy, and international affairs, is a passionate thinker on wicked policy questions with the aim of unpacking complex interactions between human and environmental spheres to envision sustainable society and economy.

Jungwoo Chun
Doctoral Student

Isadora is a doctoral student in the International Development Group at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research interests include urban water supply governance and finance, urban social movements, and participatory planning. Originally from Brazil, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília and a Master in City Planning from MIT/DUSP. Prior to coming to MIT, Isadora worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Brazil on projects about public participation in policy development. She is currently the Media and Communications Director of the MIT Water Club, having previously served as Lecture Series Chair and Co-Vice President of the club.

Isadora Cruxên
Doctoral Student

Priyanka is a PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She holds a 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

Priyanka de Souza
Doctoral Student

Aria is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a guest student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Marine Policy Center, where she researches marine planning. After she studied architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech and spent a few years practicing planning and urban design, she became interested in the application of urban planning tools to spaces that are not typically thought of as urban, especially insofar as they are used to rationalize territory in ways that perpetuate spatial injustice. At the moment, that means she is investigating marine planning processes and the interactions of ecological, economic, and political forces that shape submerged lands.

Aria Finkelstein
Doctoral Student

Jessica is a doctoral candidate in Environmental Policy and Planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.  She holds a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA in Development Studies from Brown University.  Her research interest is in the politics of climate change adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Jessica Gordon
Doctoral Student

Elise is a PhD student in Urban Studies and Planning working on environmental policy and decision making. Her research focuses on institutional decision-making and resource management, with an emphasis on distributed energy and water infrastructure. Prior to MIT, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in architecture and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Elise also worked as a research assistant for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and on policy for green infrastructure and stormwater management at PennDesign’s Green Cities Lab.

Elise Harrington
Doctoral Student

Yasmin is a doctoral student in Environmental Policy and Planning within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She holds an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from University of California – San Diego. She is involved with the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP), a five year effort to study and document sustainable urban development efforts in Malaysia and Water Diplomacy.

Yasmin Zaerpoor
Doctoral Student