Gabriella's research focuses on the dynamic relationship between social and fiscal responsibilities in the public sector, exploring the impact of fiscal and administrative reforms on city planning and public health in vulnerable urban and peri-urban communities in the global South. Her current work is based in Mozambique and Brazil, where she studies how international policy mobility and the decentralization of South-South cooperation ultimately translate at the neighborhood level, with a particular interest in community health outcomes.
Before coming to MIT, Gabriella was an Assistant Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. She has also worked in various capacities with the UN Millennium Project, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, Rockefeller Foundation, Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute, Oxford Analytica and a private management consultancy focusing on fixed income finance. A native of Queens, NYC, Gabriella spent most of her formative years as a student of/in New York, but also has studied and been an affiliated researcher in universities in Brazil, France, Mozambique, and the UK. She holds a BA in political science from Columbia (1997), a Master of Philosophy in development studies with a concentration on economics from the University of Oxford (2002) and a PhD in urban planning from Columbia (2008), where she was a NSF-IGERT fellow in international development and globalization.