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Kira Intrator, France. MCP 2012
Research topic: International Development in the context of Disaster Relief and Recovery
Kira Intrator is a Masters student in the International Development Group within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT. Kira’s thesis and current research is focused on International Development in the context of Disaster Relief and Recovery. As demonstrated in Haiti, due to social media and mobile phone usage the voices of those affected by the earthquake and the mobilized masses of global volunteers is exponentially growing in volume and in their potential for impact. As a Legatum Fellow, Kira is building a telephony prototype - Mobile Medical Emergency Responders (MMER) - and is exploring how and if it can act as a conduit between these two groups, and potentially factor into long-term recovery and development.
Kira was born and raised in aninternational community in France on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland, and moved to the United States for college where she pursued a BA in comparative religious studies and peace and conflict resolution. As an undergraduate Kira helped lead the marketing for an indigenous women weavers' cooperative in Sucre, Bolivia, and returned to undertake her undergraduate thesis research. After graduating with high honors from Haverford, Kira was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which allowed her to complete a one-year ethnomusicology project in eight countries, and work on the rights of single-slum dwelling women to housing in Mumbai, India. Kira came to MIT with a background working with urban youth at Year Up, a leading national (US-based) workforce development program where she led Year Up's site expansion research, managed Year Up's expansion efforts into Chicago and Seattle, and guided the strategic development of Year Up's governance bodies and boards.