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

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

Gregory is a PhD Candidate in Cyber Security for Urban Critical Infrastructure at MIT. His dissertation topic investigates technical, policy and managerial facets of securing city-sustaining critical infrastructure from cyber threats.  Modern cities rely on smart grids, connected water networks and internet-enabled transportation infrastructure. But, each step a city takes in this direction increases its reliance on the Internet of Things (IoT) and thus exposes it to even more serious cyber breaches. This threat is real and local as has been seen from the recent cyberattack on a Rye, New York dam, where Iranian hackers took control over the system controlling flow rates for the water.

Greg Falco
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

Ella is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental planning and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to her studies at MIT, she graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in economics and Columbia University with an MIA in environmental policy and an MA in quantitative methods. She has worked for a variety of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, including KPMG, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Earth Institute, and the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Ella Kim
Doctoral Student

Alexis is broadly interested in urban sustainability and environmental governance. She is currently researching urban institutional change in the United States, and investigating why some cities, and not others, accomplish the difficult work of translating their sustainability objectives into enduring reforms. Her dissertation focuses on the development of green stormwater infrastructure in several U.S. cities. She holds an M.C.P. from DUSP and a B.S.E. in environmental engineering from Princeton University. She previously worked in urban environmental education in Philadelphia.

Alexis Schulman
Doctoral Student

Chris is a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s Environmental Policy and Planning Group. He holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from MIT. His research focuses on the comparative analysis of conceptual models of innovation systems and empirical innovation indicators.

Chris Smith
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