Formerly known as the International Development and Regional Planning (IDRP) group, the International Development Group (IDG) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning conducts research and assists in the planning practice in countries around the world striving for social, political, and economic development. IDG faculty examines the urban, regional, and national socioeconomic impacts of major public and/or private investments, and address problems of squatter housing, municipal finance, metropolitan sprawl, and social disparities at a variety of scales. IDG faculty and students believe that effective planners operating in today's world must acquire an integrated institutional and historical view of economic, physical, political, and social factors.
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See also the Events page for a list of all events, current and prior.
VIDEOS FOR IDG CONFERENCE, "REFRAMING INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT" AVAILABLE ONLINE
On behalf of the organizing committee of "Reframing International Development", I want to thank you for making the event a success. Recordings of the different panels are now available at videos. Please share with your colleagues and enjoy!
Thank you again, the organizing committee:
Ben Bradlow,Devanne Brookins, Daniel Broid, Keren Charles, Eric Chu, Mariko Davidson, Paul DeManche, Faizan Jawed, Sofia Lopez, Jody Pollock, Elizabeth Resor, Julia Tierney, Patricio Zambrano-Barragan and Bish Sanyal. (picture above).
DUSP STUDENTS WIN MARTIN FELLOWSHIP AND CIS SUMMER GRANTS
PhD students Yuan Xiao (pictured right) won the Martin Fellow.
PhD student Wanli Fang won the Martin Fellowship and a CIS Summer Grant.
Congratulations to Yuan and Wanli!!
IDG FACULTY ANNETTE KIM TALKS ON "BEYOND COMPARISON: THE CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN THEORY" ON TUESDAY, MAY 1 @ 6PM IN 9-354
You are invited to join the IDG at MIT DUSP and the Urban Theory Lab GSD to discuss theoretical and cross-disciplinary methodological approaches to comparative studies in the context of global urbanization in "Beyond Comparison: Critical Geographies of Urban Theory". On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in room 9-354. Refreshments will be provided.
Neil Brenner is a professor of Urban Theory in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard
Annette M Kim is Associate Professor of International Urban Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT
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IDG FACULTY BALAKRISHNAN RAJAGOPAL TO PRESENT IN NIGERIA ON INTERNATIONAL LAW
DUSP/SPURS TALK ON STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING IN AFRICA ON MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 AT 12:00 PM IN THE STELLA RM (7-338)
The SPURS/Humphrey invite you to hear Peter Coolk, a former SPURS fellow, talk about Strategic Planning in Africa: the PIDA Project on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM in the Stella Rm (7-338).
As a Systems Analyst, Transportation Planner and Transport Economist, Peter Cook has worked primarily in developing countries over his 40 year professional career. His work has covered the areas of infrastructure planning, feasibility and planning studies, transport policy work and the design, implementation and application of a variety of GIS-based infrastructure decision-support systems. He has recently completed a continent-wide strategic planning exercise for Africa under the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). In the past Mr. Cook has developed performance-based planning and investment models both in the US and overseas for the water and transportation sectors. He has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and (after the Peace Corps) an M.B.A. from Harvard. He was also a SPURS fellow.
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URBANAFRICA @ MIT HOSTS A PANEL ON INSTITUTIONS, POLITICS AND LAND IN AFRICAN CITIES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
UrbanAfrica @ MIT invites you to a panel discussion on
Institutions, Politics, and Land in African Cities with Ellen Bassett of Portland State University, Michael Hooper of Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and Garth Myers of Trinity College, and moderated by Balakrishnan Rajagopal of MIT's Dept of Urban Studies and Planning.
The talk will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4:15pm in room 9-450.
Sponsored by the office of the Dean of Graduate Education, the International Development Group (IDG), and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
A SHELTER STRATEGY FOR HAITI ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
This Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 5:30 please join the Special Interest Group for Urban Settlements (SIGUS) and the International Development Group (IDG) for a conversation with Charles Setchell, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance:
“A Shelter Strategy for Haiti? Update on Post-Earthquake Shelter Recovery”
The talk will be in MIT room 9-520 at 5:30 pm.
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DUSP/SPURS TALK ON THE CHALLENGES OF DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 AT 5:30 PM IN THE STELLA RM (7-338)
The SPURS/Humphrey in collaboration with the DUSP Student Council invite you to the Fifth meeting on the SPURS/Humphrey Discussion Series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM in the Stella Rm (7-338). Wine, cheese and fruits will be served.
Moderator: Ofer Lerner, SPURS
- Democracy, is that replicable to every society? Examples from Pakistan - Amjad Ali, energy and infrastructure specialist, Pakistan
- The emergence of social urban movements in Poland – Are they capable of instituting a systematic change in local planning and governance? - Lukasz Pancewicz, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
- Making governance work for the poor – Innovation in poverty alleviation project in central India - Tasnim Khorakiwala, development practitioner, India
- Governing the city regions in China – Challenges and policies; the Hunan Case Study - Yongjian Xu, regional planner, Hunan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, China
Karen R. Polenske, Peter de Florez Professor of Regional Political Economy
Ben Bradlow, MCP student
Eric Chu, PhD student
DUSP IDG STUDENT, DIANA JUE, SELECTED FOR FULBRIGHT AWARD
Congratulations to Diana Jue! She has been selected for a US Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to India. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.
DUSP/SPURS TALK ON THE FEASIBILITY OF REGIONAL AND NATIONAL PLANNING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012 AT 5:30 PM IN THE STELLA RM (7-338)
The SPURS/Humphrey in collaboration with the DUSP Student Council invite you to the Fourth meeting on the SPURS/Humphrey Discussion Series on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM in the Stella Rm (7-338). Wine, cheese and fruits will be served.
Lukasz Pancewicz, SPURS
- Comprehensive urban planning in Bhutan – the dilemma of reality outpacing plans - Geley Norbu, chief urban planner, Thimphu Municipality, Bhutan
- Water scarcity and its infrastructure in Jordan – is decentralized planning effective to achieve economic development? - Tamer Al-Assad, coordination officer, the Millennium Challenge Account – Jordan, Jordan
- Transportation infrastructure planning in Santiago de Chile new financial district – how different stakeholders objectives influence planning outcomes? - Felipe Sandoval, architect, Department of Urban Consultancy, Municipality of Providencia, Chile
- Economic transformation of resource-exhausted cities in China – how can it be possible? - Weiwei Wu, School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
- Squatter upgrading settlements in Fiji – what after upgrading? - Mere Rayawa, principal administrative officer, Department of Housing, Fiji
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Planning
Lily Baum Pollans, PhD student
Mitchell Cook, PhD student
TWO DUSP IDG MCPs WIN THE 2012-2013 AKPIA@MIT TRAVEL GRANTS
Mariko Davidson - Promoting Walkable, Bikable Streets in Ahmedabad, India: Developing a Local Street Design Handbook
Sofia Lopez - The Egyptian Labor Movement in the Republican Period and Beyond
Congratulations, Mariko and Sofia!
DUSP/SPURS MARCH 2012 NEWSLETTER
Please click here to see the March issue of the SPURS Newsletter.
IDG MCP STUDENTS ALPITA MASURKAR AND KEREN CHARLES FEATURED IN IMMIGRATION ARTICLE
Alpita Masurkar and Keren Charles are featured in the Community Innovators Lab feature on immigration. See here for the article.
SPURS PROGRAM WINS 5-YEAR FUNDING AWARD
Congratulations to the SPURS program which has been selected by the Institute for International Education (IIE) for funding for the next five years. DUSP was the only planning school in the nation to have been selected in a very competitive process.
Special thanks to Nimfa V de Leon for her hard work and committment to the program and to the late Lloyd Rodwin for having the foresight to create the SPURS program in 1967.
DUSP IDG FACULTY, BISH SANYAL, WINS OUTSTANDING ALUMNA AWARD
Congratulations to DUSP IDG Chair, Bish Sanyal, for receiving the Outstanding Alumna Award from the Indian Institute of Technology on January 4, 2012.
DUSP STUDENT, KIRA INTRATOR, WINS NUMEROUS SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Kira Intrator; MIT Awards:
- 2011-2012 Legatum Fellow for Development & Entrepreneurship
Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship. Disaster Relief Technology. http://legatum.mit.edu/profile?pid=1077&back=1
- Economic Development Division, Team Winner, American Planning Association (APA). Published paper with APA - “Wealth Creation through Sustainable Forestry”.
- Tuition Scholar & Research Assistant Awardee, MIT. Research in supply-chain disaster relief management (2011-2012). Conducted interviews and led research for employment systems in the US for book released in 2011 by MIT Sloan professor (2010-2011)
- MIT Public Service Center/Urban Studies Program Summer Fellow, 2011. Internship: Disaster Relief Technology Headquarters, Google. Under the supervision of Director, Dr. Nigel Snoad. NYC. Summer 2011.
- Department of Urban Studies and Planning, William Emerson Travel Grant. 2011. University of Central Florida, Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab. Launch of Telephony Design for Disaster Relief Research under the supervision of Lab Director, Dr. David Metcalf and Luke Read.
DUSP IDG STUDENT, DIANA JUE, WINS NUMEROUS SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FOR HER ESSMART PROJECT
MCP2 student, Diana Jue, has been awarded:
- MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning William Emerson Travel Award
- MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Development Grant
- MIT International Development Initiative Technology Dissemination Fellowship
- MIT Legatum Center Independent Activities Period Seed Grant
- MIT Public Service Center and D-Lab Technology Dissemination Fellowship
Additionally, the Devex-USAID Essay contest accepted one of her essays.
Diana is working on a new project called Essmart (http://www.essmart-global.com/), which has been mentioned by the MIT New Office as one of the IDEAS Global Challenge teams: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/ideas-iap-challenge.html
IDG FACULTY BALAKRISHNAN RAJAGOPAL'S SPEECH ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION AVAILABLE ONLINE
IDG Faculty, Balakrishnan Rajagopal spoke at the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Study Group on "Beyond 'Rights' and 'Development' for tackling the sanitation challenge" Lessons from Gujarat, India". The talk was held at the Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein 219, at the Harvard Kennedy School. Here is a link to his speech.
DUSP/SPURS TALK ON PLANNING TO PLAN MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR RM (7-338)
The SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to hear John de Monchaux talk on Planning to Plan on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 12:15 in the Stella Rm (7-338).
Summary of the talk: How do you think about and design a forthcoming planning task: what are plans and knowing when one is called for; anticipating the issues that the plan will address, allocating human resources, and imagining processes, documents and commitments that are likely to lead to timely and effective plans.
Speaker bio: John de Monchaux is Professor of Architecture and Planning Emeritus and former Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning (1981-1992). Prior to 1981, he was principal planner with Kinhill Pty. Ltd., a planning, design, and engineering firm in Australia. He was previously a principal in the Llewelyn-Davies firms of architects and planners in the United Kingdom and in the United States. He has done projects in Australia, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Canada, and the United States, including a major program for slum upgrading and new sites and services housing in the Philippines. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Boston Civic Design Commission 1988- 1992. From 1992 to 1996, he served as the General Manager (part-time) of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a foundation based in Geneva concerned with the quality of architecture and human opportunity in the Muslim world.
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DUSP/SPURS TALK ON CHANGING THE WORLD ONE BOTTLE AT A TIME MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR RM (7-338)
The SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to a seminar on bringing solar power to the poor in the developing world titled "Changing the World One Bottle at a Time" by Illac Diaz on Monday, March 5, 2012 from 12:15 in the Stella Rm (7-338).
Summary of the talk: In Manila’s poorest districts, a revolution in zero-energy grassroots lighting is taking place. Beginning with one solar bottle light in April 2011, the program of MyShelter Foundation has now installed more than 15,000 solar bulbs in 20 cities around the country saving already millions of pesos to the beneficiary with savings off their electricity bills. The best part is the foundation produces very little of the production of the bulbs as its made in the community, by the community themselves out of waste that is normally thrown away.
Bio of the speaker: Illac Diaz is a social entrepreneur working in the ASEAN region empowering communities through the use of sustainable construction and appropriate technologies. Through the MyShelter Foundation, several pioneering programs in the country in rammed earth, bamboo, and PET plastic bottle construction. www.ALiterOfLight.org
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IDG FACULTY TO SPEAK ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION AT THE HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL CARR CENTER ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 AT 4PM
IDG Faculty, Balakrishnan Rajagopal will speak at the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Study Group on "Beyond 'Rights' and 'Development' for tackling the sanitation challenge" Lessons from Gujarat, India". The talk will be heldat the Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein 219, at the Harvard Kennedy School. More details available here.
DUSP WINS MISTI 2011-2012 AWARDS
Congratulations to the following students and programs for winning MISTI awards:
- Mitchell Cook for his research in India
- Alice Shay for her work on "The Contemporary IBA: Innovative Regeneration Strategies, Germany"
- Julia Tierney for her work on "The Pacification Police as Laboratory for Police Reform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil"
- The DUSP Community Innovators Lab for a biodigester project and learning hub in partnership with women wastepickers in Mumbai.
- The Senseable Cities Lab for their worn in investigating smart city technologies in developing countries.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LLOYD AND NADINE RODWIN FELLOWSHIP WINNERS 2011
The following students have been awarded the Lloyd and Nadine Rodwin fellowships:
Special thanks to the Rodwin family for establishing this fellowship.
DUSP/SPURS TALK ON PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS AS A SOURCE OF INSTITUTIONAL ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR RM (7-338)
The SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to a seminar on "Professional Networks as Sources of Institutional Innovation: Reforming Health and social Assistance in São Paulo, Brazil (1990-2008)" by Dr. Peter Houtzager, a Visiting Professor in IDG, on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 12:15 in the Stella Rm (7-338).
Peter P. Houtzager's current research explores how varied social networks permeate political institutions and government agencies in the cities of Delhi and São Paulo, and shape the public services available to the urban poor. He designs professional training courses and is developing a 22-day mixed-methods research course for mid-career African faculty and researchers. Houtzager has a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.Rm (7-338)
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DUSP/SPURS TALK ON BUILDING THE CONTEMPORARY PLANNING SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN RM 9-450B
The SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to a seminar on "Building the Contemporary Planning School: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe" by Piotr Lorens, a former SPURS Fellow, on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM in Rm 9-450B.
Piotr Lorens, PhD., DSc., is an Architect. He is Head of the Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Gdansk University of Technology, and Vice President, International Society of City and Regional Planners. Between 1996 and 1997, he was a Visiting Scholar and SPURS Fellow at DUSP. He has been involved in teaching and research projects throughout Europe. He has written and edited a number of volumes dealing with contemporary problems of urban design, development and management processes. At present, Piotr is a manager of a large-scale project aiming at developing new tracks of planning education, including graduate and post-graduate ones, at his home university. His professional interests focus on issues in urban regeneration, with special attention on planning and management of this process.
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DUSP IDG FACULTY, ALICE AMSDEN, PUBLISHED IN THE COLUMBIA FDI PERSPECTIVES
DUSP IDG Faculty, Alice Amsden, published an article on "Foreign Affiliates: Whose contribution to growth is greater?" in the Columbia FDI Perspectives [Perspectives on topical foreign direct investment issues by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment] No. 60 on February 13, 2012. You can read the article here.
DUSP IDG FACULTY, ALICE AMSDEN BOOK AVAILABLE IN JAPANESE, KOREAN AND VIETNAMESE
Congratulations to DUSP IDG Faculty, Alice Amsden, for having her book, "Escape From Empire", published in Japanese. See cover page here: AmsdenBookcover1.
PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION IN NON-WESTERN COMMUNITIES ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 AT 5:30 PM IN RM 9-450B
Accountability in planning processes in Indonesia – how to guarantee transparency?
Widya Anggraini, policy analyst, Tulungagung Planning and Development Agency, Indonesia
Linking public participation and government urban planning in Mexico – is it realistic?
Margarita Angeles Gonzalez, urban planner, Mexico
When a gay guy from Tel-Aviv is planning with Bedouin communities in Israel – what dilemmas does he face?
Ofer Lerner, Urban Planner, Israel
Moderator: Tamer Al-Assad
Responders: Phillip J. Thompson, Associate Professor of Urban Politics
Kian Goh, PhD student
Omar Masud, PhD student
Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 PM in 9-450B
Wine, cheese and fruits will be served.
DUSP/SPURS TALK BY DUSP ALUM SALO COSLOVSKY ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR ROOM
DUSP alum Salo Coslovsky will be speaking in the SPURS speaker series on "The Regulatory Advantage: How Prosecutors Enforce Labor and Environmental Laws in Brazil" on Monday, February 13, 2012 in the Stella Room (7-338) at 12:15 PM.
Salo Coslovsky is an Assistant Professor of International Development at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. His work bridges international development, legal sociology and organizational behavior and asks how developing countries can promote sustainable and equitable growth even when subjected to intense global competition. Methodologically, Coslovsky is interested in neglected or overlooked episodes of economic development that reveal how countries and regions can thrive even in the absence of so-called pre-requisites for growth. Salo Coslovsky has an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT.
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CARE THANKS DUSP FOR THE TALENT SHOW AND DONATION
DUSP IDG student, Keren Charles, organized the "DUSP Cabaret: A Fundraiser for the Horn of Africa" a talent show for CARE Charity, which is working in the Horn of Africa. The show raised $1,032, over double the expected amount, based on the generous donations from the DUSP community. Cathy Rawlinson from CARE USA sent a thank you note to DUSP.
Here is a clip from one of the performances:
DUSP IDG FACULTY, ANNETTE KIM, TO PRESENT ON URBAN PLANNING + ART PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT 12:30 PM IN RM. 9-450
DUSP IDG Faculty, Annette Kim, to present at the DUSP Sidewalk Laboratory (SLAB) and RISD D+M's Experimental Geographies Research Cluster for an open lecture and discussion. Dr. Kim will be presenting on "Urban Practice + Art Practice?" on Wenesday, Novermber 30 at 12:30 PM in Rm. 9-450.
"DUSP CABARET: A FUNDRAISER FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA" WEDNESDAY 16, 2011, 6:00 PM, BARTOS THEATER (OLD MEDIA LAB)
DUSP will have a night of talent to raise funds for the people suffering from famine in the Horn of Africa. Proceeds will be donated to CARE, a charity working there. Requested donations are $5 and according to the CARE web-site, $450 can provide water for 50 people for a month. If you attend, we can raise reach this goal!
Please contact Keren Charles, MCP'12 IDG, at email@example.com if you would like to perform or bring a dessert. Cabaret_Poster
DUSP FACULTY, PHIL THOMPSON, AND IDG ALUM, ANYA BRICKMAN RAREDON, PRESENT TO OXFAM AMERICA ON RECONSTRUCTION IN HAITI
In October 2011, a team of faculty and students from MIT and Harvard GSD, including DUSP Professor Phil Thompson and DUSP alum Anya Brickman Raredon (MCP, IDG 2011), were invited by Oxfam America, to present their strategy for post-earthquake reconstruction and community development as part of the "Je nan Je" conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
DUSP FACULTY, PHIL THOMPSON, AND IDG ALUM, ANYA BRICKMAN RAREDON, PRESENT TO FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON AND HAITIAN PRESIDENT MICHEL MARTELLY ON RECONSTRUCTION IN HAITI
In June 2011, a team of faculty and students from MIT and Harvard GSD, including DUSP Professor Phil Thompson and DUSP alum Anya Brickman Raredon (MCP, IDG 2011), were invited to present their strategy for post-earthquake reconstruction and community development to Former President Bill Clinton and Haitian President Michel Martelly as part of the Building Back Better Communities Housing Expo. The full documentation of this work can be downloaded here.
DUSP IDG ALUM ANYA BRICKMAN RAREDON'S MASTERS THESIS PUBLISHED
MCP/IDG alum Anya Brickman Raredon's master's thesis "Opportunity in Haiti: Women as Agents of Resilience in Post-Disaster Reconstruction" was published in the Online Sourcebook of the Gender and Disaster Network in July 2011.
DUSP PROFESSOR RALPH GAKENHEIMER BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED
DUSP Professor Ralph Gakenheimer to be published: Harry T. Dimitriou and Ralph Gakenheimer (eds.) URBAN TRANSPORT IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD (Edward Elgar Publishers, UK, April 2012).
Professor Gakenheimer is also advising for the Clean Air Institute in Latin America.
DUSP STUDENTS PUBLISHED BY WORLD BANK
Four DUSP students,
Justin Bates (MCP'12, EPP), Melissa Schrock (MCP'12, CDD), Miriam Solis (MCP'12, HCED) and Julia Tierney (MCP'12, IDG) along with Hannah Lee from Harvard contributed to the World Bank's Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities. Click GuideToClimateChangeAdaptationInCities_102711 to view the report.
Justin, Hannah, Melissa, Miriam, and Julia contributed to Chapter 4 "Developing a Roadmap for Adaptation" and Chapter 6 "Sector-Specific Adaptive Responses." They also collaborated with experts from the Urban Section at the World Bank and from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability in framing and suggesting content for the other chapters. Additionally, they traveled down to DC to present their findings in April.
DUSP IDG ALUM NEW STRATEGIC ADVISOR IN SIERRA LEONE
MCP/IDG alum Christina PioCosta-Lahue has been asked by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) to be a Strategic Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture in Sierra Leone for two years. This is the topic and the region of Africa in which Christina did her fieldwork for her Master's thesis, which is very relevant to her new position.
DUSP FACULTY ANNETTE KIM BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED
IDG Associate Professor, Annette M. Kim, will be publishing her new book, Sidewalk City: Re-mapping the Public and Space in Ho Chi Minh City, with the University of Chicago Press.
DUSP FACULTY ALICE AMSDEN PUBLISHED ARTICLE
Alice Amsden published an article in the MIT Facilty Newsletter, "Rise of the Rest, Fall of the Best?". Click AmsdenArticle to view the article.
DUSP FACULTY BALAKRISHNAN RAJAGOPAL PUBLISHED ARTICLE
IDG associate professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal published an article in the Huffington Post, "The Palestine UN Vote: Is there a Duty to Admit?" here.
DUSP IDG ALUM NORA LIBERTUM DE DUREN APPOINTED TED FELLOW
Nora Libertun de Duren, a former IDG doctoral student, was appointed as a TED Fellow. TED is an international multidisciplinary program committed to ¨ideas worth spreading¨ (www.TED.com). Nora also has recently accepted a new position as Lead Housing, Urban Planning, and Development Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank.
DUSP ALUM TOPHER MCDOUGAL PUBLISHED ARTICLE IN "THE LAW AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW"
Topher McDougal published an article in "The Law and Development Review". Please find it here.
"INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE CITY-REGION: WHAT DO WE KNOW AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO LEARN?" MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011, RM. 14-633 (MIT MEDIA LAB)Seeking to challenge conventional wisdom, this panel explores the most important, least understood questions in the realm of transnational change and development.
The following cross-cutting questions are posed: What is the role of cities in international migration? If cities can lead rather than just react, how? Where is the attention of engaged scholars needed most? How will global migration, rapid urbanization, and more diverse urban populations affect the capacity of urban regions to offer their residents access to economic opportunity in an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and resilient way? And on what policy and design decisions will those effects depend most?
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development; Director, MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice
- Devesh Kapur, Director, Centre for Advanced Study of India and Madan Lal Sobti Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania
- Natasha Iskander, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner
- Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College
"IDG STUDENT DINNER", TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011, 7:00 PM, STELLA RM. (7-338)
Daniel Broid, MCP'12 IDG, will lead the discussion on the Spring 2012 speaker series and the state of the IDG group.
"BRIDGING THE GAP: THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT: THE CASE OF MINING IN EL SALVADOR" WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011, 5:00 PM, RM. 7-431 (AVT) Francisco Pineda, environmentalist, community organizer and the latest recipient of the Goldman Environmental prize will be speak about the role of civil society in the protection of the environment. Mr. Pineda successfully rallied support from 26 communities around his hometown in El Salvador to halt progress in a gold mine that was threatening the livelihoods of the area. He will be joined by Sofia Vergara, Lead Organizer from Oxfam, to talk about his experience. For more details see the flyer: PinedaFlyer.
"BRIDGING THE GAP: THE CHALLENGES OF ACHIEVING BALANCED DEVELOPMENT IN PUERTO RICO SINCE 1940" MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011, 5:00 PM, RM. 32-155 (STATA)Lucilla Fuller Marvel has more than 38 years of experience in urban and social planning, housing and community development in Puerto Rico. Through her consulting firm, Taller de Planificación Social, she has produced social and housing plans directly with many communities, private entities, foundations, and city and state governments, using a participatory planning approach. For more details see the flyer: MarvelFlyer.
A licensed planner, she received the Puerto Rico Planning Society Outstanding Professional Planner Award in 1997. Ms. Marvel was Professor of Social and Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Planning of the University of Puerto Rico from 1973 to 1984, and visiting professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Services of the University of Puerto Rico from 1980 to 1999.
This is being hosted by the IDG's Practitioner Series in 2011-12 and the MIT's Community Innovator's Lab (CoLab).
"10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, 1:00 PM, STATA "STREET"The MIT International Development Network (IDN) will host the 10th Annual ID Fair. Students are invited to come out to learn more about the development projects and MIT and opportunities available for them to participate. Click here to learn more about it.
Keren Charles, MCP'12 IDG, will represent the IDG at the ID Fair. Click to see the IDG_Poster.
"TOWARDS UNIVERSAL WATER AND SANITATION ACCESS IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS: THE EXPERIENCE OF SAO PAULO" TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011, 5:15 PM, RM. CARR CENTER
Julia Tierney MCP'12 IDG, will speak about the human right to water and sanitation in Brazil with a focus on Sao Paulo.
"BRIDGING THE GAP: INNOVATING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TO WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS OF THE URBAN POOR", THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, STELLA RM. (7-338)
Jane Weru, leading housing rights activist and low-income housing finance expert from Kenya, and the winner of the 2011 Rockerfeller Foundation Innovation Award will speak to us about the informal housing market in Nairobi Kenya and what her organization is doing to help the communities in need. For more details, see the flyer: JaneWeruPoster.
This is being hosted by the IDG's Practitioner Speaker Series in 2011-12, the Program on Human Rights & Justice, UrbanAfrica, and the Sloan Africa Business Club. It is the inaugural event of UrbanAfrica, a new group initiated this year by students interested in issues of African cities.
DUSP IDG STUDENT BEN HYMAN - CARROLL WILSON AWARD
DUSP STUDENT DORIAN DARGAN SELECTED AS A "YOUNG FUTURIST" 2/2/11
The online magazine, The Root, has selected him as a "Young Futurist" for his work "empowering economically and socially marginalized communities." Link. To see a video of Dargan talking about his experiences look here.
DUSP ALUM GABRIELLE KRUKS-WISNER ARTICLE TO APPEAR IN "WORLD DEVELOPMENT" 1/14/2011
Her article "Seeking the Local State: Gender, Caste, and the Pursuit
of Public Services in Post-Tsunami India" will appear in World Development. It has not yet been assigned to an issue but can be found at ScienceDirect.com.