The Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability provides an inter-disciplinary forum for faculty and students at MIT to conduct research and exchange ideas about how to promote environmentally sound and socially just development. Many of the activities associated with PEGS draw on field-based knowledge from diverse international contexts. However, these approaches are complemented with consideration of global governance institutions, organizations, and processes.
Lectures and Special EventsPEGS sponsors lectures, seminars, and special events during the academic year. Details of upcoming activities will be posted on the
The Global Sustainability Working Group (GSWG) meets monthly during the academic year to discuss environmental challenges and appropriate governance frameworks. A summary of activities and meeting dates are available on the
JoAnn Carmin, Faculty Director
Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability
Center for International Studies
Amit Gandhi, is a second year Masterís student working with D-Lab in Mechanical Engineering. His research involves technological approaches to international development, focusing on the evaluation and assessment of solar lighting technologies in the developing world.
Kian Goh, AIA, LEED AP, is a first year PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Her research focuses on the intersection of the built environment, politics, and urban ecologies.
Nicole Labruto, is a first year doctoral student in the HASTS program. Her research examines the political, social, and economic effects of collaborations surrounding sustainable development in urban Brazil, with a focus on energy security and waste management.
Alpen Sheth,is a first year doctoral student in the DUSP program. His research examines the role of insurance and capital markets in climate change and disaster risk reduction policies, with a focus on the intersection of risk reduction, urbanization, and governance across developing and developed regions including the Caribbean and Asia Pacific Islands.
Maja Tampe, is a second-year PhD Student at MIT Sloan. Her research examines under what conditions ethical trade certification initiatives effectively improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by investigating the cocoa value chain in Ghana and Ecuador.
Liyan Xu, is a first-year PhD student at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is going to work with stakeholders in Wolong National Panda Reserve, China to find an alternative to the use of firewood as an energy source in order to protect the panda habitat as well as ensure the sustainability of the local socio-ecological system.